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“It doesn’t change anything,” he told CBS.
“It’s been a great year. I’m so happy for my team-mates. This is a dream come true for all of us.”
Belichick had a defiant message for the Patriots’ detractors after the victory in the lowest-scoring game in the 53rd edition of the NFL showpiece final.
“It’s sweet,” Belichick told CBS. “Everybody counted us out from the beginning the season, mid-season, but we’re still here.”
Julian Edelman was voted most valuable player with 141 yards receiving. The wide receiver now has 115 post-season receptions, second in NFL history to Jerry Rice, who had 151.
Speaking at the MVP media conference on Monday, Belichick lauded Edelman, while also highlighting the collective spirit.
Belichick added: “I can’t say enough about our football team. Certainly Julian epitomises the work ethic, toughness – mental and physical – determination and will and his extraordinary ability to perform under pressure. We have so many guys who do that well.
“He’s truly in the mould of one of the great versatile Patriots. I’m personally happy for Julian. It’s rewarding for me to see the success that he’s achieved.”New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman was named Super Bowl LIII MVP (David J. Phillip/AP)
Belichik described comparisons with the NFL coaching greats as “incredibly flattering”, adding: “It’s what we were able to accomplish as a team that makes me most proud.”
There were no questions on Monday about Edelman’s four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy which saw him miss the start of the season. The substance has not been revealed.
He was asked about recovering from the knee injury which saw him miss the 2017 season before his return this year and spoke about the collective.
“A resilient group and one you’re never going to forget. It was unbelievable,” he said.
The win was built on defence – and Brady’s experienced leadership.
He threw for 262 yards and engineered the game’s only touchdown drive as Sony Michel punched the ball in to give New England the lead midway through the fourth quarter.
Brady told CBS: “We’ve been this far and lost, which is really tough. We had a lot of resolve these past couple of weeks.
“I wish we had played a little better on offence, but we won, I can’t believe it. Super Bowl champs.”
Rams head coach Sean McVay took responsibility for the defeat.
“I just never enabled us to get into a rhythm offensively,” he said on nfl.com.
“They did a good job, and it seemed that any time we got a little bit of a positive play then we’d end up having a penalty or move ourselves back.
“Credit to them, they did a good job, and I certainly didn’t do enough for us.”
Quarterback Jared Goff added: “I’m mad at myself. I wish I would’ve done things differently. I wish I could’ve made extra plays.”
– Press Association
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