Who is playing in Super Bowl 2019: Starters, key players to know for New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Rams

Los Angeles and Boston have plenty of experience fighting over pro sports championships. That includes the 2018 World Series, when the Red Sox managed to beat the Dodgers to win their latest title. But this year, for the first time, those two cities will compete for a Super Bowl championship. In order to get here, both teams delivered dramatic wins in the previous round to make it to Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.

The conference title games were historic, as both went overtime, and the two teams left standing are the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII. On one side, we’ve got new-school stars from the West Coast — hotshot coach Sean McVay, California quarterback Jared Goff and possibly the NFL’s best running back Todd Gurley. On the other, we’ve got old-school champs from the East Coast — everyone’s favorite villains in Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, who have conquered Father Time over and over again to secure their ninth career Super Bowl appearance.

From Gladys Knight’s anthem to who will score first to Maroon 5 to the Super Bowl MVP, get everything you need to make the right picks for Sunday in our Ultimate Super Bowl Props guide.   

Super Bowl LIII is Sunday, Feb. 3, in Atlanta and it will air on CBS and streamed here on CBSSports.com and the CBS Sports App for free on most connected devices. As we prepare for this year’s fight for the Lombardi Trophy, here’s a rundown of each team’s rosters, starters and key players:

At the center of the offense for much of an MVP-caliber season, Todd Gurley was curiously limited in the Rams’ NFC Championship win over the Saints, taking just four carries and spending almost the entire third quarter on the sideline. That was despite a 115-yard outing in the Divisional Round. Even so, quarterback Jared Goff probably remains the most vital to Sean McVay’s offense, overcoming a shaky start to lead L.A. back in the Superdome and outplay Drew Brees down the stretch.

In addition to Goff and Gurley, here’s the rest of the Rams’ starting lineup on both sides of the ball, as well as key backups and other players who have seen action in the postseason:

Offensive starters

QB: Jared GoffRB: Todd GurleyWR: Brandin CooksWR: Robert WoodsWR: Josh ReynoldsTE: Tyler HigbeeLT: Andrew WhitworthLG: Rodger SaffoldC: John SullivanRG: Austin BlytheRT: Rob Havenstein

Defensive starters

LE: Michael BrockersNT: Ndamukong SuhRE: Aaron DonaldOLB: Samson EbukamILB: Mark BarronILB: Cory LittletonCB: Marcus PetersCB: Aqib TalibCB: Nickell Robey-ColemanFS: Lamarcus JoynerSS: John Johnson III

Specialists

K: Greg ZuerleinP: Johnny HekkerKR: JoJo NatsonPR: JoJo Natson

Key offensive reserves

QB: Sean MannionRB: C.J. AndersonTE: Gerald EverettOL: Joseph Noteboom, Brian Allen

Key defensive reserves

DE: John Franklin-Myers, Tanzel SmartDT: Ethan Westbrooks, Sebastian Joseph-DayLB: Dante Fowler Jr., Ramik Wilson, Matt LongacreCB: Sam Shields

There’s no one more famous — or polarizing — than the Patriots’ signal-caller, Tom Brady. Controversies have kept the Patriots’ critics alive for years, but that hasn’t stopped the 41-year-old all-star from racking up title after title. Going for ring No. 6 after a runner-up finish against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII, Brady has already rewritten the record books and enters this year’s culminating showcase with a familiar supporting cast — one that’s starred Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski for years.

Here’s the rest of the Patriots’ starting lineup on both sides of the ball, as well as key backups and other players who have seen action in the postseason:

Offensive starters

QB: Tom BradyRB: Sony MichelWR: Julian EdelmanWR: Chris HoganWR: Phillip DorsettTE: Rob GronkowskiLT: Trent BrownLG: Joe ThuneyC: David AndrewsRG: Shaq MasonRT: Marcus Cannon

Defensive starters

LE: Trey FlowersDT: Lawrence GuyDT: Malcom BrownRE: Deatrich Wise Jr.OLB: Kyle Van NoyMLB: Elandon RobertsOLB: Dont’a HightowerCB: Jason McCourtyCB: Stephon GilmoreFS: Devin McCourtySS: Patrick Chung

Specialists

K: Stephen GostkowskiP: Ryan AllenKR: Cordarrelle PattersonPR: Julian Edelman

Key offensive reserves

QB: Brian HoyerRB: James White, Rex Burkhead, James DevelinWR: Cordarrelle Patterson, Matthew SlaterTE: Dwayne AllenOL: LaAdrian Waddle, Ted Karras

Key defensive reserves

DE: Adrian Clayborn, Keionta DavisDT: Danny SheltonLB: Brandon King, John Simon, Nicholas GrigsbyCB: Jonathan Jones, J.C. JacksonS: Duron Harmon

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