The loss in the Super Bowl LIII fueled the Los Angeles Rams to go out and demolish the New England Patriots on Thursday Night Football. In 2019 February, the Patriots absolutely stopped the Rams' offense and beat them.13-3 to win the Super Bowl.
Nearly two years later, the Rams saw off the Patriots 24-3 on their home field to improve to 9-4 on the season and keep the No. 1 spot of the NFC West Division. "We definitely wanted that payback, definitely wanted to get our revenge from the Super Bowl," Rams defensive lineman Michael Brockers said after the game, as quoted on ESPN.
When asked if the Rams seeked redemption, head coach Sean McVay downplayed any notion of it. "It enters my mind because that's all you guys ask me about. So, you know, I'm just kind of kidding a little bit, but no," McVay said, adding that redemption "doesn't get back the hurt and the scars of that night.
I can promise you that." Rams rookie running back Cam Akers was promoted to the starting lineup and he didn't disappoint as he rushed for 171 yards on 29 attempts. "When you go out at practice and you prepare the right way, you get rewarded," Akers said.
The Rams' defense wanted to stop the Patriots
"We knew that they had a really good running game," Brockers acknowledged. "We just took it personal, defensively we took it personal. We wanted to stop their run game."
Patriots quarterback Cam Newton had a disappointing performance as he went 9-of-16 for 119 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception. "Cam's our quarterback," Belichick said in his postgame news conference, cutting off the question to give his answer.
Newton was pulled out of game for Jarrett Stidham, and when asked why he wouldn't switch to Stidham as the starter, Belichick simply said: "He's our quarterback, I think I just answered that one." The Patriots dropped to 6-7 after the loss to the Rams and when asked if he was worried he would get replaced in the starting lineup, Newton said: "That's not my call.
I'm just doing what I'm asked, with the mentality of getting better, and that's what I keep planning on doing." The Patriots play next the Miami Dolphins. "We just got to be better and it starts with me personally," Newton noted. "Just have to make more plays, and that's what it comes down to."