Rams vs. Patriots: A Legacy

Sophie Laurence, News Editor

On Feb. 3, 2019, the New England Patriots played the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII in the lowest-scoring super bowl in NFL history. The game, critics say, was boring, and the outcome,  inevitable. The Patriots walked away with another ring for their collection, but the Rams put up a strong fight. In the two weeks leading up to the big game, people argued over who they wanted to win—the young coach-quarterback duo of LA, or the experienced and accomplished couple of New England. The question is: Who would have made the better history?

The Rams were sent to the Super Bowl after a victory against the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime. Head Coach, Sean McVay, age 33, entered the league ten years ago as an Assistant Wide Receivers coach for Tampa Bay. He has worked his way up to a head coaching position in 2017. Since then, he’s served on the coaching staffs of the Florida of the UFL, Washington, and now Los Angeles.

Bill Belichick, New England Patriots head coach for the last eighteen years, is arguably the greatest head coach of all time. Since becoming head coach, the Patriots have won the Super Bowl five times, and have made nine appearances. (FInish later)

Not only do The Patriots have arguably the greatest head coach in NFL history, but they also have the greatest quarterback in NFL history (again, arguably). Tom Brady, age 41, started his career on New England’s roster, and has not left it. He has thrown 517 touchdowns in his eighteen-year career, which is third in NFL history behind Peyton Manning and Drew Brees. Brady has played in fourteen pro-bowls, and also has 25 different awards under his belt—The QB is New England’s most prized possession.

However, on the Rams’ side is Jared Goff, age 24, who has only been in the league for three years. Like Tom Brady, he has only been with Los Angeles during his short career. He has thrown 65 touchdowns, and has been to two pro-bowls. Obviously, his career has been very short, but his accomplishments thus far are not to be overlooked. Goff has taken the Rams fanbase and the NFL by storm, much like Brady did during his first few years in the league.

For some more perspective, a Rams win would have meant that a new record would have been set by Coach McVay as the youngest coach to walk away with the title. It would also mean a second Lombardi trophy in Rams history. They won their first in 2000 when the team was still located in St. Louis.

However, the Patriots win meant a sixth ring for Brady, which set the record for most Super Bowl rings won by a quarterback. Bill Belichick has also set a record as the oldest coach to win a Super Bowl, which steals the title from his predecessor, Tom Coughlin, who won his final Super Bowl at 65.

So the question of who’s legacy would have been greater– the Rams or the Patriots– the answer is very much up-in-the-air. Obviously, it depends in the bias of the fans, many of whom just wanted to see Brady lose, no matter who it was against. On the other side, many wanted to see Goff go down to prove once again that Brady and Belichick really are the best in the league. The answer to the question is all about perspective.