By Zachary Sizemore
The highlight of this weekend will undoubtedly be Super Bowl LIII (53) featuring the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams. The game will be played Sunday, February 3rd, at 5:30 PM on CBS.
What is the Super Bowl?
The Super Bowl is the annual championship game for the NFL. The two teams that play represent each conference, the NFC and AFC. There are playoffs that lead up to the Super Bowl, starting with the Wild Card and Divisional Round, moving to the Conference Championship and ending with the big game.
The Super Bowl is also known for its halftime show and commercials during the game.
Where is the Super Bowl being played this year?
This year’s Super Bowl will be played in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. Mercedes-Benz Stadium is home to the Atlanta Falcons, the SEC Championship, the Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl, and many more sporting events. The stadium holds a capacity of 71,000 seats.
Tickets for the game are awfully expensive with the lowest price around $2,500. It will probably be best to watch the game at home if you’re a casual fan.
Who is Playing This Year?
The New England Patriots (11-5)
The Los Angeles Rams (12-4)
How did the teams get here?
The New England Patriots defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship 37-31 (OT) on January 20. Tom Brady and the Patriots were up 17-7 going into the 4th quarter, but the Chiefs, led by phenom Patrick Mahomes, scored 24 points in the 4th to send the game to overtime. New England won the coin toss and methodically drove down the field and scored a 1 yard touchdown with RB Rex Burkhead.
There was controversy after this game on whether overtime should let both teams get a chance with the ball or not.
Before the Patriots clinched a spot, the Los Angeles Rams defeated the New Orleans Saints 26-23 (OT) in the NFC Championship. The Saints jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter but Jared Goff and the Rams rallied back to cut the deficit to three at halftime. After a back and forth second half, it looked like the Saints were home free to the Super Bowl, until chaos ensued. On 3rd & 10, Nickell Robey-Coleman drilled Tommylee Lewis, making everyone think it would be pass interference. The referees didn’t call it, thus sending the game to overtime in which the Rams won on a 57 yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein.
The “No Call” will be talked about for years to come.
Gerald Everett, Ram’s Tight End, will represent the south in this year’s Super Bowl.
Everett played tight end for the University of South Alabama from 2014-2016. Before he transferred to USA, he played at UAB (University of Alabama-Birmingham) until their program shut down prior to the 2014 season. He was the first player in South Alabama history to be drafted to the NFL. Jaguar fans, like myself, will definitely be cheering him on!