Rams vs Patriots

Patriots vs Rams: ‘Madden’ simulation predicts another crazy title game, with Patriots winning sixth championship. The Los Angeles Rams meet the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII Sunday at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

Kickoff Time and Viewing Information
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: CBS All Access’
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Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. Central, 6:30 p.m. Eastern, with the game to be broadcast live via CBS. The Patriots are a 2.5-point favorite, according to Vegas Insider.

New England is chasing its sixth Super Bowl championship, having last won two years ago, beating Atlanta 34-28 in overtime. Los Angeles has not won the Super Bowl since 2000, when it beat Tennessee 23-17 in Atlanta.

This year’s big game is a rematch of Super Bowl XXXVI, which the Patriots won 20-17. That was the first of the five Super Bowls that New England has won since the 2001 season.

The Patriots are in the Super Bowl for the third straight year, and they will look to bounce back after losing last year’s game to the Philadelphia Eagles. Meanwhile, the Rams haven’t been to the Super Bowl since that loss to the Pats at the end of the 2001 season.

SUPER BOWL LIII: Mercedes-Benz Stadium — Atlanta, Georgia

New England Patriots (-2.5) vs. Los Angeles Rams

You know what? Just to top it off, I think we should try and convince the Red Sox to play a one-game playoff against the Yankees with the winner earning the rights to Bryce Harper.

And now, I present to you my final pick of the season … the official Super Bowl 53 prediction. The Rams would add a late field goal and make the game 38-31, but the Patriots hoisted their sixth Lombardi Trophy.

Friendly reminder: this “Madden” sim has a pretty good history of being accurate, having nailed the Pats-Eagles matchup in terms of craziness and throwing out this incredibly prescient gem two years ago:

Will it be accurate this year? You’ll have to wait and see. Fortunately you can watch in real life for free without even owning a television — just fire up the CBSSports.com, the CBS Sports App or CBS All Access to stream the Super Bowl on any device.

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