Super Bowl LIII 2019 Preview: Everything You Need to Know
The 2019 NFL season comes to an end this weekend as the New England Patriots (yes, them again) take on the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta at Super Bowl LIII. But if you’re only about American Football once a year and need a quick briefing before Sunday’s game, here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Super Bowl.
Super Bowl Facts
It can be hard for us this side of the Atlantic to realise just how big the Super Bowl actually is. Think all-English Champions League Final on steroids and you’re probably still way off the mark. So here’s a few facts which should give you an idea of the scale of it in the US…
2018/2019 NFL Season
It’s been a year of new and old in the NFL. New stand out teams like Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams put up huge numbers, with rookie and MVP favourite Chiefs’ QB Patrick Mahomes breaking records and defying logic on numerous occasions with wrong-hand and no-look passes. But it was a season for the game’s usual suspects to come to the fore in the playoffs too, with Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and New England Patriots making the AFC Championship game for the 8th season in a row, despite a relatively modest regular season. If you don’t know your NFL history, that’s obscene for a sport where parity is embedded in every aspect of the game.
Super Bowl LII Preview
And so we’re left with NFC Champions LA Rams and, for the fourth time in five seasons, AFC Champions New England Patriots. For the Patriots, it’s business as usual. They might not have the talent as before this time around, but they can run the ball better than ever with Sony Michel the one to look out for at Running Back. If he goes beyond 100+ yards, the Patriots should be favourites. Even if the Rams contain the running game, the likes of Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman are likely to have a big say in the passing game. That said, the Patriots don’t have a deep ball threat as they have in previous years.
The Rams will always put up numbers on offence but the game plan will be the same as many when facing Tom Brady; keep the ball out of #12’s hands and bring pressure. One thing ever-present with the Patriots is that they always find a way to win, but we think the Rams could get some joy here. Their pass rush is one of the best in the game with Defensive Tackle Aaron Donald unquestionably the best defensive player in football at the moment, and their Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips known for his exotic schemes.
We should probably also mention that this Super Bowl’s main storyline will be between the two Head Coaches. Patriots’ HC Bill Belichick is the greatest of all time and needs no introduction if you’re a casual follower. The Rams’ HC Sean McVay, on the other hand, is 33 years old and the youngest ever Head Coach in modern NFL history. He’s also one of the most exciting and boasts a near photographic memory. Seriously. If he can get the best of Belichick, his already sky high stock will only rise.
Super Bowl LIII Half Time Show
If you’re watching the Super Bowl with friends who have no interest in the sport whatsoever, the Halt Time Show is one of the big draws. These shows have enticed the biggest stars to grace any stage, such as Michael Jackson who played the very first back in 1993, as well as Diana Ross, Rolling Stones and Prince. This year we’ve got Maroon 5. It’s not the most exciting but they’re probably be pyro at least.
Super Bowl LIII UK Start Time
So what time does everything get underway in the UK? As usual, you’ll have two options on Sunday 3rd February; BBC One or Sky Sports. The BBC’s coverage begins at 10:45pm, while Sky’s gets underway at earlier at 10:00pm if you want some more build-up. Super Bowl LIII itself will kick off at 11:30pm GMT and is likely to finish around 03:30am on Monday morning.
So prep your excuse for why you can’t go into work the next day, practice your best celebrating without making any noise so as to not wake others that live in your home, and enjoy what is sure to be one hell of a ride!
If you’re in London and fancy watching the game among other gridiron nuts, we’ve got 2 tickets to give away to Jack Daniel’s Tailgate Party in Stratford!