History of Super Bowl rematchesBesides the upcoming Patriots vs. Rams showdown, there have been seven other Super Bowl rematches in NFL history. The Cowboys and Steelers are the only teams to have played head-to-head three times in the Super Bowl. Pittsburgh won the first two matchups before Dallas got its revenge in 1996.How often have the winners of the first game also won the rematch? It’s a close to even split, with the previous winner taking the rematch four of seven times. The Patriots rematch with the Eagles in the 2018 Super Bowl produced a different result than the original.In fact, the Patriots are 0-2 in their Super Bowl rematches — an encouraging trend for Rams fans.MatchupTimesYearsSteelers vs. Cowboys31975, 1978, 1995Redskins vs. Dolphins21972, 198249ers vs. Bengals21981, 1988Cowboys vs. Bills21992, 1993Patriots vs. Giants22007, 2011Patriots vs. Eagles22005, 2018Patriots vs. Rams22002, 2019Super Bowl resultsSuper BowlResultYearMVPVIIDolphins 14, Redskins 71973Jake ScottXSteelers 21, Cowboys 171976Lynn SwannXIIISteelers 35, Cowboys 311979Terry BradshawXVI49ers 26, Bengals 211982Joe MontanaXVIIRedskins 27, Dolphins 171983John RigginsXXIII49ers 20, Bengals 161989Jerry RiceXXVIICowboys 52, Bills 171993Troy AikmanXXVIIICowboys 30, Bills 131994Emmitt SmithXXXCowboys 27, Steelers 171996Larry BrownXXXVIPatriots 20, Rams 172002Tom BradyXXXIXPatriots 24, Eagles 212005Deion BranchXLIIGiants 17, Patriots 142008Eli ManningXLVIGiants 21, Patriots 172012Eli ManningLIIEagles 41, Patriots 332018Nick FolesLIIIPatriots vs. Rams2019TBD Super Bowl 53 won’t be the first rodeo for the Patriots and Rams.The two squared off in a Super Bowl once before, 17 years ago in Super Bowl 36. The only player from either team who will play in both the 2002 and 2019 games is a certain Patriots quarterback. And New England’s 20-17 win back then — its first championship — ignited a dynasty that still lives today. Many aspects have changed over time, including the Rams moving from the Midwest to the West Coast, but if Super Bowl 53 is anything like the original matchup between the teams, there will be no shortage of drama and excitement.LOVE, HATE & PLENTY OF -GATESThe many twists of the Patriots’ dynasty timelineWhen was the first Patriots vs. Rams Super Bowl?The first Super Bowl matchup between the 2019 participants came in 2002. Adam Vinatieri made the game-winning field goal as time expired to give the Patriots a 20-17 win and sparked the beginning of New England’s dynasty in the process.