Super Bowl LIII is set. Now we just have to wait a couple of weeks for the big game in Atlanta.
The New England Patriots are going back to their 3rd Super Bowl in a row, while this is the Rams’ first appearance since 1999. Wouldn’t ya’ know it, both underdogs not only covered but won outright. BetOnline has already dropped a line with the Patriots listed as -130 favorites and they are likely to open as a -1 favorite at most shops as well. We can check this Sportsbetting.ag Review to see what kind of Super Bowl bonus they’ll have for the big game.
New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Rams: How They Got Here
I have nothing invested in the New Orleans Saints or the Los Angeles Rams, but I have to opine with regards to the result of this game. The officiating squad should be heavily scrutinized for ‘missing’ one of the clearest cases of pass interference that we have seen in a while. In fact, someone should probably get fired. Not only was it clearly interference on a case of heavy contact with the WR before the ball is even close, but Robey-Coleman has his back turned to the ball the entire time as he levels the Lewis, who is turning to catch the ball.
Everyone saw it. Players, coaches, every single person in the stadium. You could see the dismay on Rams fans’ faces the second the hit happened. They knew that the Saints would get the ball inside the 10-yard line and run down the clock before tacking on another score. Had that call been made correctly, it is very unlikely that the Rams would have taken that game into overtime. They would have been down by at least 10 with somewhere in the ballpark of a minute left to play.
Even Lebron James weighed on Twitter:
On another note. Them 🦓’s be on some 🗑. Hate to see that happen in such a great game! 🤦🏾♂️
— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 20, 2019
And Sean Payton said that the head ref admitted that they missed the call. With all that said, the Rams did a great job in OT and are going to the Super Bowl.
The Patriots, on the other hand, were in a nail-biter against the Kansas City Chiefs that came down to the wire. The Chiefs scored with just under two minutes left to secure a four-point lead. But 1:56 is plenty of time for Terrible Tom. He marched down the field and dropped a touchdown and brought the Pats back up to a three-point lead with hardly any time left on the clock … but Patrick Mahomes dropped a couple of bombs of his own and got the Chiefs in position for a last-second, game-tying field goal. But, Tom, Edelman, and Gronk marched the field in OT and took the game, denying the Chiefs even another touch of the ball on offense.
Without getting into all of the stats like I normally do, I have to lean towards the Patriots in this matchup. Despite some rocky moments this season for the Pats, this team still has a ton of Super Bowl experience. And then there is Goff vs. Brady. Jared Goff played phenomenal ball in the second half of the NFC Championship game. And I don’t want to take anything away from him … but I am going to. Honestly, he didn’t lead his team to victory, the zebras did.
On the flip side, as we saw again … Brady doesn’t crack under pressure. So when we look at a one-point spread with these two teams, one that only got in because of one of the most ridiculous missed PIs in the history of the playoffs, my early pick is the Patriots.