By Tim Klapac, Sports Editor
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Super Bowl LIII is set for Feb. 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and it is a clash between old and new as the New England Patriots face off against the Los Angeles Rams.
The Patriots are making their third consecutive trip to the big game and their ninth Super Bowl appearance in the Brady/Belichick era. A win would give New England its sixth Lombardi trophy, tying them with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most all-time.
The Rams are full of young, rising stars in quarterback Jared Goff, running back Todd Gurley and head coach Sean McVay. The Rams returned to Los Angeles just three years ago after spending the previous 20 years in St. Louis.
Expect a lot of points as these two teams boast the second and fourth highest scoring offenses during the regular season. The story of this game may be told on the defensive side of the ball. Los Angeles is loaded with notable defensive talent such as defensive backs Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters and defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh and Aaron Donald, who is a candidate for Defensive Player of the Year. Despite the number of stars on the Rams’ defense, they finished 19th in total defense in the regular season while the Patriots finished 21st.
Whether quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick get their sixth title or the Rams usher in a new era of football legends, Super Bowl LIII is sure to provide a great football game in a beautiful venue. Here’s how members of our staff think the game will go:
Karuga Koinange (Editor-In-Chief): Patriots 27, Rams 24
Tim Klapac (Sports Editor): Rams 30, Patriots 28
Muhammed Waheed (Assistant Sports Editor): Patriots 35, Rams 28
Jordan Kendall (Assistant Sports Editor): Patriots 28, Rams 17