The Patriots will look to make history in Super Bowl LIII this evening, looking to tie the Steelers with their 6th Super Bowl Title.
For the Rams, they will look for a little revenge for a loss nearly 20 years ago in the Super Bowl to the Pats, and also will try to win a title for the city of Los Angeles, something that hasn’t been done since the Raiders did it in 1984.
Here’s three keys as to what both teams have to do to win in Super Bowl LIII, and a final prediction for the game.
1. Don’t Let Brady Escape
The mystique of Tom Brady is real – he’s a first ballot Hall of Famer, has five Super Bowl rings to his resume, and is going to go down as the greatest QB in Super Bowl history.
The team cannot be intimated by Brady, and when the Rams super defenders have a chance to get to him and bring him down, much like what the Eagles did a season ago as they made the most of getting to Brady.
The Rams boast a much better defense than what the Eagles threw out, but the biggest thing is they can’t be awe struck by the greatness of Brady.
2. Find a Way to Run
The run game for the Rams is key, but there’s all kinds of rumors that Todd Gurley is not 100 percent, and that if he’s not it’s going to come down to C.J. Anderson carrying the load for the team.
Anderson has been reborn in this Rams offense over the past few weeks, and his game against the Cowboys shows that he’s got what it takes to make a huge impact on the Rams offense today.
Look for New England to try and put the Rams run game to rest early, therefore forcing Jared Goff to throw a ton, which is not a good recipe for the Rams.
3. Avoid Silly Mistakes
Playing in the Super Bowl is the most pressure any player will have in their career, and it’s during these pressure packed hours where careers are made or broken.
For the Rams, they have a number of young players who have never been there, and they have to make sure that the pressure isn’t too much for them to handle as they look to make history and overcome a team that is looking to set a record with their 6th Super Bowl title.
Penalties, letting emotions go wild, turnovers, these are all things that can quickly derail a team, and for the Rams their best shot at a win is to make sure to keep all that in check and avoid the type of mistakes that will cost them dearly.
1. Make the Rams One Dimensional
There’s been plenty of reports (more so since the NFC Title Game) that Rams running back Todd Gurley is not 100 percent, and if that is truly the case, the team will be giving a lot more looks to reborn running back C.J. Anderson, who has played well this postseason.
If the Pats can early on take that running game away from the Rams, it will force Jared Goff to throw often, which will play right in the hands of the Patriots and their looking to get to the quarterback.
If the Rams can run the ball, it will open up play action for Goff, and he’s very good when it comes to throwing the ball downfield to his receivers off play action.
Look for the Pats to try and confuse Goff with different looks, but also look for the Rams to get Anderson and Gurley going early.
2. The Pats Screen Game
There’s no doubt in the two playoff wins thus far the Pats screen game has been as good as it’s been at any point in the last few seasons.
The team will have to use that again today against a fierce Rams pass rush, and it wouldn’t be a shock to see newly crowned two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald to try to get into the backfield and reach Tom Brady early and often, and with that it will open up the Rams pass game.
It was the screen game that got the team going a year ago in the Super Bowl, and look for it to be a huge key again today against the really good Rams defense.
3. Set the Tempo
The Patriots and their fans looked up at the scoreboard last year in Super Bowl LII with 8:48 to play in the second quarter and found themselves down 15-3.
They cannot afford this year to do that against the Rams, who have a much better offense than what the Eagles had a season ago.
New England settled for two field goals on their first two scores, which really hurt the team as they trailed 15-6, when just one score would have made a big difference.
Scoring TD’s and not settling for field goals will be paramount in this game.
Prediction – The Patriots are in a good position in this game, they have plenty of confidence after their win over the Chiefs two weeks ago, and they seem poised and confident to put last year behind them and not allow the Rams to get off early in the game, which is a huge key.
Look for Tom Brady to avoid that pass rush by stepping up often in the pocket, look for a big game for TE Rob Gronkowski, and look for the team to finally escape last year’s demons by scoring touchdowns this time and not settling for field goals.
It should be a fun game, and one that will see the Pats hoisting their 6th Super Bowl Trophy in the end.
New England 34 Los Angeles 26