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.
Todd Gurley, another former Georgia tailback star, led the Los Angeles rushing attack with 35 yards on 10 carries and had one catch for minus-1 yard.
Gurley was one of the Rams’ captains before the game, meeting another former Georgia football teammate for the coin toss, New England center David Andrews.
Michel also broke off a 26-yard run in the final minutes, helping the Patriots drive for the 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, his Super Bowl and postseason performance putting him alongside other Georgia greats.
Michel’s touchdown was his sixth of the postseason, a rookie record. Michel totaled 336 yards rushing in the postseason, most among all rushers.
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 native and former Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis was the most recent rookie to score a Super Bowl touchdown (2001).
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