The wait is finally over as the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams face each other in Super Bowl LVI. The finale to the NFL season will be a thriller. Super Bowl LVI Cincinnati Bengals vs. Los Angeles Rams.
The Cincinnati Bengals and L.A. Rams will clash in Super Bowl LVI to see which team will take home the crown as champion of the NFL in 2022.
The Rams are designated as the visiting team in this game, although it will be played in their home stadium. Whether or not Cincinnati has the actual home-field advantage will depend on if enough Bengals fans show up to take over SoFi Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
This will be the Rams’ fifth appearance in the championship game, with their only win in 2000 when they beat the Tennessee Titans 23-16. Their last appearance was three years ago against the New England Patriots, which they lost 13-3. Cincinnati is playing in the game for the third time, with its last appearance being in 1989 when they lost to the San Francisco 49ers 20-16.
The Bengals are one of only four teams to make the Super Bowl two times or more without a victory. It’s been a long 33-year wait for the fans to see their team on the verge of a championship again, and they’re hoping this time to make it a reality.
NFL Comeback Player of the Year Joe Burrow also has a chance to become only the third player to win both an NCAA National Championship and a Super Bowl victory, joining his namesakes Joe Montana and Joe Namath on that list.
The Bengals are coming off an impressive string of victories to advance to this game, beating the two top seeds in the conference, the Tennessee Titans and the Kansas City Chiefs, each by a game-winning field goal. They also defeated the Las Vegas Raiders in the WIldcard round 26-19.
This is the second season in a row that the NFC representative in the Super Bowl has played the game on their home field, and the Rams are hoping to repeat what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did last season.
Matthew Stafford, who was traded from the Lions in the offseason, has a chance to get his first ring after not having any playoff victories on his resume until this postseason. After 12 seasons in Detroit, he has finally had a chance to play for a team that has more talent than just himself and has an opportunity to take home the hardware today.
The Rams were the number four seed in the NFC to start the postseason and had to get past the number-two seed Buccaneers on a game-winning field goal to win the Divisional playoff.
They then had to beat a team it had lost to six straight times, the San Francisco 49ers, in the NFC Championship to have a chance for their second Super Bowl victory.
The Bengals come into this matchup 7-0 against the spread in their last seven games. For them, the total has gone under in four of their previous five games.
The Rams are 6-3 against the spread in their last nine games and 1-5 against the spread in their last six games against opponents in the AFC.
The Rams are the slight favorites coming into this matchup in which playing at home should be a definite advantage. However, the Bengals need to keep the game close if they hope to get their third upset-win in a row on the road.