Neither offense was very effective during Super Bowl LIII but Patriots' wide receiver Julian Edelman was far and away the most productive player on the field. Edelman managed to find separation from whomever lined up opposite him and Tom Brady delivered him the ball whenever possible.
Edelman finished the first half with a Super Bowl-record seven receptions, going on to become one of three players in Super Bowl history to grab 10-plus receptions and record 140-plus yards. The 32-year-old wide receiver earned MVP honors for his outstanding performance on Sunday.
Julian Edelman is the MVP of Super Bowl LIII— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) February 4, 2019
Despite entering the season on a four-game suspension for PED use, Edelman was able to turn things around and ended up winning one of the most prestigious awards in the league. He etched his name into the NFL's history books after a stellar performance and certainly put himself in Hall of Fame discussion going forward.
Edelman is the first wide receiver to win the award since Pittsburgh Steelers' Santonio Holmes earned the honors in 2009 after his incredible game-winning catch.
As the MVP of this year’s Super Bowl, Patriots’ WR Julian Edelman is playing himself into a spot in Canton in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 4, 2019
Edelman will be adding his third ring to his trophy case, as well as his first-ever Super Bowl MVP award. He was the deciding factor that put the Patriots' offense over the top, extending the team's drives and making key catches throughout.