The New England Patriots want to put Super Bowl LIII on Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff's shoulders, according to the NFL Network's Mike Giardi.
— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) February 3, 2019
"Publicly, Patriots players rave about [Goff], say he can make all the throws," Giardi said. "Privately, however, they want to put this game on Goff. One player telling me, 'If we show them some of the looks we've seen so far to some of these other quarterbacks, something [Goff] hasn't seen before, we believe he'll [expletive] in his pants. And all it takes is one or two of those moments, according to this player. 'With Tom on our side, that will be enough to get the job done.'"
That unknown player's belief in New England's defense comes in a postseason that's seen them frustrate Philip Rivers and Patrick Mahomes III at different points, and with the Super Bowl LIII crowd expected to heavily be on New England's side, with Patriots fans outnumbering Rams fans around Atlanta throughout the week.
Scott Hanson did a "sound check" for Patriots and Rams fans, which aired inside the stadium. No surprise at this point, overwhelmingly more Patriots fans. It's going to be an even louder version of Gillette Stadium when the Rams have the ball.
— Matt Dolloff (@mattdolloff) February 3, 2019
The 24-year-old Goff, meanwhile, comes into tonight's Super Bowl having completed 40-of-68 passes for 483 yards with one touchdown and one interception.