I’ve been so depressed with my Pittsburgh Steelers not qualifying for the 2019 NFL Playoffs, I sat out the postseason. Seriously.
I barely watched any games. And as y’all probably noticed (or not), I didn’t preview any games up to this point. NOT ONE GAME.
Now that the New England Patriots are in the Super Bowl LIII (again, goddammit), could we be witnessing history?
They are on the verge of tying my beloved Steelers for most Super Bowl wins with six. Tom Brady is on the verge of becoming the first quarterback to win SIX Super Bowls.
Hell, the Patriots are in their ninth Super Bowl in 19 years. That’s almost at a 50% clip. That’s unheard of in this age of parity in the NFL.
The Pats get to play the upstart Los Angeles Rams, led by QB Jared Goff and RB Todd Gurley. Their coach, Sean McVay, is an offensive savant with copious amounts of swagger who single-handedly turned around the Rams.
The Rams also have some junkyard dogs on defense, led by defensive tackle Aaron Donald, defensive backs Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is known to bring lots of pressure and suffocate ANY offense.
So what’s gonna happen on February 3rd?
The Patriots are gonna win, that’s what.
What I’ve learned this season is that even though the Patriots didn’t have a stellar season by their standards, is to never EVER bet against Tom Brady. And no disrespect to the Rams, who had a helluva season, but I don’t see Goff, Gurley and the crew stopping the G.O.A.T. from reaching a new type of sports immortality.
Patriots 27, Rams 20.