Super Bowl LIII is set. The New England Patriots return to the big game once again, but this time they'll face off against the youthful Los Angeles Rams.
The last time these teams met was in 2016, when Rams quarterback Jared Goff was just a rookie. He didn't have offensive guru Sean McVay as his coach. So, don't look back at that game, as it won't give you any insight into this Super Bowl matchup.
Los Angeles is celebrating an impressive come-from-behind victory against the New Orleans Saints, which was marred by a blatant missed call by the officials. Regardless, Goff overcame the loud noise inside the Superdome to lead the Rams to victory. He completed 25 of 40 pass attempts for 297 yards and a touchdown.
Jared Goff is the youngest QB to ever win an NFC championship game pic.twitter.com/SZ0YBhk4uc— NFL Stats (@NFL_Stats) January 20, 2019
As for the Patriots, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have been here before (well, now nine times to be exact). While many have written "the Brady Bunch" off due to their 'off' play in the regular season, New England stepped up in a huge way once the playoffs started.
They picked apart a tough Los Angeles Chargers defense, and out-battled the Kansas City Chiefs and their league-best offense in overtime to secure their spot down in Atlanta, Ga.
Tom Brady had made just 14 career starts when the Patriots played the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 21, 2019
He had 2,843 career Pass yds and 18 Pass TD.
He now has 207 wins, more than 70,000 Pass yds and more than 500 TD to his name. pic.twitter.com/SkZrXrmuR6
So, how do they face off?
In order for the Rams to get anything going, they have to establish the run. Luckily they have Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson to do so. However, they were limited against the Saints in the NFC Championship Game, where they rushed for a total of 54 yards on 20 carries.
As for the Patriots, they have their own dynamic duo in Sony Michel and James White. That allows Brady the luxury of taking his time and picking apart the defense. Brady will face off against a Rams defense that has struggled in containing the opposition.
Tom Brady opened as an underdog for his ninth Super Bowl, but the line quickly shifted in the Patriots' favor https://t.co/LdNl0b0nvj— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 21, 2019
So, you want to know the winner? As football fans, we know better than to ever count out the Patriots in the Belichick-Brady Era. Even with McVay's innovative playcalling, expect New England to edge out the Rams to secure their sixth Lombardi Trophy in franchise history.
Patriots 34, Rams 31.