No Patriots defender received a single MVP vote for Super Bowl LIII performance

The New England Patriots defense held the Los Angeles Rams to just three points en route to their Super Bowl LIII victory on Sunday night. 

The stellar performance has earned high praise for Bill Belichick's defense, as well as now-former linebackers coach and defensive play caller Brian Flores. The Rams became only the second team in history to score just three points in a title game. 

But according to NFL.com, that wasn't an impressive enough feat to earn even a single MVP vote for any defensive player on the Patriots. 

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Super Bowl LIII MVP was awarded to wide receiver Julian Edelman who proved to be Tom Brady's most reliable target during the game, hauling in 10 catches for 141 yards. 

However, cornerbacks Jason McCourty and Stephon Gilmore were among the players on the other side of the ball to make some potentially game-saving plays. McCourty broke up a near-touchdown to Rams receiver Brandin Cooks in the third quarter, while Gilmore intercepted a Jared Goff pass at the four-yard line with just over four minutes remaining in the game. 

Linebacker Dont'a Hightower also recorded two critical sacks

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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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It's often said that defense wins championships, and Super Bowl LIII certainly proved that – though apparently, the MVP voters disagreed. Even Edelman himself said that the defense was "the real MVP" of the game. 

Edelman did not win the award unanimously, which likely translates to some votes being cast for Rob Gronkowski, who set up the game's only touchdown, or kicker Stephen Gostkowski, who ended up as the game's leading scorer.

The most recent defensive player to win Super Bowl MVP was Von Miller of the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50. Only 11 defensive or special teams players have ever won the award. 

Related: See inside the team's victory celebration: 

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Linebacker Kyle Van Noy shows the depth of the crowd on an unseasonably warm Boston day.

(Photo via @realkylevannoy/Instagram)

Jason McCourty (right) celebrates with former Cleveland Browns teammate Danny Shelton after the two experienced a 0-16 season last year.

(Photo via @mccourtytwins/Instagram)

Jason (left) and Devin McCourty celebrate with their mother, Phyllis Harrell.

(Photo via @mccourtytwins/Instagram)

Cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who made a game-saving interception in the Super Bowl, donned a "Happy Gilmore" tee at the celebration.

(Photo via @bumpnrungilmore/Instagram)

Twin brothers Jason (30) and Devin (32) McCourty are seen on Stephon Gilmore's Instagram story.

(Photo via @bumpnrungilmore/Instagram)

Patriots players, including Jason McCourty, celebrate on a duck boat.

(Photo via @bumpnrungilmore/Instagram)

Safety Duron Harmon, right, wore Tom Brady's high school jersey to the parade.

(Photo via @bumpnrungilmore/Instagram)

Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman holds the Lombardi Trophy.

(Photo via @edelman11/Instagram)

A shirtless Rob Gronkowski celebrates with running backs Sony Michel, left, and James White, right, on White's Instagram story.

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Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman addresses the crowd of roughly one million Patriots fans.

(Photo via @edelman11/Instagram)

Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman holds the Lombardi Trophy.

Photo via @edelman11/Instagram)

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