By Evan Bleier / January 22, 2019

No One Outside of LA and New England Wants to See This Super Bowl

Contentious calls in the championship games have left a bad taste in the mouths of many fans.

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 04:  Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams throws a pass during the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 4, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 04: Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams throws a pass during the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 4, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Following a missed penalty in one conference championship game and a slew of questionable ones in the other, the Patriots and Rams will meet in the Super Bowl for the first time since 2002.

And, while it’s a tantalizing match-up both because of the teams themselves and the historical context of the game, it’s a confrontation no one outside of LA and New England wants to see.

The Patriots have gone to three in a row and played in four of the last five. And, while they’ve only gone 2-1, no one outside of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and parts of Connecticut wants to see the Pats play on February 3 in Atlanta.

New England was able to advance against Kansas City partially thanks to an offsides call that, while correct, negated a huge interception that would have won the game for the Chiefs.

And the way Los Angeles advanced to the Super Bowl is even worse.

With the scored tied at 20, Rams corner Nickell Robey-Coleman leveled Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis on a third-and-10 play on the LA 13 with 1:49 left in the fourth quarter. But, there was no call and the course of the game was changed and New Orleans went on to lose in overtime.

Sure, it is isn’t actually the Rams fault that they got the call and the Saints still could have won the game, but the non-call did taint the win.

And, it will cast a shadow on the Super Bowl … but no one in LA or New England will care. Too bad for everyone else.

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