It’s never been so clear: This year’s Super Bowl matchup between the Patriots and Rams is a showdown between the NFL’s past and its future.

Led by 24-year-old quarterback Jared Goff, the Rams and their 21st-century offense will take on 41-year-old Tom Brady and the Patriots, who are in search of a record-tying sixth Super Bowl title.

At 32, Sean McVay of the Rams (15-3) will be the youngest Super Bowl coach. He’ll be going against 66-year-old Bill Belichick, who is taking the Patriots (13-5) to their third straight title game, fourth in the last five years and ninth since 2002.

That streak started against who else? The Rams.

Back then, though, they were in St. Louis. New England came in as a two-touchdown underdog and won 20-17.

The Rams open as a 1-point pick in this one, set for Feb. 3 in Atlanta.

Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald (99) Los Angeles Rams nose tackle Ndamukong Suh (93) and Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) after overtime of the NFL football NFC championship game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald (99) Los Angeles Rams nose tackle Ndamukong Suh (93) and Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) after overtime of the NFL football NFC championship game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass during the second half of the AFC Championship NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass during the second half of the AFC Championship NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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