The Patriots found one play that worked in the Super Bowl and then ran it over and over to score the game's only touchdown

  • The New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams, 13-3, in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday.
  • The only touchdown of the game came thanks to a single play that the Patriots ran three times in a row to tear through the Rams defense in the fourth quarter.
  • The play was able to work again and again for the Patriots thanks to their deep pool of potential receivers and the brilliance of Tom Brady.
  • Follow along with all of INSIDER's coverage of Super Bowl LIII here.

The New England Patriots are once again Super Bowl champions, defeating the Los Angeles Rams, 13-3, on Sunday to lift the Lombardi Trophy for the sixth time in 18 seasons.

The final score was a shocking result after a record-setting year of scoring in the NFL, as Super Bowl LIII will go down as the lowest-scoring championship in NFL history.

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Points were tough to come by in the game, with the Patriots managing the single touchdown that was scored on Sunday. The fourth quarter scoring drive was sparked by a single play — Hoss Y-Juke — that the Patriots ran on three straight plays, gaining 49 yards to get to the Rams one-yard line and set up Sony Michel for the game-winning touchdown.

The play is rather simple, and a fantastic example of what makes the Patriots so good, with its success depending on individual execution and Brady's decision-making.

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Tom Brady (12) de los Patriots de Nueva Inglaterra festeja tras un touchdown ante los Rams de Los Ángeles durante la segunda mitad del Super Bowl, el domingo 3 de febrero de 2019, en Atlanta. (AP Foto/Jeff Roberson)
New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski (87) catches a pass in front of Los Angeles Rams' Marcus Peters (22) and Cory Littleton (58) during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
New England Patriots' Stephon Gilmore, right, intercepts a pass intended for Los Angeles Rams' Brandin Cooks (12) during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
New England Patriots' Kyle Van Noy (53) sacks Los Angeles Rams' Jared Goff (16) during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
New England Patriots' Jason McCourty (30) breaks up pass intended Los Angeles Rams' Josh Reynolds (83), during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Los Angeles Rams' Aaron Donald (99) hits New England Patriots' Tom Brady (12) during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
New England Patriots' Stephen Gostkowski (3) gestures after scoring a field goal, during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. The Patriots defeated the Rams 13-3.(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Los Angeles Rams' Robert Woods (17) breaks a tackle by New England Patriots' Jonathan Jones (31) during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
New England Patriots' Tom Brady (12) throws the ball as Los Angeles Rams' Ndamukong Suh (93) rushes during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Los Angeles Rams' Jared Goff (16) throws a pass during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Los Angeles Rams' Greg Zuerlein (4) watches his field goal during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
New England Patriots' Jason McCourty (30) breaks up a pass intended for Los Angeles Rams' Brandin Cooks (12) during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 03: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots runs the ball against John Johnson #43 of the Los Angeles Rams in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 03: Sony Michel #26 of the New England Patriots scores a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 03: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots celebrates after defeating the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 03: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots is interviewed after his teams 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams during Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 03: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots and teammate Tom Brady #12 celebrate at the end of the Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. The New England Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 03: James Develin #46 of the New England Patriots celebrates with his son William Robert Develin after the Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. The New England Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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New England lines up with five receivers, sending the outside men on quick hitch routes, and the two receivers inside them on seam routes. The slot receiver — usually Julian Edelman — is left with the option to find space depending on how he's covered.

You can read a detailed breakdown of Hoss Y-Juke here, but watching the Patriots run the play three times in a row, it's easy to see why the play works well for Brady and his talented receiving corps.

With the ball at midfield, Brady found Edelman in the middle of the field, who was able to turn and take the ball for a 13-yard gain. With the other four receivers taking the lion's share of the Rams' attention, Edelman was left with linebacker Cory Littleton as the only defender on him.


On the next snap, the Patriots turned to the play again. This time, it was Rex Burkhead who was the open man, running the hitch route on the left side of the field.


After finding both Edelman and the hitch route, Brady used their third time running the play to throw over the top to tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was able to gain a step on his defenders and bring the ball down to the Rams' one-yard line.


The Patriots were able to pull this play three times in a row thanks to two of their most valuable assets — a slew of great pass-catchers, and Tom Brady.

Hoss Y-Juke needs five viable receiving threats to work, and between Edelman, Gronk, and running backs including James Develin, Rex Burkhead, and James White, the Patriots have plenty of options to fill out the play as they see fit.

Additionally, the play requires a quarterback you can trust both to find the right receiver and to handle himself in an empty backfield — no small feat when the opposing pass rush features Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh.

On Sunday, Brady ran the play to perfection three times in a row, putting the Patriots at the one-yard line to set up Sony Michel for the only touchdown of the game.

There were countless moments that could have swung Super Bowl LIII one way or another, but in the end, it was one play, run three times in a row, that gave the Patriots the win.

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