New England Patriots vs LA Rams – Super Bowl LIII
It’s a repeat of the 2002 final this weekend in Super Bowl LIII as the Patriots take on the Rams in Atlanta.
That was the year when the New England side started their recent dominance of NFL – will that continue on Sunday night?
Super Bowl LIII touches down in Georgia
One of the biggest sporting events of the year is here again as the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta hosts the 53rd edition of the Super Bowl. New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams will play for the biggest prize in NFL in a repeat of the 2002 Super Bowl.
Since the Patriots beat the Rams – then based in St. Louis – on that cold February evening, they’ve made it to eight Super Bowls, winning five of them.
Will it be six of the best on Sunday night in Georgia?
Bill Belichick and Tom Brady – NFL’s dream team
The Patriots’ dynamic coach and quarterback duo will be taking on no less than their ninth Super Bowl together, with both looking to achieve a sixth title. The Patriots got their season off to a sluggish start, but performance levels look back to their best heading into this one. Defensively they’ve looked more tenacious while an effective attack led by Brady and Gronkowski has once again been a lethal weapon.
Judging by their poor early season form, few would have envisaged the Patriots making this year’s cut, but a team used to winning has once again managed to time their run to this year’s Super Bowl to perfection.
17 years later… will the Rams get their revenge?
The Rams started their latest NFL campaign with one clear goal: to reach the Super Bowl and win it.
They’ve certainly not cut any corners, with a team packed full of stars leading them into this year’s showpiece finale. The attack is headed up by Jared Goff, the number one quarterback in the 2016 draft, who has finally hit the form expected of him over the last few months. Together with Goff, receivers Cooks and Woods form an explosive attack.
But it’s the blend that could well hand the Rams a precious Super Bowl victory. They boast strength in numbers in both their attacking and defensive ranks, with Aaron Donald currently the best defender in the NFL.
Player by player, logic suggests that the Rams are superior to the Patriots heading into Sunday night – but the jury is out as to whether that in itself will be enough to seal them victory against a Patriots side unapologetically ruthless when it comes to winning titles.
Youth vs experience
Finally the major theme of Super Bowl LIII is whether the Patriots’ match-winning nous will drag them over the line, or if a younger Rams side has the energy to outgun their opponents.
The Patriots will be relying on Belichick (66) and Brady (41) to lead them to victory, while the Rams will be hoping 33-year-old coach Sean McVay can outsmart a man twice his age with the help of his 24-year-old quarterback Goff. That particular battle could be something to behold as the two sides lock horns on Sunday.
Is this the year the torch passes across to the next generation with a Rams victory?
One thing is for sure – either youth or experience is going to win out.
By the early hours of Monday morning, we’ll find out which counts for more…
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