Super Bowl 2019 Preview


Lorie Shaull

A Patriots fan celebrates a touchdown at the Super Bowl LII

Caleb Miller, Staff Writer

After 26 weeks of blood, sweat and tears, the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots are headed to Atlanta on Feb. 3 to battle it out and determine this year’s Super Bowl champion.

This is the Patriots’ third Super Bowl appearance in a row and their 11th appearance in total. After the loss last year to the Philadelphia Eagles, they have had a somewhat steady year going 11-5 in the regular season. Their three-time MVP award-winning, star quarterback Tom Brady will return to face Jared Goff, who will lead the Los Angeles Rams’ offense in the big game after their 13-3 season.

Sean McVay who is in his second year of coaching leads the Rams in their second season since returning to Los Angeles. He is the youngest coach in modern NFL history after being brought on at 30. He was also named the 2017 Coach of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America and can be credited with much of the Rams’ recent success.

One especially notable success was the Rams’ offense in this past years’ season. They finished second in the league in scoring, totaling at least 30 points in 13 of their 18 games, and they had the second most completions of 25-plus yards. On the other side of that coin, one of the highlights from the defense of the Rams is defensive tackle Aaron Donald who leads the league in sacks in his fourth season with the Rams since being drafted in 2014. He is definitely one to keep an eye on as a threat to Brady in the upcoming game.

One lesser known fact is that this is not the first-time these two teams have played for the Lombardi trophy. In 2001 the Patriots defeated the Rams 20-17 to bring them their first Super Bowl victory. Brady, as well as Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick are the two that still remain from that game, and will get their second matchup in 18 years against the Rams.

Besides them, Adam Vinatieri has also stuck it out as he secured the win for the Patriots back in 2001 with a field goal. Born in Yankton, S.D., Vinatieri went to Rapid City Central and on to play for South Dakota State University before signing on with the Amsterdam Admirals for NFL Europe in 1995, and then the Patriots in 1996. Currently he plays for the Indianapolis Colts who went 10-6, and were put out of the running by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round of this year’s playoffs.

Overall, this year’s game is sure to be another one for the books. Many look forward to see if the Patriots might be able to pull it off for their sixth win or if it will all be brought down by the Rams in their pursuit to flip their 2001 game around and put Brady, Belichick and the rest back in their place.