It sure looked like the New England Patriots were going to march down the field for a score on the first drive of Super Bowl LIII.
But as we’ve learned in so many past championship games, you probably should expect the unexpected.
After Cordarrelle Patterson took the opening kickoff 38 yards to New England’s 39-yard line, the Patriots gained 27 yards on four straight rushing plays to move the ball to the Los Angeles Rams’ 34-yard line. The drive quickly was brought to a halt though, as Tom Brady’s first pass at Mercedes-Benz Stadium was intercepted by Cory Littleton.
The Patriots QB joined a pretty exclusive group in the process, a fraternity he certainly wishes he didn’t have his name etched into.
For what it’s worth, Jim Kelly’s 1991 Buffalo Bills and Ron Jaworski’s 1980 Philadelphia Eagles both were on the losing end of their respective Super Bowls.
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