And then there were two.
On Sunday evening at 6:30, the New England Patriots will square off against the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 53 from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
This is the third consecutive trip to the Super Bowl for the Patriots — the team’s fourth appearance in the last five years and the ninth trip in the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era.
The Rams, meanwhile, are led by a sharp, young coach in Sean McVay and a young stud quarterback in Jared Goff.
It’s literally a match-up of the ages.
So which team will come out on top and raise the coveted Lombardi Trophy late Sunday night?
PGA Tour caddies Joe Skovron, Mark Urbanek and Justin York, along with LPGA caddie Chris McCalmont have studied up. These are their picks…
New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Rams
Spread: New England -2.5
Skovron’s Pick: New England
Why: It’s simple. You just can’t bet against the two GOATS. If the Pats can hold off Donald and Suh from dominating the line of scrimmage, I think they get the job done and Tom Brady gets Super Bowl win No. 6.
Urbanek’s Pick: LA Rams
Why: I know what the Patriots have done to get to this point is very impressive, but I don’t see how they’re favored in this game. Experience is worth something but not enough to swing the point spread. Take the points and run here. LA will be the first team to get pressure on Brady and that will be the difference. I expect LA to be able to move the ball all over the Pats with both the run game and deep balls. LA rolls, 31-21.
York’s Pick: New England
Why: This is very familiar territory for the Pats being in now four of the last five Super Bowls. I’m sure the game will be good and seemingly close throughout, but the cream always rises to the top. Everyone knows how fortunate the Rams are to just be in the game, but I’m sure the luck will come to a halt. Goff will be Goff complete with overthrows bad decisions and an interception or two. Their rushing attack will keep it close but won’t be enough to stop the GOAT!
McCalmont’s Pick: New England
Why: It’s only taken me all season to finally admit that the Patriots are still the Patriots… mostly because being a Steelers fan, I understandably can’t stand them. But when it comes to betting, you can’t bet with your heart (that’s why I don’t do this for a living). With that said, I can’t believe the spread is this low, because I think this game will be over at halftime, as the tandem of Brady-Belichick will totally overwhelm LA and the moment will be too big for the inexperienced Rams.