Stephon Gilmore caps career year in style with game-sealing interception in Super Bowl LIII

Ryan Hannable
February 04, 2019 - 8:12 am

ATLANTA — Stephon Gilmore was the only member of the Patriots to make the first-team All-Pro team this season, and he showed why Sunday night in Super Bowl LIII.

After Sony Michel recorded a two-yard touchdown with exactly seven minutes remaining in regulation, which gave the Patriots a 10-3 lead at the time, the Rams marched down the field and into New England territory. It looked like they were building momentum, but when Jared Goff took a shot at the end zone, Gilmore was there to pick off the under thrown ball intended for Brandin Cooks.

The pick with 4:24 remaining essentially clinched the win for the Patriots.

"I just knew I couldn't drop it,” he said. “I saw it the whole time and I knew Jared Goff was going to chuck it up. It was probably one of the easiest picks I've had all year."

Gilmore added: "It's a great feeling. It was a great play for me, but I couldn't have done it without the pressure on the quarterback. It goes hand in hand. It's not just me. I try to do my job the best that I can, but I think our team played great."

For the majority of the game Gilmore was matched up with Cooks, and handled him quite well. Gilmore allowed four catches on eight targets for 48 yards with an interception and a pass breakup when matched up Cooks.

In his second season with the Patriots, it is his first ever Super Bowl, and a much different feeling than a year ago following the loss to the Eagles.

"It is a blessing,” Gilmore said. “It is what you dream about. It goes back to all the hard work we put in through the season. Nobody believed in us, and we stuck together. Nobody knows how hard we work in the meeting rooms and the practice field. It is a great feeling."

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