Ranking 53 Patriots and Rams players most likely to impact Super Bowl LIII


What I’m Hearing: USA TODAY Sports’ Nancy Armour was on hand for Roger Goodell’s state of the NFL address at Super Bowl LIII and breaks down the vibe around Atlanta following the commissioner’s comments.

Like any number of its predecessors, Super Bowl LIII will surely be laden with memorable moments and performances. But beyond the MVP and those who dominate the stat sheet, numerous players will affect the outcome, positively or negatively. Who’s likeliest to make significant impacts? Here are 53 to watch, in order of precedence:

1. Patriots QB Tom Brady: Like you didn’t know. But I wasn’t going to list the only man with four Super Bowl MVP awards and a litany of Super Sunday records anywhere else. Has age “taken a toll” on TB12? Sure, he’s 41. But even if he’s shown signs of slippage, and the Pats didn’t really hit high gear until their run game took off in December, we all know who’s at the controls … and who led New England on its most crucial drive of the season so far — in overtime of the AFC Championship Game. 

2. Rams QB Jared Goff: He doesn’t exactly enter his first Super Bowl on a hot streak, completing just 58.8 percent of his passes and…

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