The New England Patriots are aiming for their sixth Super Bowl title, while the Los Angeles Rams are hoping for their first championship since 1999.
It is no surprise that Super Bowl LIII will feature Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. However, there is a little surprise that the NFC will be represented by the Los Angeles Rams. No matter your opinions on the final teams, they are set for a collision course at Mercedes Benz Arena in Atlanta Georgia.
The Patriots arrive fresh off a victory against heavily favored Kansas City Chiefs. They had a subpar regular season (for Patriots standards), finishing with an 11-5 record good for 2nd best is the AFC. The Rams come into the game on a different spectrum. They barely edged pass the Saints in New Orleans, needing an overtime to get the job done. However, despite needing everything they could get against the Saints, the Rams went through the season dominating finishing with a 13-3 record.
This game will feature NFL’s most-tenured coach Bill Belichick vs Sean McVay, the youngest NFL coach. It will be a battle of meticulous play calling on the Patriots part and an absolute war in the trenches for the Rams. They will rely heavily on their defensive stud Aaron Donald who led the league with 20.5 sacks and if that fails they can call on Ndamukong Suh.
The Game Plan
The only way that the Patriots will be able to keep the talented Rams defense off balance is if they get contributions in the run game. Between Sony Michel and James White, they will need to have an impact to open things up for Brady.
The fact that this is Tom Brady and Belichick’s ninth appearance in the big game speaks volumes. However, the Rams and quarterback Jared Goff should not be taken lightly. They have earned the right to be in Super Bowl. In the two seasons under Coach McVay they have shown continued growth.
The last time these two squads met, the Patriots beat the Rams, 26-10, at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 4, 2016. Although this is a very different team from three years ago. We know that Brady is still elite and will do what he does, but if the Patriots are going to win their sixth Super Bowl they will need a complete team effort. But, don’t count out the Rams and that physical defense led by coordinator Wade Philips.
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