Super Bowl LVI: Quick Facts
Super Bowl Sunday is near us! Time to prepare those snacks, put together the rest of your party plans, and prepare yourself for the event of the season.
Super Bowl LVI features the Los Angeles Rams taking on the Cincinnati Bengals and will take place at the Rams home stadium, SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California on Sunday, February 13 at 6:30 p.m. ET.
The NFL tries to avoid any team having home field advantage by rotating the location of the Super Bowl each year, but that failed both last year (the Buccaneers won at their home stadium in Tampa Bay) and this year. Though the Rams will be playing at their own stadium, they are actually going to be considered the away team, which is just how it worked out.
What to know about Super Bowl LVI:
The Bengals won the AFC North for the first time since 2015 and were the no.4 seed in the AFC to end their 10-7 season. To get to the Super Bowl, they beat the Raiders 26-19 in the Wild Card round, then the Titans 19-16 in the Divisional, and finally the Chiefs 27-24 in the Conference Finals. The Bengals have reached the Super Bowl twice in history (1982 and 1989), but have never won.
Similarly, the Rams won the NFC West and were the no.4 seed in the NFC. They went 12-5 in the regular season. To make it all the way to the Super Bowl, they first defeated the Cardinals 34-11 in the Wild Card, then the defending Super Bowl champions, the Buccaneers 30-27 in the Divisional Round, and then finally the San Francisco 49ers, 20-17 in the Conference Final. The Rams have been to the Super Bowl four times in the past with one win (2000) and three losses (1980, 2002, and 2019).
The National Anthem
The national anthem will be sung by American country music artist and Grammy nominee (best country album) Mickey Guyton. The NFL plans to honor the 75th anniversary of the Air Force with a flyover during the anthem.
This year, we will see a full stadium of about 70,000 fans at SoFi, unlike last year when Raymond James Stadium was only about 30 percent full due to Covid-19. The fans in attendance will have to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test and masks will be required.
This is an extremely exciting time for people my age (31) because we grew up with the artists performing at this year’s Super Bowl. Dr.Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, and Mary J. Blige will be gracing us with their presence and blessing us with their shows. That is a lot of Grammies!