The Patriots' victory was their sixth, tying the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl championships. New England, after finishing the regular season with a 11–5 record, advanced to their 11th Super Bowl appearance, their fourth in five years, and their ninth under the leadership of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. The Rams, who finishing the regular season with a 13–3 record under 30-year-old head coach Sean McVay and second-year quarterback Jared Goff, made their fourth Super Bowl appearance overall, and their first one since moving back from St. Louis to Los Angeles in 2016. Super Bowl LIII thus was a rematch of Super Bowl XXXVI, a 20–17 Patriots win over the Rams that gave the Belichick–Brady head coach–quarterback tandem their first Super Bowl championship. With the Rams now playing in Los Angeles instead of St. Louis, Super Bowl LIII marked the first Super Bowl appearance of a Los Angeles-based team since the Raiders' victory in Super Bowl XVIII, and the 13th meeting in a major sports championship between the Los Angeles and Greater Boston areas.