With 1:16 remaining in Super Bowl LIII, the New England Patriots had a decision to make.
Faced with fourth and inches from the Los Angeles Rams’ 24-yard line, a first down would have sealed the championship there and then for the Patriots.
But they led 10-3 - a seven-point lead - and had already forced the Rams to use all three timeouts.
So, trusting his special teams unit, Bill Belichick sent Stephen Gostkowski out and the Patriots’ kicker made the 41-yard field goal that made it a two-score game.
There was certainly some risk in the decision. Gostkowski missed a 46-yard attempt in the first half and if he failed to convert this one, Los Angeles would have been presented with a chance to drive the field in search of a touchdown.
As it went, the 10-point lead that Gostkowski’s field goal gave the Patriots proved to be insurmountable.
But it wasn’t a decision that came easy to Belichick.
Brady convinced Belichick to kick FG
Footage has emerged from Inside the NFL showing the 66-year-old had to be convinced to kick the field goal, with Brady helping to persuade him.
“Why don’t we just kick the field goal?,” Brady said to his head coach. “40-yarder and the game’s over.”
Belichick responded: “Yep, alright. Let’s go, field goal.”
Thankfully for New England, it proved to be the right call.
The Rams’ ensuing drive ended in a missed field goal as the Patriots secured their sixth Super Bowl.
Julian Edelman was the star of the show, the wide receiver earning the MVP award after catching 10 passes for 141 yards.
The former Kent State quarterback was the subject of special praise from Belichick afterwards.
“Certainly Julian epitomises the work ethic, toughness - mental and physical - determination and will and his extraordinary ability to perform under pressure,” Belichick said on Monday, per Sky Sports.
"We have so many guys who do that well in so many different ways. He's truly in the mould of one of the great versatile Patriots.”