Rams coach Sean McVay still hurt by Super Bowl loss ahead of Patriots rematch

Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay has admitted he can’t forget the painful Super Bowl loss to New England Patriots.

The Patriots lifted the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the sixth time as they beat the Rams 13-3 in 2019.

The two teams meet again on Thursday night with the Rams having had the better season of the two.

McVay’s team are 8-4 for the season while the Patriots are in a battle to even reach the playoffs as they sit 6-6.

And while McVay wants to banish that loss to the back of his mind, he can’t help but think back to Super Bowl 53.

"Yeah, it's definitely something that is a big memory," McVay said. "You try to be able to move on.

“It was a very humbling night for myself, but you can't dwell on it. It's about how you move forward, how you transition. But that's the biggest game I've ever been a part of as a coach.

“I didn't think that I did nearly a good enough job for our football team to give us a chance to be crowned world champs, but that really doesn't have anything to do with how you move forward into the next season or now, two years removed from that.

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"It was something that didn't go according to plan. A lot of things that I know that I've tried to use to be able to learn and move forward from.

“But what I think the most important thing you can apply is that there is a lot of continuity on their coaching staff.

“Same thing with ours, and you'll always look at that, because that was the last time that we played them."

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Though it’s a different story for Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

He said: “We’re focused on what we have now and not get worked up too much about what happened a couple years ago.

“It just really doesn’t matter too much right now. There’s a few things we can look at, but I mean overall, I’d say there’s quite a few different players.”

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