Ahead of an on-the-field showdown this weekend, the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams are going head to head — on the internet

By Lindsay Kimble
January 29, 2019 12:58 PM
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Ahead of an on-the-field showdown this weekend, the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams are going head to head — on the internet.

According to newly released Twitter data, the Patriots dominated the Rams this season on the social media platform. The Patriots were the fifth most mentioned NFL team on Twitter, while the Rams ranked 15th. (The Pittsburgh Steelers came in first.)

Brady, however, is far and away Twitter’s favorite NFL player — he was mentioned nearly 3 million times during the 2018 season.

Twitter’s other favorite Patriots? Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman. From the Rams, Todd Gurley gets the most mentions, followed by Jared Goff and Aaron Donald.

Tom Brady (left) and Jared Goff
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The Patriots’ official Twitter account also dominates the Rams’, with over 4 million followers to the Los Angeles team’s 821K (and growing).

Twitter also analyzed the top five days over the last five years that the GOAT emoji was used on Twitter — and the Patriots accounted for two of them. Coming in first was the Patriots Super Bowl comeback against Atlanta back in 2017 — and third, was their AFC title win earlier this month (with 161K tweets).

Sunday marks the Patriots’ third consecutive Super Bowl, while the Rams — three years out from their return to Los Angeles — will be entering their first NFL title game in 17 years.

The championship game will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the home of the Atlanta Falcons. It is an indoor venue with a retractable roof that will prevent rain from playing a factor in the game, but will be open if weather permits.