The NFL’s collective-bargaining agreement mandates that all players receive the same paycheck in the playoffs. Paydays depend on a team’s postseason performance rather than an individual player’s on-field prowess.
By winning Super Bowl LIII, each Patriots player earned a $118,000 paycheck. Members of the losing team, the Los Angeles Rams, earned $59,000 each.
Postseason pay shares can be a significant downgrade for players with hefty contracts. For example, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady earned $15 million, or nearly $900,000 per week, during the 17 weeks of the 2018 NFL regular season.
Entering the Super Bowl, members of the Patriots and Rams had each earned $83,000 in playoff pay. Broken down by round, players received $29,000 for their appearance in the divisional round and $54,000 for their appearance in the conference championship. Since both teams had a bye week during the wild card round, players did not receive a pay share that week.
For last year’s Super Bowl, members of the victorious Philadelphia Eagles each earned $112,000, while members of the losing Patriots earned $56,000.
This story was originally published on Jan. 21 and has been updated to reflect the results of Super Bowl LIII