It is lastly right here. Yes, that’s proper. After weeks of hard-nosed, high-flying soccer, the season is now down to 2 groups competing for the sports activities’ final prize, the Lombardi Trophy.
The Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots will duke it out within the Super Bowl on February third in Atlanta. Both groups dazzled us this season with some phenomenal offense, albeit some shaky protection at occasions. This sport will see legendary quarterback Tom Brady go up in opposition to a youthful, much less confirmed QB in Jared Goff. With Brady going for his sixth Super Bowl and Goff his first, this sport will remember to have some attention-grabbing storylines.
Before diving into this matchup, let’s check out the Super Bowl histories of each franchises and what a Super Bowl may doubtlessly imply for his or her legacies. After all, the Rams have been part of the NFL since 1937, whereas the Patriots have been a member of the American Football League in 1960, ultimately merging with the NFL in 1970. There is a ton of historical past to unpack right here, so let’s not waste any extra time.
Los Angeles Rams
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The Los Angeles Rams have been first launched to the world in 1936. At the time, the staff was based mostly out of Cleveland, however ultimately moved to L.A. in 1946.
After years of competing within the NFL, the staff lastly made its first Super Bowl in 1980. This was the 14th version of the Super Bowl, and the Rams have been dealing with a troublesome take a look at within the three-time champion Pittsburgh Steelers. Led by QB Vince Ferragamo, Los Angeles have been 10.5 level underdogs.
The Rams really put up a reasonably good struggle as they’d the lead at halftime and have been additionally up 19-17 after the third quarter. Although all of it fell aside within the fourth quarter when Steelers legend Terry Bradshaw mounted a comeback, profitable his staff the sport, 31-19. Bradshaw additionally received Super Bowl MVP honors for his efficiency.
Now quick ahead 20 years later, and the Los Angeles Rams have moved to St-Louis. The staff made all of it the best way to Super Bowl 34 in opposition to the Tennessee Titans, due to the play of quarterback Kurt Warner. In that sport, the staff went up 16-Zero on the Titans, however Tennessee wouldn’t stop, ultimately tying up the sport. With two minutes left, Warner threw a 73-yard landing go and received the staff the sport, giving them their first and solely Super Bowl.
Just a couple of years later, the Rams would cross paths with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. We’ll save this one for the following part after we get into the Patriots.
In 2015, the staff moved from St-Louis again to Los Angeles and that’s the place we’re at the moment.
New England Patriots
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The historical past of the New England Patriots is quite a bit richer with regards to Super Bowl appearances, though they weren’t at all times profitable them like they seemingly do now.
In 1986, the New England Patriots confronted top-of-the-line defensive groups of all time, the Mike Ditka led Chicago Bears. The Patriots actually had no likelihood on this sport and it confirmed as they bought blown out 46-10. Considering the legacy of that Bears staff, the loss isn’t actually that a lot of a blemish on the franchise.
A decade later, the Patriots discovered themselves again within the Super Bowl in 1997, as they took on legendary quarterback Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers. Once once more, the Patriots have been underdogs and it confirmed, as they bought clobbered 35-21.
Just 5 yr later, a person named Tom Brady would change the fortunes of the franchise without end. Circling again to the 2002 Super Bowl, the Patriots have been enjoying Kurt Warner and the St-Louis Rams. The Rams have been the favorites however Brady and firm pulled off an exciting upset, profitable the sport off a last-second area objective by Adam Vinatieri. The closing rating was 20-17.
Over the following twenty years, the Patriots would dominate the league. Brady received two extra Super Bowls in 2004 and 2005, after which went on to play within the 2008 and 2011 Super Bowls the place they misplaced each occasions to the New York Giants.
Brady and the Patriots made it again to the Super Bowl in 2015, the place they defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24. After an off yr in 2016, the Patriots have now made it to 3 straight Super Bowls. Of course, they mounted that unimaginable 28-Three comeback in opposition to the Atlanta Falcons in 2017. They additionally misplaced 41-33 in opposition to the Eagles within the massive sport final season.
Overall, the staff has been to 10 Super Bowls and have received 5. If the Patriots win subsequent Sunday, they’ll have a profitable report within the massive sport and can tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for essentially the most Super Bowl wins.
Super Bowl LIII
Now getting again to the sport at hand, each of those groups have been the second seed of their respective conferences. The Patriots completed the yr with a report of 11-5, whereas the Rams have been tied with the Saints for the most effective report within the league, at 13-Three.
As talked about earlier, each of those groups have high-flying offenses, thanks partially to their quarterbacks, in addition to their operating backs Sony Michel (New England) and Todd Gurley (Los Angeles).
When it involves particular stats on offense, the Rams had the second finest factors per sport common within the league, scoring round 32.9. They had the second-best yards per sport common with 421.1 and had the fifth and third finest go and speeding offenses. They completely chewed via groups this yr and so they have been extremely enjoyable to observe. This was very true after they defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 54-51 earlier within the common season. All stats courtesy of nfl.com.
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Brady and firm have been no slouches themselves. Averaging 27.2 factors per match, the Patriots had the fourth finest offense within the league and averaged 393.four yards a sport, which had them ranked fifth in that class. Meanwhile, they’d the eighth finest passing offense and fifth finest speeding sport. The operating again was carried by James White and Sony Michel. Michel has been notably spectacular within the playoffs and had a monster sport in opposition to the Chiefs within the AFC Championship sport. All stats courtesy of nfl.com.
Moving on to protection now, each groups may stand to enhance in sure classes. Starting with the Rams, they gave up 24 factors per sport, ok for 20th within the league. Their speeding protection struggled all season, giving up over 120 yards a match, one thing that Michel and White can be salivating over. The Rams have been mid-pack so far as go protection is anxious, rating 14th with 236.2 yards allowed per sport. One brilliant spot for the protection although is their go rush which is led by Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh. All stats courtesy of nfl.com.
With 20.Three factors allowed per sport, the Patriots ranked seventh within the league. This appears fairly good however contemplating they gave up 359 yards per sport, 246 of these coming from the go, the Patriots must tighten up defensively in the event that they wish to suppress Goff who is understood to sling the ball round. As far because the speeding protection is anxious, the Patriots have been ranked 11th within the league, giving up 112.7 yards per match. All stats courtesy of nfl.com.
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These groups by no means performed one another within the common season which makes this matchup so attention-grabbing. No one actually is aware of how they’ll stack up in opposition to one another, which may result in a reasonably basic Super Bowl. Both groups additionally performed in some very thrilling time beyond regulation Championship video games final Sunday, so we all know the sport will at the very least be entertaining.
No matter who wins, this sport will definitely be legacy-building for the victor.
With all of this in thoughts, who do you might have profitable the Super Bowl?