Super Bowl LVI

Rams win first title in 22 years after comeback over Bengals


Erica Proctor, Staff Writer

Each year in the beginning of February, sports fans gather together and enjoy the all-amazing Super Bowl. The commercials, half-time show, and events surrounding the day make the game enjoyable for everyone, sports fans or not. That’s why it’s the most watched sports event in America. 

The Super Bowl is the annual playoff championship game of the National Football League and has served as the final game of the NFL season since 1966, replacing the NFL Championship Game. It has been traditionally held on the first Sunday in February, however as of this year, the game will take place on the second Sunday in February. The winning team is awarded with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named in honor of NFL coach Vince Lombardi, who led the Green Bay Packers to victories in the first two Super Bowl games. The day of the game is now often referred to as Superbowl Sunday, or Super Sunday. 

According to CBS sports, the Super Bowl has become so big that over 200 countries now televise it and around 100 million people tune in each year to watch it. It is said to be the most watched sporting event in America, over events like the MLB all-star game, the NBA all- star game, and March Madness. 

Parties are a very common occurrence for the game, with food and where fans can come together to watch the game. Wings are one of the many foods consumed on the day, as 1.42 billion of them were sold last superbowl. All ages can watch the Super Bowl, as there is so much more to it than football, but it is most commonly watched by adults and young adults. 

This year, the Super Bowl took place on February 13 and featured the Los Angeles Rams playing the Cincinnati Bengals at Sofi Stadium in Los Angeles, home to the Rams. The Bengals had a 13-7 record this past season and were led by rookie quarterback Joe Burrow. The Bengals had not gone to the Super Bowl since 1988, when they lost to the San Francisco 49ers. Since it’s been such a long time, the team and its fans were ecstatic and hoping to come out with a win. 

The opposing team, the Los Angeles Rams, had a 15-5 record and were led by former Detroit Lions quarterback, Matthew Stafford. The Rams also had the spread on their side as they were favored by 4.5. The Rams will be seeking their second championship win, following their win in 2000. They also made an appearance in the Super Bowl in 2019 and played the New England Patriots, but lost 13-3. 

“I think the Rams will win the game because Matthew Stafford has done well there and I think he deserves a Super Bowl ring,” said a freshman. 

“I think the Rams will win because, since I’m a Lions fan, I think Matthew Stafford was a great quarterback for the Lions and for the Rams, and I think he can lead them to a win,” said sophomore Richard Collins. 

For fans like us that live in Michigan, the Rams have a lot of support coming from Stafford’s old home in Detroit. According to Detroit News, only 5% to 10% of people from the area are rooting for the Bengals. 

“I think the Rams will win because the Bengals offensive line is pretty bad, and with the good defensive line of the Rams, I think the Rams will have the edge,” said a freshman.

Not everyone is rooting for the Rams, however.

“I think the Bengals will win because they haven’t won a Super Bowl in a very long time, and I think as the underdog they can really make an upset,” said a sophomore. 

One of the things that make the Super Bowl so amazing is the famous half-time show, which no other half-time show can compare. Each year, there is a different high-profile entertainer that performs as the show tries to outdo itself from the previous year. The half-time show in this year’s Super Bowl featured rappers Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and Detroit rapper Eminem, along with “Queen of Hip Hop Soul” Mary J. Blige. The show was very entertaining and the talented rappers even threw out some songs for the adult audience as well. It was a performance that everyone could enjoy and the rappers certainly delivered. 

After a long game of lead changes and suspense, the Los Angeles Rams took home the Win and the Lombardi Trophy with a 23-20 victory over the Bengals. After a massive stop by the Rams defense to shut down the Bengals from taking the lead in the last minutes, the Rams took a knee and called it a game. The Most Valuable Player of the game went to Rams wide receiver, Cooper Kupp. Kupp had to step it up after teammate wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr had to leave the game after a knee injury mid game. Kupp most certainly stepped up and finished the game with eight receptions for 92 yards, and two clutch touchdowns. The game was nowhere near a boring one and will most certainly go down in history.