Super Bowl 53: Team records, stats since last Patriots-Rams championship

Super Bowl 53: Tom Brady vs. Jared Goff

There will be feelings of déjà vu at Super Bowl 53 as the Patriots and Rams prepare to battle for the Lombardi Trophy for the second time in 17 years.

The last time these teams met in the championship game was Super Bowl 36 in 2002, when the Rams resided in St. Louis, Tom Brady was just a second-year quarterback and Jared Goff was a mere eight years old.

Since the 2001-02 season, there has been significantly more stability and success for the Patriots than the Rams. The Rams are returning to the championship game for the first time since that game, while the Patriots return for the eighth time in that span.

On the other hand, four Rams players from Super Bowl 36 have been enshrined in the Hall of Fame (Marshall Faulk, Orlando Pace, Kurt Warner and Aeneas Williams). As of yet, no Patriots players have.

Yet, Brady cemented himself as the starter going forward in the Patriots’ victory over the Rams, which was also the start of coach Bill Belichick’s legacy at the helm in New England. The Patriots have won five Super Bowl rings and eight AFC titles but are hungry for more as they enter their NFL-record 11th Super Bowl and ninth under the QB/coach duo.

Here, we look back at the statistics from the fateful matchup which set the Brady-Belichick era into motion and how the two teams have fared in the 2018-19 season entering the big game.

Super Bowl 36 stats

Team Total Yards Leading Passer Leading Rusher Leading Receiver Leading Tackler
New England Patriots 267 Tom Brady (16-27-145 1-0) Antowain Smith (18-92 0) Troy Brown (6-89 0) Ty Law (7)
St. Louis Rams 427 Kurt Warner (28-44 365 1-2) Marshall Faulk (17-76 0) Az-Zahir Hakeem (5-90 0) Tommy Polley (11)

Super Bowl 36 scoring summary

Quarter Time Team Detail
1 3:10 Rams Jeff Wilkins 50-yd FG (3-0)
2 8:49 Patriots Ty Law 47-yd Int return (3-7)
2 0:31 Patriots David Patten 8-yd rec Td (Brady) (3-14)
3 1:18 Patriots Adam Vinatieri 37-yd FG (3-17)
4 9:31 Rams Kurt Warner 2-yd rush (10-17)
4 1:30 Rams Ricky Proehl 26-yd rec (Kurt Warner) (17-17)
4 0:00 Patriots Adam Vinatieri 48-yd FG (17-20)

How they stack up entering Super Bowl 53

2002-2018 New England Patriots St. Louis/ LA Rams
Wins 209 111
Losses 63 160
Playoff Appearances 15 4
Division Championships 15 3
Conference Championships 8 1
Super Bowl Wins 4 0
Head Coaches 1 8*
Quarterbacks (Min. 100 PA) 2’ 14^

* Mike Martz, Joe Vitt, Scott Linehan, Jim Haslett, Steve Spagnuolo, Jeff Fisher, Jim Fassel, Sean McVay

‘Tom Brady, Matt Cassel

^Marc Bulger, Sam Bradford, Jared Goff, Case Keenum, Jamie Martin, Nick Foles, Kellen Clemens, Kurt Warner, Austin Davis, Shaun Hill, Kyle Boller, Gus Frerotte, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Keith Null

Brady vs. Goff’s first three seasons

Quarterback Seasons Comp./G Att./G Yards/G TD/G Int./G
Tom Brady 2000-2002 19.9 31.8 206.7 1.4 0.8
Jared Goff 2016-2018 20.3 32.7 252.1 1.7 0.7

The Patriots and Rams square off in the championship Feb. 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.