Super Bowl 53: Patriots top Rams, Woodside alum Julian Edelman wins MVP


Super Bowl 53: Patriots top Rams, Woodside alum Julian Edelman wins MVP

For the sixth time in 18 seasons, the New England Patriots are Super Bowl champions.

The Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta on Sunday. New England quarterback Tom Brady now has more Super Bowl rings than any other player in NFL history.

With the win, the Patriots have now matched the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowls in NFL history with six. Brady, a San Mateo native who grew up rooting for the 49ers, now has one more ring than his childhood team.

A big reason why is because of another Bay Area native. Wide receiver Julian Edelman, who attended Woodside High School, was named Super Bowl MVP for his efforts on Sunday. 

Edelman caught 10 passes for 141 yards, which were two shy of matching former Patriots Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch for 10th in Super Bowl history. The 32-year-old did not play in the Patriots' loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII.

Like Brady, Edelman grew up a 49ers fan. He almost played for the team, too.

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Edelman met with then-49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh during the 2014 offseason on a free-agent visit, but San Francisco hoped to sign him out of college. The Kent State alumnus attended a 49ers local pro day in 2009, and according to former 49ers.com writer Taylor Price, the Niners hoped he would fly under the radar enough to play for his hometown team.

Nearly a decade later, Edelman is a three-time Super Bowl champion and the Patriots now have more titles than the team he grew up rooting for. His and Brady's 10-year-old selves are surely upset, but they wouldn't have it any other way. 

49ers' Arik Armstead named to Pro Football Focus' Team of the Week

49ers' Arik Armstead named to Pro Football Focus' Team of the Week

The 49ers have a defensive line full of former first-round draft picks. And through five games this year, Arik Armstead is enjoying his best season in Year 5. 

Armstead, taken by the 49ers out of the University of Oregon with the No. 17 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, found himself on the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after a dominant showing in San Francisco's 20-7 win Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams. 

The 25-year-old Armstead recorded six tackles Sunday while also being accounted for with a half-sack, one quarterback hit and recovered a fumble. Three of his tackles ended in a defensive stop, and he also had three QB hurries. 

Armstead had a 90.3 PFF grade in the 49ers' win, and now has an overall grade of 89.5 through five games. 

He has tackles -- four for loss -- 2 1/2 sacks, four QB hits, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery this season. The 49ers exercised Armstead's fifth-year option before last season, but now it will be quite the task to retain him long term. 

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“What Arik needs to do is keep on playing at that level and he’s going to make his life really easy because a lot of people are going to coveting him, along with us,” general manager John Lynch said late last month

For now, the 49ers have to focus on the present instead of the future with Armstead. They couldn't be happier to watch his coming out party, no matter how long he remains in the Bay Area.

Rams trade Marcus Peters to Ravens after home loss against 49ers

Rams trade Marcus Peters to Ravens after home loss against 49ers

The state of the Rams quickly has gone from dreams to nightmares. Months after reaching the Super Bowl, Los Angeles has lost three straight games and already are shipping off big-name players. 

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Rams have traded cornerback Marcus Peters to the Ravens in exchange for linebacker Kenny Young. The Ravens confirmed the transaction later Tuesday afternoon.

ESPN's Adam Schefter added some details about the deal.

The news comes just two days after the 49ers beat the Rams 20-7 in Los Angeles. After winning their first three games of the season, currently are 3-3, behind the 49ers and Seahawks for third in the NFC West. 

Peters recorded his second interception of the season Sunday when he picked off 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garpoppolo in the end zone. The two-time Pro Bowler finished the game with four tackles, one pass defensed and the one interception. 

Trading the Oakland native comes as quite the shock, especially after the Rams recently placed fellow starting cornerback Aqib Talib on injured reserve.

Los Angeles also made another move Tuesday by acquiring center Austin Corbett from the Browns. The 49ers sacked Rams quarterback Jared Goff four times Sunday and had six QB hits. 

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The 49ers will face Peters on his new team Dec. 1 when they face the Baltimore Ravens on the road in Week 13. Three weeks later, they'll play a Peter-less Rams at Levi's Stadium. 

From NFC champions to trading a former All-Pro after just six games, life in the revolving NFL has come fast at the Rams this season.