The climax to the American football season is much more than just a sports event. It is a cultural juggernaut which mixes athleticism, politics, showbiz and obscene amounts of food and drink into an international event that often makes as many headlines for what happens when the players are off the field as when they step between the white lines.Here's everything you need to know about Super Bowl LIII... When is the game?The 53rd annual instalment of the National Football League's championship game will be played on Sunday.The New England Patriots (winners of the AFC) will face off against the Los Angeles Rams (winners of the NFC), with kick-off at 11.30pm UK time.Where will it be played? Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia will host its first Super Bowl, having opened in 2017. It is one of the few NFL stadiums with a retractable roof.The $1.6bn (£1.2bn) arena can hold more than 70,000 fans and is the home of the Atlanta Falcons, who were on the end of a miraculous comeback … [Read more...] about Super Bowl LIII Essential Guide: New England Patriots vs Los Angeles Rams
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What do you need to know about the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams, the two teams competing in this year's Super Bowl? Championship weekend was a wild one, as - for the first time in NFL history - both games went to overtime. The Rams came through with a dramatic win in New Orleans and the Patriots edged out the Chiefs in another classic, meaning Super Bowl LIII will feature a match up of two great franchises. Texans, Panthers to make UK debuts London will again host four NFL matches in 2019, with the Houston Texans and the Carolina Panthers making their UK debuts. Here, we break down both of the Super Bowl finalists... New England PatriotsSuper Bowl HistoryThe current era of success for the New England Patriots is arguably the greatest of all time and the level of sustained supremacy may never be matched. Since … [Read more...] about New England Patriots vs Los Angeles Rams: Who are the Super Bowl finalists?
The New England Patriots have a 10-2 record. One win and they will clinch a playoff berth. But they have problems. They have lost two of their last four games - against playoff-calibre opponents in the Ravens and Texans - and Tom Brady and the attack have shown major flaws.In those games, Brady has completed just 54.8 per cent of his passes and has a passer rating of 76.4. He's been sacked eight times and his yards per attempt average is just 5.75. Simply put, Brady can't connect with his targets, and when he does, it doesn't go very far.Although the final score showed 22 points in the team's Sunday Night Football defeat to Houston, they were down 28-9 with less than four minutes to go before two late scores - the second coming with just 50 seconds left.In between the Week Nine and 13 losses, the offense scraped through to those two victories. Against Dallas, they came out with a 13-9 win, with the only TD coming on a 12-yard drive after a blocked punt. In Philadelphia, it was receiver … [Read more...] about What’s going wrong for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots?
It has been 17 years since the Rams last reached the Super Bowl. Then playing in St Louis, they fell to a 20-17 to the New England Patriots, losing by a field goal as time expired. Now, they are finally back again, and facing familiar foes. As everyone knows, that win marked the start of the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady dynasty in New England, the duo ever-present as the Pats have gone on to win another four Vince Lombardi trophies.But the Rams now have the chance to avenge that defeat, and they have a great chance. With 32-year-old head coach Sean McVay at the helm, the Rams have become one of the league's most formidable teams, and a tough matchup for any team - five Super Bowls or not. So how did they get here? Watch the video above to track some of their season highs and lows, while we take you through the Rams' journey below...What went right?The Rams came flying out of the gate and won their opening eight games, their best start since 1969.Their Week Nine loss to the New Orleans … [Read more...] about Los Angeles Rams: Road to Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta
The New England Patriots have made yet ANOTHER Super Bowl! (As if anyone ever doubted them). New England face off against the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII - a rematch of Tom Brady's first Super Bowl appearance, when he led the Patriots to a shock 20-17 victory.The decades since have seen a dynasty created, and the Patriots are showing no signs of stopping - this will be their fourth Super Bowl appearance in five years. But how does this season compare? Watch the video above to track some of their season highs and lows, while we run you through how New England made it to Atlanta below…What went right? The Patriots reigned supreme over the AFC East once again, for the 10th consecutive season - the first team in NFL history to win their division 10 times in a row. Alongside that, they secured an eighth-straight Conference Championship appearance and, to top it all off, are off to Super Bowl LIII - their ninth in 17 years and fourth in their last five.The Patriots did what … [Read more...] about New England Patriots: Road to Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta