A surprise to one, the New England Patriots are back in the Super Bowl for their third consecutive season. They will be looking to claim their third Vince Lombardi Trophy in five years, while Brady seeks to become the first ever NFL players with six Super Bowl rings. The team standing in the Patriots’ way is the Los Angeles Rams, the first team to fall to Bill Belichick and Brady in a Super Bowl. Similar to “The Greatest Show on Turf,” the Rams are led by a dynamic offense behind third-year quarterback Jared Goff and innovative head coach Sean McVay.
A victory in Super Bowl 53 would give the Rams their second-ever Super Bowl victory.
This game has all the ingredients to be one of the best Super Bowls in the past couple of years.
Super Bowl 53 Viewing Details
Date: Sunday, February 3 2019
Kickoff Time: 6:30 p.m. EST
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia
TV Channel: CBS
Stream: CBS All Access
Spread: Patriots -3
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson and Evan Washburn
Halftime Show: Maroon 5
Super Bowl 53 Preview
The Rams entered the 2018 season with the goal of making it to the Super Bowl after spending more than $200 million in the offseason. The acquisitions of Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib bolstered up the secondary, while Ndamukong Suh has paired nicely with reigning Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald. Their run in the playoffs is intriguing as they dominated the Dallas Cowboys at home in the divisional round but escape controversially in the NFC Championship game against the New Orleans Saints.
With 1:45 remaining in the fourth quarter, Drew Brees tried to find receiver Tommylee Lewis, but Nickell Robey-Coleman hit Lewis before the ball could reach him. It was clear pass interference on Robey-Coleman, but the referees did not throw a flag and Greg Zuerlein kicked the game-winning 57-yard field goal in overtime.
Goff did not start off the game well as he threw an interception on the first drive of the game, but he finished strong with 297 yards and a touchdown. He has been playing at a high level throughout the season and the Rams need a strong game from Goff for them to beat the Patriots. C.J. Anderson and Todd Gurley struggled to get anything going against the Saints, but they are running backs capable of running for over 100 yards.
The Patriots, on the other hand, come in after winning a thriller in Arrowhead Stadium against the Kansas City Chiefs. Brady threw a pair of key interceptions, but he still threw for 348 yards and a touchdown. Rookie running back Sony Michel has been the driving force of the Patriots’ offense in the playoffs as he has ran for 242 yards and five touchdowns in two games. His ability to get tough yards up the middle has allowed for Brady to find Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and Rob Gronkowski over the middle of the field.
The Patriots should be able to move the ball against the Rams’ #19 defense, but Donald is the best defensive player in football and wreck the Patriots’ gameplan with his disruption. If the Patriots can limit Donald’s interior disruption, they should have little problems moving the ball against the Rams.
History always says to not doubt Brady and Belichick in the Super Bowl.