New England vs. L.A. Rams
Opening line: Pick ’em, now Patriots by 2½
Record vs. spread: New England 11-7, Los Angeles 9-7-2
Patriots offense: Overall fifth, rush fifth, pass eighth
Patriots defense: Overall 21st, rush 11th, pass second
Rams offense: Overall second, rush third, pass fifth
Rams defense: Overall 19th, rush 23rd, pass 14th
Notes: The Patriots and Rams meet in a rematch of New England’s 20-17 win in Super Bowl 17 years ago. … Either Bill Belichick will become oldest coach to win Super Bowl at 66, or Sean McVay will become youngest coach to win it at 33. … Two of NFL’s four highest-scoring teams meet. The Rams were second (32.9 points per game) and averaged 421.1 yards per game in the regular season. The Pats were right behind (27.3 points, 393.4 yards).
Patriots: New England is third team in NFL history to appear in three straight Super Bowls and this is the team’s ninth in the Belichick-Tom Brady era, most in NFL history by player and coach. … New England’s five Super Bowl titles rank it second to Pittsburgh (six). … At 41, Brady can become oldest starting quarterback to win Super Bowl. He would supplant Peyton Manning, who won with Broncos in 2015 season at age 39. … With a victory, Brady would win sixth Super Bowl ring, breaking a tie with Hall of Famer Charles Haley for most by NFL player. … Patriots RB Sony Michel has five rushing TDs this postseason, most by rookie in NFL history. … RB James White has four TDs (three rush, one receiving) in two career Super Bowls. … TE Rob Gronkowski has 12 playoff TD catches, tied with Hall of Famer John Stallworth (12) for second most in postseason history. Gronkowski is aiming for his third Super Bowl in row with a TD catch. … WR Julian Edelman ranks second in postseason history with 105 receptions. He has five or more catches in 12 consecutive postseason games, the longest streak in playoff history. … DE Trey Flowers led the team with 7½ sacks and S Duron Harmon led the team and tied career high with four interceptions. … All-Pro CB Stephon Gilmore had a career-high 20 pass defenses this season, second most in NFL.
Rams: Before turning 33 on Jan. 24, McVay became the youngest coach in NFL history to win a playoff game. He guided a seven-game turnaround last season as rookie head coach and followed with the franchise’s first Super Bowl berth in 17 years. … This is the Rams’ second trip to Super Bowl representing Los Angeles. The team also made two trips for St. Louis. … Jared Goff is the first No. 1 overall draft pick QB to lead his team to a Super Bowl in one of his first three NFL seasons. He ranked fourth in the NFL in yards passing in the regular season (4,688). Now 24, Goff was 7 years old when Brady won first Super Bowl. Their 17-year age gap is biggest in Super Bowl history. … K Greg Zuerlein says he’s healthy after straining his non-kicking foot stepping on metal plate at the Superdome. Still, he hit a 57-yard field goal to beat Saints in NFC title game. … Rams P Johnny Hekker is 3-for-5 for 31 yards and 77.9 passer rating on fakes this season. He hit Sam Shields for key first down on fake punt in NFC Championship Game. … All-Pro DT Aaron Donald led the NFL with 20½ sacks in regular season, but has no sacks in postseason. Teammates Ndamukong Suh and Dante Fowler have capitalized while Donald was double-teamed. … RB C.J. Anderson won a Super Bowl ring with Broncos three years ago. The late-season addition has played well in relief of All-Pro Todd Gurley, who has had one productive game since early December. Gurley, who led NFL with 21 scrimmage TDs, says his knee is healthy.
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