- Super Bowl LIII between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots got off to an underwhelming start.
- In the third quarter with the game at a 3-0 standstill, Rams punter Johnny Hekker hit a 65-yard punt that set a new Super Bowl record.
- Commentators Jim Nantz and Tony Romo called the punt the best play of the game.
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Super Bowl LIII started out an underwhelming affair.
After an NFL season that saw scoring sky-rocket and a postseason packed with thrilling games including two conference championship games that ended in overtime, the Rams and Patriots went to halftime with just three points between them, with New England holding a 3-0 lead.
To put it bluntly, it was a boring football game.
While fans at home could see the game had under-delivered, Jim Nantz and Tony Romo, who were calling the game for CBS, couldn’t exactly admit that the Super Bowl was a disappointment.
Nantz and Romo needed something to get excited about, and in the third quarter, they got their moment – a record-setting punt from Johnny Hekker.
The Rams were pinned against their end zone, and on fourth down, needed a big kick from Hekker to switch the field. Hekker hit a solid kick, that was followed up by an unreal bounce in Los Angeles’ favour.
“Oh my goodness!” Nantz said after the bounce. “This could be the longest punt in Super Bowl history!”
“You’ve been waiting for a good stat like that,” quipped Romo.
“That’s the highlight of the game!” said Nantz, before confirming that Hekker’s 65-yard punt had set a new Super Bowl record.
It was an engaging moment of broadcast, and Nantz deserves credit for being so quick on the stat-check, but his and Romo’s excitement only further revealed just how much of a slog of a game we had all witnessed up until that point.
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