Tonight is Super Bowl 53 where the New England Patriots face the Los Angeles Rams for the NFL championship, and the Houston Texans are familiar with both teams.
For fans of the Houston Texans, they are very familiar with the AFC Champion New England Patriots. The Texans have faced the Patriots 11 times in franchise history, but have come out on the losing side in 10 of those games. Houston’s lone win against the Patriots came on Jan. 3, 2010 by a 34-27 score.
Since that lone win, the Texans have lost eight straight games to Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots, including this season when the 2018 season opener went to the Patriots by a 27-20 score.
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This season in the loss to New England, the Texans scored two second half touchdowns after being held to six points in the first half. The game also saw Brady throw three touchdown passes and one interception.
Houston will get another chance to gain their second win against New England, as they are scheduled to face the Patriots for a fifth straight regular season game in 2019.
Houston has faced the Rams on four occasions since entering the NFL, with their first meeting coming back in 2005. Their most recent game was in 2017 as the Texans have a 1-3 record over the Rams in their history.
The Texans have lost their past two games against the Rams, most recently on Nov. 12, 2017 by a 33-7 score. That was a game where Rams quarterback Jared Goff was 25-of-37 for 355 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Goff was also sacked three times in that game.
Also in their meeting against the Rams during the’17 season, the Texans saw Todd Gurley rush 11 times for 68 yards and catch six passes for 68 yards.
The Texans have played not so well against both teams facing each other in Super Bowl 53. Houston is still working to reach the point of playing in the biggest game of the season as they are one of just a handful of teams who have not qualified to play in the Super Bowl.
As for tonight, who will win Super Bowl 53? This prediction is: Rams 31, Patriots 28.