This will be a week of hearing about Sean McVay and Tom Brady and Sean McVay and Bill Belichick and, if there’s time, Sean McVay. But before we get to all of that, we should take a look at how we ended up with the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots facing off in Super Bowl LIII. There were twists and turns during the playoffs. There were mistakes, there were penalties, there were upsets, and there was a whole lot of fun.

After three years of injury, disappointment and frustration, it would have been easy to give up on Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. At 29 — and finally healthy — he marched his plucky young team into Houston and crushed the A.F.C. South champions. Luck made it look easy, and in sharp contrast to the last few years, he made it look fun.