The 2019 Super Bowl Showdown
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We are approaching one of the nations most beloved sporting events: the Super Bowl. And it’s a Patriots-Rams matchup. Super Bowl LIII—that’s 53 in roman numerals—is scheduled to be played Sunday, February 3rd at 4:30 PM ET. As your local sports bar in West Phoenix, Long Wongs AZ Famous Wings has been following all the action this season. And we’ll certainly be showing the 2019 Super Bowl showdown on our wide screen TVs starting at 2:30 PM MT, for all you Arizonans!
The Road to the Super Bowl
The two teams facing off this year are the New England Patriots, once again, and the Los Angeles Rams. Both teams carried impressive regular season records into the playoffs. The New England Patriots of the AFC East went 11-5 (W-L). And the LA Rams of the NFC West were 13-3 (W-L).
The two teams who came up short in the NFC Championship playoff games were the Kansas City Chiefs and the New Orleans Saints. Respectively, their regular season records were just slightly better than our 2019 Super Bowl duo at 12-4 and 13-3.
The Missed Call
Here’s the kicker, were it not for what everyone is calling the most controversial non-call in NFL history, we might have a different matchup. It happened in the final 2 minutes of the 4th quarter with the Los Angeles Rams and The New Orleans Saints tied at 20-20. The Saints had the ball on the 12th-yard line, and it was 3rd and 10. They were set to score a touchdown when a clear pass interference call was overlooked by the referees. At 4th and 10, the Saints had to settle for an easy field goal.
With a minute and a half remaining on the clock to decide the victor, the Rams were now hard pressed to score at least three more points and take the game to overtime. And they did! The Rams subsequently won in overtime, and the missed call heard round the world was played on repeat for the next several days.
The 2019 Super Bowl Showdown
The Rams and the Patriots have faced each other before in this most coveted of games. In fact, it’s been 17 years since the Rams have made a Super Bowl appearance and in an odd twist of fate, they are playing the same team they faced last time: the Patriots. That year, the champions were the New England Patriots winning with the small margin of 20-17. It was also a historic Super Bowl as it was Tom Brady’s first of 5 Championships leading his team as quarterback.
The big question on everyone’s mind is, will the Rams even the score and win Super Bowl LIII? Well, without our crystal ball, it’s too hard to predict. The Vegas odds, however, put the Patriots slightly behind the Rams. If you want to catch the big game in a family-friendly environment, come join us for the action at Long Wongs in West Phoenix, and try some of our famous wings!
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