The Rams and Patriots played six common opponents this year, all four teams from the NFC North and two from the AFC West. In that respect, New England held a one-game edge, going 6-1 straight up (SU) and 5-2 against the spread (ATS), compared to 5-1 SU and 2-2-2 ATS for Los Angeles. Bill Belichick’s team lost at Detroit outright, while the Rams lost to the Bears in Chicago.
New England is making its 11th Super Bowl appearance, and is 5-5 SU and 3-6-1 ATS previously. The Rams won their only Lombardi Trophy in 2000 (while playing in St. Louis), and are making their fourth appearance after going 1-2 SU and 0-2-1 ATS in the previous three.
Against playoff teams this season, the Rams were thoroughly tested, going 5-3 SU and 3-5 ATS. On the road, they were 2-2 SU and 1-3 ATS in such games. The Patriots played six games against playoff teams, going 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS. Two of the games were on the road and the only blemish on that ATS ledger was the 43-40 home win over Kansas City in October. New England was 3-1 SU and ATS against the NFC in 2018, while the Rams were 4-0 SU and 2-1-1 ATS vs. the AFC.
On the road, the Rams were 7-2 SU and 5-4 ATS. They scored 8.0 points per game less away from home. The Patriots were 4-5 SU and ATS on the road, and saw their offensive output drop by over 10 ppg when away from Foxborough.