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Super Bowl 53 open thread: Rams vs. Patriots

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Chat during the final game of the 2018 season.

NFL: Super Bowl LIII-New England Patriots vs Los Angeles Rams Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots.

Los Angeles Rams.

Two teams that came into the 2018 season with expectations to challenge for the NFL Championship. Two teams that have lived up to their hype.

There were doubters along the way. The Patriots started the year 1-2, and were constantly told throughout the season that This Year’s Patriots doesn’t look the like dominant team that has had a stranglehold on the AFC for decades. New England harnessed those doubters and turned it into some overblown “Hi, haters” motto that has catapulted them into the championship game yet again.

The Rams haven’t had quite as rocky of a road to the Super Bowl. They started the season with eight straight wins, however, November and December started to bring some concern over the team. They dropped three games to NFC contenders—Saints, Bears and Eagles—and many thought Los Angeles was still a year or two away.

But Sean McVay has put those doubters to bed, pulling off two big wins over the Cowboys and Saints in the postseason.

Now the two face off for an all-or-nothing proposition. No one cares if you were Super Bowl runner-ups. Super Bowl glory lasts forever. Patriots vs. Rams.

It’s time.