It is time for the Super Bowl. The biggest season in the history of the league has left us with two teams: the Rams and the Cincinnati. On the surface, the two sides are very different, both realizing their potential and overcoming all odds to reach this point. They will make for must-see TV on the biggest stage in football.
There are 56 things to know about the Super Bowl.
The first time these teams have met in a championship will be in the Super Bowl.
This is the first Super Bowl appearance for the Bengals since 1988, when they lost to the 49ers.
The longest losing streak in the four major North American sports was by the Bengals, who had not won a playoff game since 1990.
This is the third Super Bowl appearance for the Bengals, including this one. Their first two were against the 49ers. They lost to San Francisco by a single score.
The Rams are making their fifth Super Bowl appearance, and their second in the last four years.
In the lowest scoring Super Bowl of all time, Los Angeles last appeared in the big game, when they were defeated by the New England.
The Rams won the Super Bowl in 1999 when they beat theTitans, 23-16, in Super Bowl XXXIV to cap a drastic improvement as the “Greatest Show on Turf.”
This is the first time in Super Bowl history that both teams entered the playoffs as 4 seeds.
Both teams’ quarterbacks are former top picks.
He is finishing his second season. He is looking to become one of the youngest quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl, behind only Ben Roethlisberger, Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady.
He missed the last six games of the season due to a knee injury. He had a torn knee and PCL, as well as a torn meniscus, over a year ago.
This year, he set a single-season franchise record for passing yards, touchdown and passer rating. He was the leader in completion percentage.
Two years later, he is drawing comparisons to Joe Cool, a former Jets Super Bowl champion who was nicknamed “Joe Cool” because of his flashy fashion.
Matthew Stafford is finishing his first season as the Rams’ quarterback. He was with the Lions for 12 years.
During his 12 years in Detroit, Stafford did not win a single playoff game. In his first year with the Rams, he has gone three times in the playoffs.
Stafford set career highs in completion percentage and passing touchdown this year. Tom Brady threw more touchdown passes than anyone else.
One year before he led the Rams over the 49ers in the playoffs, Stafford was traded from the Lions to the Rams in exchange for a first-round pick and a second-round pick. The trade became official in March.
The last time the Rams advanced to the Super Bowl, they had a former No. 1 overall pick as their starting quarterback.
The Rams have acquired several big-name veterans this season. L.A. traded future draft picks for former New England running back SonyMichel and former Broncos Super Bowl champion Von Miller, and signed former Cleveland wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Cooper Kupp, Stafford’s top wide receiver, just finished a historic year for the Rams. His receiving yards rank second all-time behind Michael Thomas and Calvin Johnson.
The all-time record for most scrimmage yards by a receiver was broken by Kupp.
In the Rams’ win over the Packers in the playoffs, Kupp broke Michael Irvin’s 25-year-old record for most 100-yard games in a season.
Ja’Marr Chase was drafted fifth overall by the Cincinnati Reds in the 21st century. The rookies set a franchise record with 1,455 yards on the season, the fourth-most in the league.
Chase ranked second in the NFL in yards per catch, behind only the 49ers’ Deebo Samuel. His 13 touchdown passes were third in the league.
The only other team with more than one player in the top 800 receiving yards was the Bengals, with three different players in the top 800.
The Rams’ No. 2 receiver, Odell Beckham Jr., spent the first six games of the season on the Browns. He was released by Cleveland due to a diminished role in its offense and controversy surrounding Baker Mayfield.
Sean McVay wants to become the youngest head coach to win the Super Bowl when the Rams play the Atlanta Falcons. Mike Tomlin is the only coach to have won Super Bowl at 36.
The youngest pair of Super Bowl head coaches in the game’s history are McVay and Taylor.
Taylor worked for McVay as an assistant wide receiver coach and quarterbacks coach before becoming the team’s head coach.
Taylor was a former quarterback at Nebraska who went to the Canadian Football League and briefly worked for the Buccaneers before becoming a coach.
Marvin Lewis, who led seven playoff runs in 16 years but never won a game, was replaced by Taylor, who went 6-25-1 in his first two seasons. The most drastic two-season change for a Super Bowl team is the march to the Super Bowl by the Cincy team.
In his five years on the job, McVay has led four playoff appearances for the Rams. His career winning percentage is 10th all-time, behind greats like Bill Belichick, Don Shula and Tony Dungy.
The Rams will play the Super Bowl on their own turf in California.
The Rams will look to become the second team to win it all in their own stadium when they play at SoFi Stadium. No team had ever done it before the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl in 2020.
The Rams are favored to win by four points.
All but one of the six playoff games have been decided by three points or less.
Both the Rams and the Bengals finished in the top 10 in passing offenses. L.A. and Cincy were ranked in the top seven.
Both teams had bottom-half defenses, with the Rams ranking 17th and the Bengals 18th.
The L.A. has two of the game’s top defensive players at their respective positions, with both of them being at their respective positions. Both of them have 13 Pro Bowls, 10 All-Pro honors, and three Defensive Player of the Year awards.
The Rams regime’s first big-name acquisition was Ramsey, who joined the team via trade from the Jags in exchange for three draft picks, including two first-rounders.
The Rams are playing in the Super Bowl for the first time. Their last Super Bowl win was in 1999 when they were called the St. Louis Rams.
The Los Angeles Rams won two titles before the Super Bowl era, first as the Cleveland Rams in 1945 and then as the Los Angeles Rams in 1951.
Von Miller won Super Bowl 50 as a member of the Broncos, and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. He has seven sacks since arriving via trade in November.
Joe Mixon was one of the few featured backs in the NFL in 2021, finishing third in rushing yards (1,206), fourth in touchdown (13), and fifth in first-down runs (60).
Cincinnati has another outstanding player in the form of Trey Hendrickson. After four years with the Saints, he signed a lucrative deal in free agency and racked up 14 sacks.
The rookies have helped power the playoffs. After setting a team record for most 50-yard field goals in a season, he’s gone a perfect 16-for-16 on playoff kicks.
The Rams upset the defending champion Buccaneers in the second round of the playoffs and then beat Tom Brady in his final game.
The Rams beat the 49ers in the playoffs for the first time in six years.
The Bengals upset the top-seededTitans in Tennessee to advance to the playoffs.
The Kansas City-based Chiefs had been to the last two Super Bowls, but they were defeated by the Cincinnati-based Bengals in Kansas City.
Hip-hop artists will perform at the halftime show.
Country singer Mickey Guyton will perform the national anthem, while R&B singer Jhené Aiko will perform “America the Beautiful” prior to the game.
The game will be broadcast by NBC. The time is at Feb. 13. On fuboTV, streaming is also available.
NBC’s broadcast team for the game includes Al Michaels (play-by-play), Terry McAulay (rules analyst), and others.
The Rams will not be the official home team for Super Bowl LVI due to the NFL alternating the designation between conferences each year. They will use the Rams’ typical locker room during the game.
The Rams will call the coin toss before the start of the game. The home team will choose which uniforms they wear in the big game.