03 February, 2019
The New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams will square off Sunday evening at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium for football's top prize.
New England has just three first-quarter points - a field goal previous year against the Eagles - in those past eight appearances.
The Patriots are a consensus 2.5-point favorite over the Rams, with an over/under of 56.5 points.
But both teams made the Super Bowl largely because they played excellent defense during the conference championship round two weeks ago.
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The Patriots are also favorites in moneyline terms, with most bookmakers offering odds of -135 on a New England win, while the Rams are +120.
The Patriots were themselves one-point underdog when they upset the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in Super Bowl XLIX, while the Seahawks were in a similar position a year earlier.
Patriots 31, Rams 23 - My sixth sense tells me Tom Brady is going to be scary good.