Super Bowl 56 is a battle between the expected and the unexpected between the Rams and the Bengals.
With the Rams on edge with the 49ers in the NFC championship game, Los Angeles made good on their prey for Matthew Stafford and are back in the Super Bowl for the second time in four years.
The Rams’ performance in the Super Bowl is not so surprising, but what happened in the AFC was. For the first time in over three decades, the Cincinnati Bengals are tied for the Super Bowl, thanks in large part to Joe Burrow.
Whether it’s “Joey Franchise”, “Joe Shiesty”, “Joe Brrr” or just “Joey B”, Cincinnati fans can call him one thing in common: AFC champion. Burrow and the Bengals staged an absolutely fantastic comeback vs. Chiefs to beat their ticket to Super Bowl 56.
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The Super Bowl 56 matchup marks one of the few encounters between the No. 1 overall pick. Stafford was the number one overall among Lions in 2008 and will have his first Super Bowl appearance in 2022. Burrow had a much shorter waiting time as he appeared in the Super Bowl after being selected as No. 1 overall in 2020.
Here’s what you need to know about Super Bowl 56:
Who is in the Super Bowl 2022?
- Cincinnati Bengals Vs. Los Angeles Rams
The Bengals and Rams meet for the first time in the Super Bowl.
The Rams play their fifth Super Bowl appearance since the merger, while the Bengals return to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 1980s and Boomer Esiason-led teams.
When and where is Super Bowl 56?
- Date: Sunday, Feb. 13
- Kickoff time: 18:30 ET (unofficial)
- TV network: NBC
- Location: SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles, Cal.
Super Bowl 56 takes place at SoFi Stadium, marking the second season in a row that a team in the Super Bowl has something of a home court advantage.
SoFi Stadium is the home of the Rams, so expect them to have something of a home court advantage – even the NFC championship game.
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Super Bowl 56 odds, line, spread
- Opening notice: Rams -3.5
- Moneyline: Aries -200 / Bengals +162
- Over under: 50
The Rams opened as small favorites over the Bengals per FanDuel, as 3.5-point favorites.
Both teams have powerful offenses, so the 50s makes sense – and it’s a very tempting, difficult bet to find both ways.
How many times have the Bengals been to the Super Bowl?
The Bengals have been to the Super Bowl two other times: I 1981 and 1988, and has no Super Bowl wins.
Ken Anderson was the QB for the ’81 team: the Bengals faced the 49ers in the Super Bowl, losing 26-21.
Boomer Esiason was at the center of the 1988 squad. In Super Bowl 23, Joe Montana and San Francisco once again beat the Bengals 20-16.
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How many times have the Rams been to the Super Bowl?
Rams have been around fire Super Bowls before 2022, last appeared in a Super Bowl in 2019 to face the Patriots.
They are looking for their first Super Bowl victory since 2000, when Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk and “The Greatest Show on Turf” beat the Tennessee Titans out in Super Bowl 34, 23-16.
They have also appeared in the Super Bowl in 1980, 2000, 2002 and 2019.