This year, the AFC champion, the Cincinnati Bengals, and the NFC champion, the Los Angeles Rams, will face off tonight in the 56th version of the NFL Super Bowl to determine which of the two teams will have the honor of lifting the Lombardi Trophy and being declared the NFL champion for the 2021-2022 season. This year’s Super Bowl will also mark only the second time in NFL Super Bowl history that one of the two participants will play in their stadium. The first time was last year’s Super Bowl in Tampa, Florida, won by the “home team,” the Tampa Bay Buccaneer. With the team playing in their home stadium, will the Rams be able to make it two-on-two or will the Bengals leave LA with another upset victory, cementing in NFL lore the incredible history the team has been in what is just starting quarterback Joe Burrows second season at the NFL level?
The Rams enter the game as favorites by more than one field goal. That shouldn’t necessarily worry Cincinnati fans as they entered the divisional round of the playoffs as a four-point underdog to the Tennessee Titans before claiming an upset 19-16 win at Tennessee. Next, the Bengals are expected to travel to Kansas City to take on defending AFC champion Kansas City Cheifs, who was an even more intimidating favorite at home. Cinci took the upset victory again, beating the Chiefs 27-24 to earn their spot in today’s NFL Championship Game. By the way, both teams come to the Super Bowl having been the fourth seed in their conference, proving home-field advantage isn’t everything in today’s new NFL.
So who did you win in this year’s game and why? Also, who are you rooting for or perhaps more specifically against, and why?
Super Bowl LVI
Los Angeles Rams 12-5 1st NFC West Vs. Cincinnati Bengals 10-7 1st AFC North
- When: Sunday, February 13, 2022
- Time: Coverage begins at 6:00 p.m. EST; Kick off 6:30 p.m. EST
- Or: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California
- TV: NBC
- TV Broadcast Crew: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya, Kathryn Tappen, Terry McAulay
- Live video: peacock; Fubo TV; Yahoo Mobile Sports app; NFL Game Pass (Will be available after the game’s live conclusion)
- Radio: WestwoodOne; NFL Game Pass
- Satellite Radio: Sirius Channels: 88 (domestic); 82 (rams); 85 (Bengal); XM channels: 88 (domestic); 226 (rams); 225 (Bengals)
- Radio Broadcast Team: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Gee Steratore, Laura Okmin, Mike Golic
- Odds: Los Angeles Rams -4
- More less : 48.5
- Game time : Sunny, 80°F degrees (SoFi Stadium is covered by a canopy with open sides over the stadium)
- Injury report: TE Tyler Higbee – knee (rams); OL Joseph Noteboom – trunk (Rams)
- Doubtful injury report: TE CJ Uzomah – knee (Bengals)
- Super Bowl LVI Officials: Referee Ron Torbert (1st SB); Referee Bryan Neale (1st SB); Down Judge Derick Bowers (2nd SB)’ Line Judge Carl Johnson (3rd SB); Field Judge Rick Patterson (3rd SB); Side Judge Keith Washington (1st SB); Back judge: Scott Helverson (3rd SB); Official Replay Roddy Ames (1st SB)
- Rams Vs. Bengals All-Time Record: Bengals lead 8-6
- Last meeting: 2019 Week 8: The Rams won 24-10 at Wembley Stadium, London
- Coaches records against today’s opponent: Sean McVay of the Rams 1-0 against the Bengals; Zac Taylor of the Bengals 0-1 against the Rams
- Rams playoff history: 25-27 all-time record; 1-3 in the Super Bowls; Super Bowl XXXIV Champions (1999); NFL Champions 1945, 1951
- Bengals playoff history: 8-14 all-time record; 0-2 in the Super Bowl
- Offensive ranking of teams: Rams 372.1 yards per game (9th); 27.1 points per game (7th – tied); Bengals 361.5 yards per game (13th); 27.1 points per game (7th – tied)
- Defensive ranking of the teams: Rams 344.9 yards per game allowed (17th); 21.9 points per game allowed (15th); Bengals 350.8 yards per game (18th); 22.1 points allowed per game (17th)
- Common 2021 Bengals Rams opponents: Baltimore Ravens: Rams win; Bengals two losses; Chicago Bears: Rams win; loss of Bengals; Detroit Lions: Rams win; Bengals win; Green Bay Packers: Loss of rams; loss of Bengals; Jacksonville Jaguars: Rams win; Bengals win; Minnesota Vikings: Rams win; Bengals win; San Francisco 49ers: Rams two losses; Bengals defeat
- SoFi Stadium Capacity: 70,240 (expandable to 100,204)
- Cost of Super Bowl commercials 2022: $6.5 million for 30 seconds ($5.5 million last year)
- National anthem singer: mickey guyton
- Half-time performers: Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar
- SBNation Los Angeles Rams: Lawn Show Times
- Twitter of lawn show schedules: @TurfShowTimes
- SBNation Cincinnati Bengals: Cincy Jungle
- Cincy Jungle Twitter: @CincyJungle
Additional Notes on the Super Bowl-
- Super Bowl LVI will mark the first time since playoff seeding began in 1975 that the game will feature neither the top-seeded team nor the second seed from either conference.
- Super Bowl LVI will mark the first time both teams have been ranked 4th or lower. Both teams were the 4th seed in their respective conferences.
- The Bengals became the first team in Super Bowl history to win every one of their playoff games that year (Wildcard, Divisional, Conference Championship) but one touchdown or less.
- Besides being only the second team to play a Super Bowl at their home stadium, the Rams are also the fifth team to play a Super Bowl in their home country and the only team to do so twice. Previous- Oakland Raiders-Super Bowl XXXVII, Los Angeles Rams-Super Bowl XIV, San Francisco 49ers-Super Bowl XIX, & Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Super Bowl LV
- Super Bowl LVI will mark the first where both head coaches are under 40. Rams’ Sean McVay is 36 years and 20 days old today; Bengals’ Zac Taylor is 38 years and 279 days old today
- The Bengals will become the third team since the 2003 season to go from “worst to first in their division and then qualify for the Super Bowl.” Previously, the Philadelphia Eagles did so in 2017 and the New Orleans Saints in 2009.
- The Bengals are the 4th team (and the only one to do so twice) in Super Bowl history to qualify for the Super Bowl after a season where they recorded four or few wins the previous season. Previous teams to do so were the San Francisco 49ers in 2019, the St Louis Rams in 1999 and the Cincinnati Bengals in 1988.