Although it feels like the 2021 NFL season just began yesterday, there’s only one game left on the league’s schedule: Super Bowl 56.
The NFL’s Conference Championship Round came to an end on Sunday, leaving just two teams to compete for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Joe Burrow will lead the Cincinnati Bengals to Inglewood, California to take on Matthew Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. EST.
The Bengals were trailing the Kansas City Chiefs, 21-3, at one point in the AFC Championship Game before making an improbable comeback. Burrow went 23-for-38 on his passing attempts for 250 yards and a pair of touchdowns to one interception in the game, however, it was rookie kicker Evan McPherson’s heroics that won the game for Cincinnati for the second week in a row. The 22-year-old’s 12th consecutive field goal of the playoffs gave the Bengals the 27-24 overtime win, punching their ticket to Super Bowl 56.
Meanwhile, the NFC Championship Game was also a tight contest for the Rams. They trailed the San Francisco 49ers, 17-7, heading into the fourth quarter. Fortunately for them, the Rams scored 13 unanswered points in the final frame to win the game, 20-17. Cooper Kupp, as usual, led the way with 11 receptions for 142 yards and two touchdowns.
Super Bowl 56 Opening Odds and Prediction: Rams vs Bengals
Odds via BetOnline as of Monday, January 31
- Record: Los Angeles Rams (12-5) vs Cincinnati Bengals (10-7)
- Start time: Sunday, Feb. 13 @ 6:30 p.m. EST
- Location: SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA
- Moneyline: Rams (-194) vs Bengals (+169)
- Spread: Rams -4.0 (-115) vs Bengals +4.0 (-105)
- Total: 49.5 — Over (-110), Under (-110)
- Head-to-Head: The Rams are 4-3 against the Bengals in their last 7 games.
- ESPN Pick: Los Angeles Rams
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Rams vs Bengals General Information and Statistics
Super Bowl 56 will be held at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, where the Rams currently have a home record of 7-3 (including the playoffs). Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. EST and the contest itself can be viewed on NBC and other streaming platforms around the world.
The Rams are currently averaging 27.2 points per game, which is the sixth-best average in the NFL. Meanwhile, the Bengals are averaging 26.6 PPG — tied for the seventh-best average. Defensively, Los Angeles is allowing 21.4 PPG (10th) while Cincinnati is surrendering 21.8 PPG (T-14th).
Rams Super Bowl History
This year marks the Rams’ fifth trip to the Super Bowl. While that is impressive, they have a record of 1-3 in their previous four appearances ahead of Super Bowl 56. Their sole victory came at Super Bowl 34 on Jan. 30, 2000. The Rams — who were located in St. Louis, MO at the time — defeated the Tennessee Titans, 23-16, to claim their first and only franchise title.
Los Angeles’ last Super Bowl appearance came against the New England Patriots at Super Bowl 53. It was a low-scoring affair, resulting in a 13-3 victory for the Patriots. Now that the Rams have returned to the big game, you can bet that they’ll do everything they can to score more than three points at Super Bowl 56.
Bengals Super Bowl History
Super Bowl 56 will be the Bengals’ third time playing in the NFL’s finale. Cincinnati’s previous two appearances came at Super Bowl 16 and 23, both resulting in losses to the San Francisco 49ers.
The Bengals haven’t played for a championship in nearly 35 years, which shows just how monumental their Super Bowl 56 appearance is. Burrow and company may not have as much experience as the Rams, however, winning a championship would be the icing on top of this storybook season.