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Super Bowl LIII preview

The Patriots and Rams will square off for the second time at the Super Bowl

February 03, 2019 - 10:52 am

Super Bowl Sunday is finally here.

The 53rd installment of the Super Bowl will take place this Sunday from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, where the Los Angeles Rams will match up the New England Patriots. 

The game is a rematch, of sorts, from Super Bowl XXXVI where Tom Brady and the Patriots captured their first Lombardi Trophy in franchise history with a 20-17 victory over the, then, St. Louis Rams.

Since then, the Rams now call Los Angeles their home and are led by the league’s youngest head coach in Sean McVay. Under McVay’s leadership, the Rams finished the regular season with a top-three offense that includes quarterback Jared Goff, running back Todd Gurley, wide receiver Brandin Cooks and former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Woods. 

Cooks came to Los Angeles in a trade with New England last season and has fit into their system quite well. Despite Cooks’ second straight Super Bowl appearance (against the team he went to the big dance with last season), the storyline dominating the headlines is the team’s use of star Gurley. Despite being one of the league’s best running backs this season with 22.5 touches per-game, Gurley was out-touched 17-5 by veteran C.J. Anderson in the Rams' 26-23 victory in the NFC Championship game over the New Orleans Saints. McVay stated game-flow was the reason for the usage, which will certainly be something to look for in Sunday’s game.

On the other side, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady continue to dominate with now nine Super Bowl appearances and five Lombardi Trophies. This is their third straight trip to the Super Bowl, which is the most consecutive runs to the Super Bowl since the Buffalo Bills went to four straight Super Bowls from 1991 to 1994. On top of that, the Patriots could be racking up more accolades in Sunday’s game:

New England started the playoffs on fire with a 41-28 win over the Los Angeles Chargers, which carried over into a 37-31 overtime win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game. Wide-out Julien Edelman has been dominant in the playoffs as he leads all wideouts with 16 catches for 247 yards.

Super Bowl LIII starts 6:30 p.m. on Sunday with Jim Nantz and Tony Romo on the call on CBS. Coverage of the game can also be heard on WGR.

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