The Los Angeles Rams will be reminded of a bitter memory when they host the visiting New England Patriots in a Week 14 showdown. The matchup between the two teams will serve as a rematch of the Super Bowl LIII tilt that ultimately went the way of the Patriots via a 13-3 decision.
Rams quarterback Jared Goff spoke on their upcoming tilt and doesn't recall having pleasant experiences regarding the championship encounter.
“You know, not very many good ones,” he said when asked if any memories stood out, via the team's official transcript. “I do remember it being extremely memorable in terms of just the experience of the whole week. Then obviously the game didn't go our way, but I think just being there and being able to soak it all in and having that experience, for not only myself, but our team, as far as when we do get a chance to get back there, being able to handle that the way we want to.”
The 2016 top overall pick was haunted by the Patriots' stifling defensive line as he failed to get his team's offense going in the most important game of the season. He only ended up with 229 passing yards on 19-of-38 passes completed and a sack without a touchdown pass recorded.
Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald also looked back to their disappointing loss but showed motivation to do better this time around.
“We lost. So, that's the memory you think when you talk about going to the Super Bowl, getting there and falling short,” he said. “So that's just a loss. I try to not think about the loss. But you know, this is definitely a game that's going to give you a little bit more push just for a little payback.”
The championship victory eventually gave the Patriots franchise its sixth overall title while also restricting the Rams organization to add another trophy to their lone Super Bowl XXXIV title.
With new faces and a fresher mindset this time around, both Jared Goff and Aaron Donald will look to vent ire on their previous tormentors as they aim to maintain possession of the top spot in the NFC West with an 8-4 record.