Written by Josh Taylor (@itsjoshtaylor26)
Confused about the Super Bowl? Fear not, here is Nerve Sport’s definitive guide to everything you need to know about Super Bowl LIII, and more.
What’s it all about?
For those a little late to the party, the Super Bowl is the pinnacle of the American sporting calendar; it is the FA Cup stuffed with enough steroids to leave a Russian athlete in a stew, seasoned with patriotism, a dash of celebrities and served to millions world-wide.
On February 3rd the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams will be facing off in Super Bowl LIII – 53 for those of us who don’t speak Roman numerals – The two teams will be sure to turn up the heat in a pretty cold Atlanta, Georgia as they compete for the Vince Lombardi trophy and to be crowned the NFL champions 2018/19.
Is it time we met the US at the line of scrimmage and embraced the billion-dollar, money-spinning spectacle? With this guide you will be well equipped to tell all your mates about your red-hot, red zone knowledge if indeed you choose to stay up for the 11.30pm kick-off (GMT)
How they got here:
The Patriots are a familiar face in the Super Bowl this year being their ninth appearance in 17 years. This will also be their third appearance in the last three years. Like Real Madrid is to the Champions League, the Patriots have become an all-too-common sight lifting the trophy. Their first win coming in 2002 against none other than the Rams themselves!
The reason for the Patriot’s continual dominance in the sport, since the turn of the century in one word: G.O.A.T: Tom Brady arrived as the 199th draft pick in April 2000, since then he has gone on to prove without a shadow of a doubt that he deserves the accolade ‘Greatest of all Time’. Love him or loathe him Brady has made more Super Bowl appearances than any other team in history – bar the Patriots – and like a fine wine, just seems to get better with age.
Brady is not the only reason for New England’s success he has plenty of player’s around him, the likes of Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman capable of making big plays when it counts. The other key factor is their coach: Bill Belichick will be aiming to match the all-time record for most Super Bowl wins (six). His style of play may be dull, but it is effective in big games.
The Los Angeles Rams, on the other hand, are coming in with a young, fiery, offensive energy that harks back to their last Super Bowl winning team in 2000, which were nicknamed the ‘Greatest Show on Turf’. That team beat the Tennessee Titan 23-16 in the city of this year’s Super Bowl, Atlanta.
Indeed, Rams number one draft pick in 2016, Jared Goff was only seven year’s old when the Patriots and Rams last met in Super Bowl XXXVI and head coach Sean McVay – the youngest head coach in NFL history – was merely making plays as a high-school Quarter Back. But, the Rams are not to be overlooked. They boasted the joint best record this season 13 wins and three losses. On top of that Defensive Tackle, Aaron Donald has been on fire already recording 20.5 sacks this season and tearing offensive lines to shreds.
To put it simply the Patriots are like taking your date to their favourite restaurant; it’s a good choice, its a safe choice, but it’s boring. The Rams, on the other hand, are like breaking into the zoo after hours with no clothes on.
The Super Bowl has something for everyone no matter their sporting preference. Some watch just for the adverts alone. Advertisers are predicted to fork over up to $5 million for a 30-second ad-break. On top of that, the half time performances have often made headlines on their own, from Michael Jackson to Prince to Janet Jackson’s famous nip-slip. This year Maroon 5 will be performing with support from Travis Scott.
Prediction: Patriots to win by six
This is tough to call but I think the Patriots will be wary of their last Super Bowl outing: where they lost 41-33 to the Philadelphia Eagles, last year. This time I think experience and cool heads will prevail.
New England Patriots: 27
Los Angeles Rams: 21