In Super Bowl 52, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw for a Super Bowl record 505 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. The Patriots amassed 613 total yards – the most by any Super Bowl team ever. They also scored the most points by any team to lose the Super Bowl. That’s right. They lost.
The Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl 52 by a score of 41-33. All of the team and individual records didn’t matter. The scoreboard revealed the difficult, but straightforward truth.
One year later, the Patriots were in the Super Bowl again. This time, they played the Los Angeles Rams. Tom Brady threw for 262 yards and one interception. The only touchdown scored was by New England running back Sony Michel. Super Bowl 53 was the lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever as the Patriots and Rams combined to score 16 points. New England posted the lowest winning point total – 13 – in Super Bowl history. That’s right. They won. Again, the scoreboard delivered the unvarnished truth.
What a difference a year makes. One produced a glamorous loss. The next gave a rather pedestrian victory. Either way, the scoreboard was the difference between a daytime parade and midnight applause on the tarmac from some diehard fans. The scoreboard does not lie. We should accept its truth, turn to our opponent and shake hands. It works in the Super Bowl and it works in real-life.