Former Georgia football running back Sony Michel scored the only touchdown in Super Bowl 53 on Sunday night, a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Michel’s touchdown came with 7 minutes left and proved to be the game winner for New England, which scored the 13-3 victory over Los Angeles at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Michel also broke off a 26-yard run in the final minutes, helping the Patriots drive for a game-sealing field goal.
Michel’s 26-yard run equaled the longest run from scrimmage in the game. Rex Burkhead, another member of New England’s running back stable, also had a 26-yard run.
Michel finished with a game-high 18 carries for 94 yards.
Todd Gurley, another former Georgia star, led the Los Angeles rushing attack with 35 yards on 10 carries and had one catch for minus-1 yard.
Michel’s touchdown was his sixth of the postseason, a rookie record.
Michel scored three touchdowns in New England’s win over San Diego, and two more in the AFC Championship Game victory over Kansas City.
Former Georgia and Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis had been the most recent player to score five rushing touchdowns in an NFL postseason (1997).
Prior to Michel’s touchdown on Sunday night, Atlanta product and former Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis was the most recent rookie to score a Super Bowl touchdown (2001).
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