The wait is finally over.
Tonight at 6:30 ET, the Patriots and Rams will duke it out in Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII. For the Patriots, this is their fourth Super Bowl appearance in the last five years, and ninth in the last 18. The GOAT duo of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady currently have a 5-3 record in such games together.
Opposing the experience and greatness of Belichick and Brady tonight will be quarterback Jared Goff, 24, and head coach Sean McVay, 32, both fresh off their second full season in LA (Goff started final seven games of 2016, was number-one overall pick that same year).
In his two playoff starts this year, Goff has completed 40 of 68 passes (58.8%) with one touchdown and a 79.5 QB rating. In the regular season, he had a 64.9 completion percentage and 101.1 QB rating.
Brady is 64 for 90 (71.1%) with two touchdowns and a 91.5 QB rating in his two playoff starts.
New England defeated the Chargers (41-28) and Chiefs (37-31) to get to this point, while LA took care of business against the Cowboys (30-22) and Saints (26-23), despite not deserving to win against the latter.
Really should be Pats and Saints, honestly, but it is what it is. Gotta get the job no matter what, regardless of who you play. The Rams are just as capable as the Saints and that's how the Pats will approach this game. It all comes down to one thing—do your job.
Tonight's game will be a rematch of Super Bowl XXXVI, back when the Rams were still in St. Louis (the franchise moved to LA before the 2016 season). That night 17 years ago today, the Pats won 20-17 after trailing 14-3 after three quarters, stunning QB Kurt Warner and the Rams' "Greatest Show on Turf" offense. This was, of course, Belichick and Brady's first Super Bowl win together, and history knows what happened after that.
Just about 7.5 more hours remain... LFG.