Super Bowl Llll Breakdown


Jay Singh, Staff Writer

On Feb. 3, in Atlanta, the Rams and Patriots will face off in Super Bowl Llll. It took a controversial missed call, a vintage Tom Brady performance and two overtime games to decide which teams would be playing in the big game this year. It’s safe to say that this year’s match will be a hotly-contested brawl, so here’s a detailed guide into the matchup, including my personal prediction for the game.

Reasons why the Patriots will Win

The Patriots have two main reasons for winning the Super Bowl this year — Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. This quarterback and head coach duo have won five Super Bowls in their illustrious dynasty that has spanned from 2002. No matter who is around these two, they always seem to find a way to win. This year, the supporting stars are explosive rookie running back Sony Michel, dominant tight end Rob Gronkowski and shutdown cornerback Stephon Gilmore. The Patriots also have the best supporting cast in football with players such as James White, Julian Edelman and Trey Flowers. All of these players, except Michel, have been on this stage before and have the experience that is unmatched by the Rams.

Reasons to be anxious for the Patriots

The concerns for the Patriots are a combination of faults from their team and matchup problems created by the Rams. The Patriots’ wide receivers have been weak throughout the year despite them playing well in the AFC championship game. The Rams would be able to capitalize on this with a much-improved secondary. There are also questions surrounding the Patriots’ defense, especially against one of the best offenses in the league.

Reasons why the Rams will Win

The Rams have some of the brightest stars in the entire league on their side. They have a rising star quarterback Jared Goff, an electrifying running back Todd Gurley and the best defensive player in the league: Aaron Donald. The Rams also boast revolutionary head coach, Sean Mcvay, who has single-handedly sparked a revolution for coaching in the entire NFL. The Rams have many other stars on their team as a result of going all in for a Super Bowl this offseason, including Aqib Talib, Brandin Cooks, Ndamukong Suh and Marcus Peters. The sheer star power of the Rams can overpower any team, even the veteran Patriots.

Reasons to be concerned for the Rams

The Rams have one main reason to be troubled in the championship game: their lack of experience in big stages. The Rams have only two full-time starters with Super Bowl experience, Aqib Talib and Brandin Cooks. They also only have one coordinator with experience on this stage, the unflappable 71-year-old Wade Phillips. The Rams will need to prove they can be poised on this stage if they want to win.

My Prediction

Usually, in the Super Bowl, both teams are relatively evenly matched and there is a legitimate argument for both teams to win. This holds true for Super Bowl Llll. The two teams are evenly matched with slight edges on both sides. But, the Rams have an increased amount of star power, something that the Patriots simply can’t match. I believe that the Rams will edge out the Patriots in a close game, however, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Patriots won.