ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss took to Twitter Monday to reveal the news, tweeting, “The Patriots will wear their white road jerseys in Super Bowl LIII, according to a club official. The team is 3-2 in Super Bowls when they wear white jerseys. As for the Rams, they will apparently be wearing their throwback uniform, which is blue and yellow, according to NFL reporter Reiss.
The Pats wore white uniforms in 2005 when they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX; in 2015, when New England scored a come-from-behind victory over the Seattle Seahawks at Super Bowl XLIX; and in 2017, when the Pats beat the Atlanta Falcons in an epic comeback at Super Bowl LI. Unfortunately, the Pats lost to the Eagles at 2018’s Super Bowl LII, even though they were wearing historically odds-on whites. Back in ’97, white jerseys also failed the team, when the Green Bay Packers beat New England at Super Bowl XXXI.
Meanwhile, the Rams got the first pick for the Super Bowl uniform after defeating the New Orleans Saints in the NFC championship game and opted to rock throwback jerseys.
Fans and athletes have long been superstitious about uniform colors at the Super Bowl. Sports Illustrated notes there’s a good reason why. “In the past 14 Super Bowls, the team in white has won 12 times. Only the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV and Patriots last year have not won the big game in white jerseys. The Broncos wore their white jerseys in Super Bowl 50 after posting a 0–4 record at the Super Bowl in orange jerseys.”
So when Patriots quarterback Tom Brady laces up his slick red Under Armour cleats and takes to the field in his white uniform, he’s got the odds in his favor. But don’t place your bets yet.
The Patriots finished the regular season with an 11-5 record, and the Rams ended with a record of 13-3. The teams will go head-to-head at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. ET on CBS.
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