The New England Patriots will square off against the Los Angeles Rams for the second time in the Super Bowl. The two teams met in Super Bowl XXXVI following the 2001 season, a 20-17 New England win.
New England scored one of the greatest victories in franchise history when it defeated the heavily favored Rams for the NFL championship on Feb. 3, 2002, in Super Bowl XXXVI. That victory followed a tight game in the 2001 regular season that ended in a 24-17 St. Louis victory at Foxboro Stadium. This year’s Super Bowl matchup will occur 17 years to the day since Super Bowl XXXVI.
The franchise moved to St. Louis from Los Angleles following the 1994 season before returning to Southern California in 2017.
The Patriots beat the Rams, 26-10, at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 4, 2016, in the most recent meeting between the two clubs. Including Super Bowl XXXVI, the Patriots have won the last five contests.
Overall, the Patriots lead the series by a 8-5 margin, including the Super Bowl matchup.
The series dates back to 1974, when the Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams by a 20-14 score at what was then Schaefer Stadium.