It’s been over a week since maybe the most exciting and dramatic Championship Sunday we have had for a long time and we are finally just a few short days from the Tom Brady Invitational. Welcome to Super Bowl LIII Week!
In their third consecutive Super Bowl and ninth overall in the Bill Belichick / Tom Brady era, the Patriots dynasty appears to be far from dead. New England beat Kansas City Chiefs 37-31 in a thrilling overtime game in what can only be described as a vintage Patriots performance. Brady led the Pats in a game-tying drive to end regulation, followed by a fortunate flip of the coin and a game winning drive in overtime.
Down in New Orleans in another overtime affair, the Los Angeles Rams beat the Saints 26-23 after the zebras blew a pass interference and helmet to helmet call that stole a Super Bowl trip away from the Saints.
The Patriots will face The Rams in a rematch of Super Bowl XXXVI, where the New England dynasty began. In 2001, Brady and the Pats were the new kids on the block taking on “The Greatest Show on Turf.” Fast-forward 17 years and they’re still here, but don’t tell them they’re too old, it only fuels the fire and motivates them to continue doing what they do best; winning.
The Rams are now the new kids ready to embark on their own dynasty. They’re led by a 33-year-old Head Coach, Sean McVay, one of the best offensive play-callers in the league. On offense, Todd Gurley leads a solid rushing attack while defensive, Aaron Donald has been a nightmare for opposing offensive lines. To bolster the roster L.A. acquired Ndamukong Suh, Aqib Talib, and Brandin Cooks. All moves that have paid dividends.
Preview by the numbers:
New England Patriots
- Record 11-5
- Total Offense 5th – 393.4 yds/g
- Pass Offense 8th – 266.1 yds/g
- Rush Offense 5th – 127.5 yds/g
- Points Per Game 4th – 27.3
- Touchdowns 51
- Total Defense 21st – 359.1 yds allowed/game
- Rush Defense 11th – 112.7 yds allowed/game
- Pass Defense 22nd – 246.4 yds allowed/game
- Time of Possession 31 minutes/game
- Sacks / INT 30 / 18
Los Angeles Rams
- Record 13 – 3
- Total Offense 2nd – 421.1 yds/g
- Pass Offense 5th – 281.7 yds/g
- Rush Offense 3rd – 139.4 yds/g
- Points Per Game 2nd – 32.9 yds/g
- Touchdowns 60
- Total Defense 19th – 358.6 yds allowed/game
- Rush Defense 23rd – 122.3 yds allowed/game
- Pass Defense 14th – 236.3 yds allowed/game
- Time of Possession 30:42 minutes/game
- Sacks / INT 41 / 18
The Schpiel’s Pick:
- New England 34
- Los Angeles 28