Shortly after the conclusion of the NFL’s Championship Sunday, the Los Angeles Rams — winners of the NFC after defeating the New Orleans Saints in overtime — announced that they will wear their blue and yellow throwback uniforms for Super Bowl 53. As the designated home team for the game, the Rams were allowed to pick their uniforms and they are going with one of the best-looking outfits in all of football.
This leaves the choices for the New England Patriots, who beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC title game, rather limited: as the visitors they will wear their standard road whites. While throwbacks would have been an intriguing choice, the NFL’s current set of rules prohibits teams from using alternate jerseys if they also need to change helmets — something the Patriots would have to do to use their Pat Patriot outfits.
Despite that, New England’s combination of white jerseys and navy pants is still among the NFL’s best looks — and certainly its most successful as the Patriots have worn their road outfits in three of their Super Bowl wins. The team won Super Bowls 39, 49 and 51 while wearing white. However, the team also lost in Super Bowls 31 and most recently 52 (after picking white despite being the designated home team).
Let’s take a look at how the Patriots performed on the game’s biggest stage in different jersey colors:
White: 3-2 (W: SB 39, SB 49, SB 51; L: SB 31, SB 52)
Blue: 2-2 (W: SB 36, SB 38; L: SB 42, SB 46)
Red: 0-1 (L: SB 20)
The last time the Patriots and Rams met in the Super Bowl — Super Bowl 36 after the 2001 season — New England wore its home outfit of navy jerseys and silver pants, while the Rams wore white.