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Video: Sony Michel puts the Patriots ahead with Super Bowl 53’s first touchdown

Sony Michel

It took a rookie to end an excruciating touchdown drought in Super Bowl 53. That’s New England Patriots first-year tailback Sony Michel, who punctured the Los Angeles Rams’ defense with a short two-yard rumble in the fourth quarter. Stephen Gostkowski scored the extra point to give the Pats a 10-3 lead.

The first three quarters of Super Bowl 53 have been an agonizing one to watch, especially for those who tuned in to see both the Patriots and the Rams light up the scoreboard with offensive fireworks. While that obviously hasn’t been the case in this game, which was pegged with an over/under betting line of 56, the Patriots seem to be getting their rhythm on offense in the fourth quarter.

It’s also worth noting here that Michel’s touchdown was unlikely to take place had it not been for a perfectly placed lob pass by quarterback Tom Brady to tight end Rob Gronkowski on a prior play that gained New England 29 yards.

Sony Michel has been huge for the Patriots in the playoffs. Back in the divisional round, he rushed for 129 yards and three touchdowns against the Los Angeles Chargers. He followed that up with a 113 rushing yards performance to go with two touchdowns in an overtime victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. Not bad for a rookie.