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New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Rams

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium(Atlanta)Sun. 2-3 @ 6:30 pm ESTOver/Under: 56.5

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Los Angeles Rams vs. New England Patriots in Atlanta, Georgia (-2.5), Sunday, 6:30 pm EST.

The big game is finally here and for many of us, we couldn't care less who wins between these two teams as long as it is not the Patriots. From DFS, to playoff leagues, to prop bets, to square pools there are a lot of ways to enjoy the game other than just watching it. All the information below applies to some sort of information that can be used in either fantasy or prop betting, as crazy as it seems. So, without further ado, I give you the 53 Things to Know for Super Bowl 53!

  1. The last time these two teams faced each other was on 12/4/16. The Patriots won 26-10. Jared Goff threw for 161 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Todd Gurley rushed for 38 yards on 11 carries. Kenny Britt caught two passes for 67 yards and a touchdown. Tom Brady threw for 269 yards and a touchdown. LeGarrette Blount rushed for 88 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Julian Edelman caught eight passes for 101 yards.

  2. The last time these two teams played in the Super Bowl was in 2001. The Patriots won 20-17.

  3. The Patriots have played in ten Super Bowls and won five. The Rams have played in three Super Bowls and have won once, but they were in St. Louis during their victory.

  4. It is supposed to be 62 degrees and cloudy outside of the Mercedes Benz Dome.

  5. Brandin Cooks averages more catches and yards per game in a dome.

  6. Jared Goff threw for 297 yards, one touchdown, and an interception versus the Saints. Goff and the Rams were bailed out by the refs on their way to the Super Bowl. Goff has been lackluster over the playoff stretch, doing enough to keep his team in the games, but not much fantasy wise.

  7. The Rams allowed the 10th fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season.

  8. Tom Brady threw for 348 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions versus the Chiefs. The Chiefs dropped an interception that would have clinched the victory over the Patriots, proving once again, that God is a Patriots fan.

  9. The Patriots allowed the 12th fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season.

  10. Tom Brady has never thrown for a touchdown in the first quarter of a Super Bowl. In fact, the Patriots have never scored a first quarter touchdown in the Super Bowl during the  Tom Brady era.

  11. Only three total players from the two teams have thrown a pass in this postseason: Tom Brady , Jared Goff , and Johnny Hekker .

  12. Brady and Goff have two combined 400+ yard passing games this season. Both were done by Goff.

  13. Sony Michel has rushed for 242 yards and five touchdowns over the two games in the playoffs.

  14. The Rams allowed the 16th fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season.

  15. James White has caught 19 passes over the last two weeks.

  16. Rex Burkhead has three touchdowns in the last two games.

  17. The Rams allowed only 477 yards receiving to running backs this season, fourth best in the NFL.

  18. The Patriots allowed 783 yards receiving to backs this season, ninth worst in the NFL.

  19. CJ Anderson has out carried and outperformed Todd Gurley in the playoffs. Anderson has carried the ball 39 times for 167 yards and two touchdowns while Gurley has carries the ball 20 times for 125 yards and two touchdowns.

  20. The Patriots allowed the 12th fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season.

  21. The Patriots have had less than 50% of their kickoffs result in a touchdown this season.

  22. In 1991, Gladys Knight took one minute and 34 seconds to sing the National Anthem.

  23. Over the last 12 years, the under has come through for the National Anthem nine times.

  24. Knight wore a black dress at the Kennedy Center in her last big performance on TV, unless you count the bee suit she has been wearing on “The Masked Singer.”

  25. Rob Gronkowski scored only three touchdowns this season, but had his fourth best receiving yardage total of the year last week.

  26. The Rams allowed the eighth most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends this season.

  27. A recent study showed that coin tosses are actually not a 50/50 proposition. When flipping a quarter, the side that the coin starts on for the toss is actually a 51% favorite to win. The study said that when using larger coins (like in a Super Bowl) the effect should be larger as well. Most coin tosses start with the head facing up.

  28. Tom Brady was only sacked 21 times this season. Jared Goff was sacked 33 times.

  29. Tom Brady has a 71.2 QB rating when pressured. The Rams led the NFL in QB pressures.

  30. Sean McVay is half of Bill Belichick's age.

  31. Ted Rath became a viral sensation after a video showing him as Sean McVay’s “bodyguard” during games.

  32. Julian Edelman has caught 24 passes for 245 yards over the last two playoff games.

  33. Nickell Robey-Coleman only allowed 253 yards receiving against slot receivers all season.

  34. Marcus Peters lines up against Phillip Dorsett this week. Dorsett has scored a touchdown in each of the Patriots’ playoff games.

  35. This is Tony Romo’s first Super Bowl.

  36. Brandin Cooks has caught 11 passes for 172 yards in the playoffs thus far.

  37. Stephon Gilmore will lineup versus Cooks for most of the Super Bowl. Gilmore was the #1 cornerback in the NFL this year according to Pro-Football Focus.

  38. Maroon 5 have a lot of love songs or ones with inappropriate lyrics. “Moves like Jagger” is one of the few that is popular enough, but not overtly sexual to open the Halftime Show with.

  39. Adam Levine almost always wears black.

  40. The Patriots are 2-3 in the Super Bowl against head coaches with facial hair.

  41. The Gatorade color on the Rams sideline in the NFC Championship was Blue. Tom Brady doesn’t believe in Gatorade.

  42. Greg Zuerlein was four for six in field goals over 50 yards this season.

  43. Outkast is originally from Atlanta. However, Andre Benjamin is currently promoting a movie.

  44. Aaron Donald led the NFL in tackles for loss, sacks, and was fourth in forced fumbles this season.  

  45. You can still get tickets for the big game for $2,700 a pop, down almost $500 from this time last year.

  46. Robert Woods has only had three games this season with less than four receptions, but only seven with more than five.  

  47. The Rams beat the Patriots 30-27 in the Madden NFL 19 simulation of the Super Bowl.

  48. If the Patriots win, they will tie the Pittsburgh Steelers with the most Super Bowl wins. If they lose, they will pass the Denver Broncos for the most Super Bowl losses.

  49. This article has exactly one more fact than last year. This one.

  50. Prediction:  Rams win 24-22.

  51. The Cleveland Browns are the only NFL team and city to never have played in or hosted a Super Bowl.

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