Ricky Proehl stared into the TV camera. It was exactly 17 years ago, just minutes before the New England Patriots were to play the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI in the Louisiana Superdome. A wide receiver for the Rams – known then as the “Greatest Show on Turf” – Proehl proclaimed, “Tonight a dynasty is born, baby.”And, you know, he was right. It just wasn’t the dynasty he anticipated. Adam Vinatieri’s 48-yard field goal as time expired lifted New England to a 20-17 victory over the heavily favored Rams for the Patriots’ first NFL title. Tom Brady was the game’s MVP, and the league hasn’t been the same since. When the Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams play Sunday in Super Bowl LIII, New England will be playing in its ninth Super Bowl in the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era. The Rams – who moved back to L.A. from St. Louis in 2016 – will be in their first Super Bowl since that loss in 2002. The Patriots have been involved in some of the greatest Super Bowls in history since that game – back-to-back titles in the 2003 and 2004 seasons, each won on a Vinatieri kick; the… Read full this story
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