It’s almost here — the capstone to the 2018 NFL season. Super Bowl LIII matches up a pair of #2 seeds in the playoffs who both won overtime games on the road in the conference championship games two weeks ago.
The Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots have been among the best teams in the NFL all season long, so it’s no surprise that the two franchises are meeting to decide who will earn the Lombardi Trophy. Interestingly, this year’s Super Bowl is a rematch of Super Bowl XXXVI, which was the first title for Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.
Much has changed since that game, however. The Patriots have made seven Super Bowl appearances in between these matchups, winning four more titles. The Rams, on the other hand, made just three playoff appearances in that span with no postseason wins until this year. That period included seven years with double-digit losses.
But now, both teams have a chance to put their stamp on the NFL. Will Belichick win a sixth title? Or will 33-year-old Sean McVay lead the young Rams to the promised land in just his second year as a head coach?
Tune in on Sunday to find out.
Super Bowl LIII
New England Patriots (13-5) vs. Los Angeles Rams (15-3)
Rams are the designated home team
Sunday, February 3rd, 2019
6:30 PM Eastern Time
Commentators: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson, Jay Feely
CBS All-Access, CBS Sports, CBS app
Westwood One Radio
Sirius 88/82/83, XM 88/226/225
Patriots favored by 3 points
Over/under total: 57 points
All-time head-to-head record
Regular season: Patriots lead 8-5-0
Postseason: Patriots lead 1-0 (Super Bowl XXXVI — Patriots 20, Rams 17)
Week 13 2016: @Patriots 26, Rams 10
Regular season rankings
Points scored: Rams 2nd, Patriots 4th
Yards gained: Rams 2nd, Patriots 5th
Offensive DVOA: Rams 2nd, Patriots 5th
Points allowed: Patriots 7th, Rams 20th
Yards allowed: Rams 19th, Patriots 21st
Defensive DVOA: Patriots 16th, Rams 19th
Pregame TV Coverage
CBS: coverage begins at 11:30 AM ET
NFL Network: coverage begins at 11:00 AM ET