ATLANTA — Super Bowl LIII between the NFC champion Los Angeles Rams and AFC champion New England Patriots will be played today from Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Check back here for updates, notes and analysis from the game as the Pats try to win a record-tying sixth Lombardi Trophy and the Rams try to bring their first Super Bowl title to Hollywood after winning one for St. Louis (and one NFL championship for Cleveland, in 1945, and another for L.A. in 1951).
Beautiful rendition performed by Gladys Knight. And thankful that’s all we need to say about it. Game on.
The roof is open
The oculus roof of Mercedes-Benz Stadium has been opened for the pre-game festivities. Quite cool.
The roof will close again for the actual game.
Even though Rams coach Sean McVay grew up in suburban Atlanta, today’s crowd definitely seems skewed in favor of the Patriots. Large cheers erupted when Tom Brady and Co. took the field for warm-ups, while the Rams were booed fairly lustily for what’s supposed to be a “neutral site.”
Not playing today …
Patriots: DB Obi Melifonwu, DB Duke Dawson, DL Keionta Davis, OL James Ferentz, TE Stephen Anderson, DE Derek Rivers, DL Ufomba Kamalu
Rams: DB Darious Williams, RB Justin Davis, OLB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, OLB Trevon Young, OL Jamil Demby, DT Sebastian Joseph-Day, DT Tanzel Smart
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