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The Los Angeles Rams would have taken a third-quarter lead in Super Bowl LIII if New England Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty didn't race into the end zone and break up a near-touchdown reception by Brandin Cooks.

McCourty showed off his great speed to take away what looked lke a sure touchdown for the Rams, which would have put them ahead 7-3 (assuming the extra point attempt was successful).

Just how fast did he need to run to be in position to break up the play? Find out with the next-gen stats in the tweet below:

Here's a good angle of the play that shows the ground McCourty covered to reach Cooks:

The Rams finished the drive on the Patriots' 35-yard line, where Greg Zuerlein kicked a 53-yard field goal to tie the score. Those were the only points the Rams would tally in their 13-3 loss to the Patriots at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. 

 

The outcome might have been far different if McCourty didn't use his impressive athleticism to take away a touchdown on that play late in the third quarter. 

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