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SB LIII by the Numbers

Posted by Eric Fisher On February - 2 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

There are all sorts of ways to look at Super Bowl LIII. You can look at the various matchups between the Rams and the Patriots, the momentum or the track records of the respective teams. Or you can just look at the numbers.

The following is a look at Super Bowl LIII by the numbers.

I Draft position of Jared Goff in 2016 NFL Draft, one spot ahead of Carson Wentz

II Super Bowls in Atlanta before this year

III Trips to Super Bowl for Rams franchise before this season

IV Playoff victories as head coach by Doug Pederson (left)

V Teams that have appeared in more than one Super Bowl without winning (Falcons, Bengals, Panthers, Vikings, Bills)

VI Super Bowl victories by Steelers, most in history

VII Teams which have appeared in Super Bowl one time (Cardinals, Titans, Chargers) or not at all (Browns, Lions, Texans, Jaguars)

VIII Players who have won Super Bowls with different teams in consecutive years, including Chris Long and LeGarrette Blount, who did it past two seasons with Patriots and Eagles

IX Super Bowl appearances, including this year, for Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, most by any coach or quarterback in NFL history

X Super Bowl appearances by Patriots (not including this season), most in NFL history

XI Receptions for Patriots receiver Deion Branch during a 24-21 victory over the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX

XII Playoff TD receptions by Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski, second only to Jerry Rice (22)

XIII Regular-season victories by Rams this season.

XIV Receptions for Patriots running back James White during a 34-28 overtime victory over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI, setting a Super bowl record

XV Receptions by Patriots running back James White during playoff victory over Chargers on Jan. 13, tying postseason record

XVI Uniform number of QB Joe Montana (left), who was named Super Bowl MVP 3 times

XVII Rushing touchdowns for Rams RB Todd Gurley this season

XVIII Touchdown passes in Super Bowl by Tom Brady, an NFL record

XIX Seasons as Patriots head coach for Bill Belichick

XX(1/2) Sacks by Rams DT Aaron Donald this season

XXI Fewest combined points by both teams in a Super Bowl: Dolphins 14, Redskins 7 (Super Bowl VII)

XXII Carries for Redskins running back Timmy Smith when he set Super Bowl record with 204 rushing yards during Super Bowl XXII

XXIII Completions by Tom Brady (in 33 attempts) during Patriots’ 24-21 victory over Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX

XXIV Yards per reception (24.4) for Steelers’ John Stallworth, highest average in Super Bowl history

XXV Only Super Bowl (Giants 20, Bills 19) decided by fewer than 3 points

XXVI Points by Rams during overtime victory over Saints in NFC Championship Game

XXVII Points by Raiders in victory over Eagles in Super Bowl XV

XXVIII Completions by both Nick Foles (left) and Tom Brady during Super Bowl LII

XXIX Playoff wins for Tom Brady, three more than Rams QB Jared Goff has in regular season during his career

XXX Completions by Eagles QB Donovan McNabb during 24-21 loss to Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX

XXXI Consecutive points by Patriots during overtime victory over Falcons in Super Bowl LI

XXXII Completions by Tom Brady during Patriots’ 32-29 victory over Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII

XXXIII Age of Rams coach Sean McVay, who would become youngest coach to win Super Bowl if Rams win Sunday

XXXIV Seconds remaining in first half of Super Bowl VII when Nick Foles caught TD pass on “Philly Philly” (or Philly Special)

XXXV Most points in a quarter during the Super Bowl, scored by Redskins during second quarter of their 42-10 triumph over the Broncos in Super Bowl XXII

XXXVI Super Bowl in which Patriots beat Rams, 20-17, for their first Super Bowl victory

XXXVII Points by Patriots during overtime win over Chiefs in AFC Championship Game

XXXVIII Years since Raiders defeated Eagles, 27-10, in Eagles’ first Super Bowl

XXXIX Super Bowl in which Eagles faced Patriots, with Patriots posting 24-21 win

XL Receptions by Rams WR Cooper Kupp this season before suffering season-ending knee injury in early November

XLI Age of Tom Brady (left), oldest QB to start in Super Bowl

XLII Yards of Wilbert Montgomery’s touchdown run to open scoring in 20-7 triumph over Cowboys in NFC Championship Game on Jan. 11, 1981

XLIII Tackles by Patriots safety Patrick Chung in 2013 during his only season as an Eagle

LXIV Losses for Bill Belichick during five seasons as the Browns’ head coach

XLV Largest margin of victory in Super Bowl history, a 55-10 win by the 49ers over the Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV

XLVI Points scored by Bears in victory over Patriots in Super Bowl XX 33 years ago

XLVII Yards of missed field goal by Bills’ Scott Norwood at end of regulation of 20-19 loss to Giants in Super Bowl XXV

XLVIII Career Super Bowl points by 49ers receiver Jerry Rice, most in history

XLIX Rushing yards per game allowed by Rams during playoffs this season

L Years since Joe Namath’s famous prediction of the Jets’ Super Bowl victory over the Colts

LI Pass attempts by Eagles QB Donovan McNabb during 24-21 loss to Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX

LII Super Bowl in which Eagles defeated Patriots, 41-33, for their only Super Bowl victory

LIII Super Bowls in NFL history, including Sunday’s game between the Rams and Patriots

Putting it on the Line

Posted by Eric Fisher On February - 2 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

Saints fans weren’t the only ones incensed by the non-call on a blatant pass interference infraction near the end of the NFC Championship Game. If the penalty had been called, it’s extremely likely that the Saints would have either scored a touchdown or run the clock down to just a few seconds before kicking the go-ahead field goal. In other words, if the referees hadn’t missed an obvious call, I would have been correct in picking the Saints (-3), or at least earned a push. Instead, both the NFC and AFC championship games went to overtime, and I came out on the wrong side of both games.

There is only one game this weekend: Super Bowl LIII. After starting as a 1-point game, the line has shifted to the Patriots being 2½ point favorites, with some expecting the line to move to 3 before game time.

The formula is there for the Rams to beat the Patriots. They have a terrific running game, a powerful defensive line and good cornerbacks. If they can control the clock and avoid this game coming down to a matchup between quarterbacks Tom Brady and Jared Goff, the Rams could win. But the Patriots have been counted out too many times.

I’m picking the Patriots to cover the spread and win their sixth Super Bowl title.

Here are my selections for this weekend:       

(Winning team against the line in bold)

Best bet: Patriots -2½ vs. Rams

Last week: 0-2 (128-140-12 this season)

Best Bet: 0-1 (8-11-1 this season)

Other top picks: 0-1 (34-34-3 this season)

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