The Los Angeles Rams have had some great players throughout their existence, but only one quarterback in franchise history has delivered a Super Bowl championship.
Kurt Warner orchestrated the “Greatest Show on Turf” to a 23-16 win over the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV. He was named the Super Bowl MVP, passing for 414 yards and two touchdowns.
Warner got back to the Super Bowl two years later but lost to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots 20-17 in 2002.
Then he made it to a third Super Bowl in 2009 while with the Arizona Cardinals. Warner’s team lost Super Bowl XLIII to the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-23, but he was spectacular, throwing for 377 yards and three touchdowns with a quarterback rating of 112.3.
In other words, the Hall of Famer has been there and done that. And as someone who knows what it takes, Warner had some words of advice for current Rams quarterback Jared Goff as he gets ready to face Bill Belichick and the Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday.
“I think the one thing I would tell him is that you have to realize this game is like every other game when you get between the lines,” Warner said Tuesday on “The Dan Patrick Show.” “There’s ebbs and flows of every game.”
Warner said it’s critical for a young quarterback like Goff to not lose his cool if things aren’t going well.
“I look back to my three Super Bowls. The first one, we were ahead 16-0. It was tied 16-16 in the fourth quarter,” he said. “Just talked about the one in 2001, we were down 17-3, tied up at 17-17 with two minutes to go. And then the one against Pittsburgh later, we were down 10 at halftime, took the lead with two-and-a-half minutes to go in the game.
“Every game, even big games like this with high stakes, they have their ebbs and flows. Momentum shifts very quickly, and that’s what I would tell him. You’ve got to ride the waves of the Super Bowl, no matter which way it goes. You might jump up early, you’ve got to be able to sustain that. You might fall down early, similar to what they (the Rams) did in New Orleans (in the NFC championship game). You’ve got to ride that wave.
“Even though it’s the biggest game of your life, even though Tom Brady is on the other sideline and there’s a lot of pressure in that moment, you’ve got to allow the game to come to you. The guys that don’t do that are the ones that get blown out in Super Bowls. The guys that do that are the guys that have a chance to win late in games.”
This will be the ninth Super Bowl appearance for the Patriots under Belichick and Brady, and every one of them has been close.
Their first three wins over the Rams, Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers were each decided by three points. Their next two losses to the New York Giants were decided by three and four points.
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Their last three were a four-point win over the Seattle Seahawks, a six-point win in overtime over the Atlanta Falcons and an eight-point loss to the Eagles last year.
As the Pats are currently a 2.5-point favorite, it’s hard to imagine that this one will be anything other than close.
We’ll have to wait and see whether Goff will heed Warner’s advice during Sunday’s ebbs and flows.
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