53 Days Until Super Bowl LIII: Brady & Vinatieri Beat Heavily-Favored Rams

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 6:49 PM UTC

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 6:49 PM UTC

Super Bowl LIII is February 3. Each day leading up to the game, SBR will post a number & story relevant to how many days remain. As of December 12, it’s 53 …

<h2><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nfl-football/championship-winner/futures/" rel="nofollow"><img alt src="https://images-production-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5c10072d1f526300948799c9/original-super-bowl" style="width:100%" /></a></h2><p> </p><h2>Days Until Super Bowl LIII From December 12: <span style="color:#FF0000">53</span></h2><p>On Feb. 3, 2002, in Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans, the New England Patriots were whopping 14-point underdogs to the “Greatest Show on Turf” St. Louis Rams of Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt &amp; Co. Led by a still relatively unknown second-year quarterback by the name of Tom Brady, the Patriots jumped out to a 17-3 lead late in the third quarter on a field goal by Adam Vinatieri (like Brady, the only player still active from that game but now with the Colts).</p><p>The Rams would pull to 17-10 on a Warner 2-yard TD run with 9:31 left and would tie the game on a Warner 26-yard pass to Ricky Proehl and ensuing Jeff Wilkins extra point with 1:30 to go. The first Super Bowl overtime looked inevitable. No way Bill Belichick would trust his young quarterback to risk a turnover in a two-minute drill.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;16 years ago today, the Patriots defeated the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Without any timeouts, Brady led the team down the field to set up Adam Vinatieri's game-winning field goal as time expired.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;It was New England's first Super Bowl championship.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/nGDk5vr6yA\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/nGDk5vr6yA&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/OnlyInBOS/status/959796115490172928?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;February 3, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>However, Belichick, despite no timeouts remaining and 1:21 on the clock, went for the win in regulation even though Brady took over at his own 17. A legend would be born. Brady led the Patriots <strong><span style="color:#FF0000">53 yards</span> </strong>in eight plays, with Troy Brown’s 23-yard catch the longest play of the drive. New England never even faced a third down. After a Brady incompletion to stop the clock with seven seconds left, on came Vinatieri. His 48-yard field goal as time expired was good, marking the first Super Bowl won on the game’s final play (but not the last for Brady).</p><p>Brady was named MVP despite pedestrian numbers of 145 yards passing with a TD on 16 of 27. The Rams outgained the Patriots 427-267, but the Patriots forced three turnovers, which resulted in 17 points, while not giving the ball away once.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/best-sportsbooks/">Bet On Super Bowl LIII At SBR's Top-Rated Sportsbooks</a></h2>
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