While Edelman’s contributions with the ball in his hands will be remembered long after the confetti has been swept off the turf at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, his greatest contribution might have come in the huddle during New England’s game-winning touchdown drive.
With the game tied 3-3 and both offenses sputtering, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels made an adjustment to go to a two tight end set in order to attack the Rams’ base 3-4 defense through the air. Edelman knew if the Patriots finally were going to hit pay dirt, they would need tight end Rob Gronkowski to do what he does best: make a play.
“You know, Julian, on that drive, looked at me and said, ‘We need another play out of you, Rob. We need a huge play,'” Gronkowski said after the game, via the NFL.
The 29-year-old tight end did just that, hauling in an 18-yard pass to begin the drive, and then snagging a 29-yard strike to set the Patriots up at the Rams’ 2-yard line, Running back Sony Michel plunged into the end zone on the next play to give New England a 10-3 lead and that would be all Bill Belichick’s defense would need to secure the franchise’s sixth Super Bowl title of the Tom Brady-Belichick era.
Simply put, Edelman did it all to help the Patriots win their third Super Bowl title in five seasons.
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