Super Bowl Sunday is finally upon us and a new champion of the National Football League will be crowned when the 12-5 Los Angeles Rams and the 10-7 Cincinnati Bengals clash on the gridiron in Super Bowl LVI. SoFi Stadium outside of Los Angeles, California will host the season finale of the 2021-2022 NFL Season. This will be the second year in a row where a team is playing the Big Game at their home stadium after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did it last season, which was the first time it had ever occurred.
After beating their division rival San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, the Rams are playing in their 5th Super Bowl, the first since 2018. The Rams are 1-3 in the Big Game, and haven’t won since the Greatest Show on Turf defeated the Tennesee Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV back in 1999. This year, the team went all-in by trading draft capital for veterans Matthew Stafford, and Von Miller, while signing former 2-time All-Pro WR Odell Beckham Jr. off waivers. As the 4-seed in the NFC, the Rams are looking to become the first 4-seed to win the Super Bowl since the 2012 Baltimore Ravens.
The Bengals are also looking to become the first 4-seed to win the Super Bowl since their AFC North rivals did it in 2012. After upsetting the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game, the Bengals are returning to their first Super Bowl since 1988. The franchise hasn’t earned their stripes when it comes to NFL championships, as they lost both of their Super Bowl appearances (1981 and 1988) to the San Francisco 49ers. Led by second-year phenom QB Joe Burrow and rookie standout WR Ja’Marr Chase, the Bengals are looking to pull off another miraculous upset by winning their first Lombardi Trophy.
Al Michaels will be handling play-by-play duties with Cris Collinsworth joining him in the booth as an analyst. For Michaels, this will be his record-tying 11th Super Bowl and possibly the last game he’ll call for NBC Sports, as ESPN and Amazon are reportedly interested in the legendary broadcaster. For Collinsworth, this will be his fifth time calling the Big Game, and he’ll get to call the action for the Bengals, a team he played in two Super Bowls with. Kathryn Tappen and 4-time Emmy Award winner Michele Tafoya will provide sideline reports, and 3-time Super Bowl referee Terry McAulay will round out the broadcast team as the rules analyst.
SoFi Stadium is sure to be packed as it has a capacity for 70,240 fans, however, cord cutters who will not be in attendance can find out how to watch all of Super Bowl LVI below.
When to Watch Super Bowl LVI
Kickoff for Super Bowl LVI between the Cincinnati Bengals vs. the Los Angeles Rams is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET, live from SoFi Stadium, in Inglewood, California, on Sunday, February 13, 2022, on NBC.
Who’s Performing at Super Bowl LVI
Mickey Guyton is set to become the first black female country singer to perform the national anthem at the Big Game, and Jhené Aiko will be performing “America the Beautiful.” There will be a special performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by Mary Mary, who will be joined by the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles.
This year’s halftime show will feature performances from Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and Eminem. For Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Kendrick Lamar they’ll be performing in their home state. For the first time ever, the halftime show will be an inclusive experience as they’ll be joined by Deaf rappers Sean Forbes and Warren Snipe, who will perform in American Sign Language.
How to Watch Super Bowl LVI
Fans will have plenty of options to watch all of the action from this year’s Super Bowl without spending a fortune.
AntennaWeb is a great tool you can use to find out which affiliate in your area will broadcast the Big Game on NBC.
The Super Bowl will be available to stream through NFL digital properties such as NFL.com, the NFL app, and the digital properties of the respective teams. Plus, fans can watch the game on their phones via the Yahoo Sports app.
Most of the major subscription live TV streaming services carry this week’s games, so fans can watch the game from anywhere.
Watch the Super Bowl on Peacock
Peacock Premium subscribers can watch all of Super Bowl LVI for only $4.99 per month, or $49.99 per year. Upgrade to Peacock Premium Plus for an ad-free experience for only $9.99 per month, or $99.99 per year.
Watch the Super Bowl on Sling TV
Starting at $35/mo., subscribers of Sling Blue can watch all of the action between the Bengals and Rams in the Big Game on NBC .
Watch the Super Bowl on Hulu + Live TV
For as low as $69.99, Hulu + Live TV is the perfect place to watch Super Bowl LVI on NBC. The streaming platform also includes DVR, Disney+, and ESPN+.
Watch the Super Bowl on fuboTV
The world’s largest sports-oriented streaming service fuboTV includes NBC and Golf Channel in its Starter plan for only $194.96 for 3 months. With over 110 channels and DVR, fuboTV is one of the best values out there to watch the Super Bowl.
Watch the Super Bowl on DIRECTV STREAM
For $70/mo., the Entertainment package provided by DIRECTV STREAM includes NBC and over 65 channels. Just in time for the Super Bowl, the platform is offering a 5-day free trial.
Watch the Super Bowl on YouTube TV
For $64.99/mo., YouTube TV offers a complete package to watch all of the action live from SoFi Stadium. NBC is included along with 80 other channels, plus DVR, so you can record your favorite moments
Predicting the Winner
Legends will be made when the game clock strikes zero once Super Bowl LVI concludes. The narrative for the winning QB might contribute to their enshrinement into the Hall of Fame one day. For Burrow, leading a franchise like the Bengals to their first Super Bowl victory after they went 2-14 the year before he arrived while having one of the worst offensive lines after suffering a gruesome knee injury during his rookie season is mythical. With the Rams having at least 3 future Hall of Famers on their defense, if Burrow can pull this one-off, he’ll live in NFL lore forever. For Stafford, leaving a franchise like the Lions, which are historically worse than the Bengals, and winning the Lombardi Trophy during his first season on his new team is a redemption story.
The Rams are the Super Bowl favorites, however, if the Bengals can get the ball out quickly to their weapons then they can overcome the Rams defense. Burrow was sacked 9-times against the Titans in the Divisional Round, and the Titans’ pass rush isn’t as good as the Rams. During the AFC Championship Game, the Bengals didn’t allow any sacks, and their defense turned the game around in the second half, and they’ll need the same valiant effort to pull off the upset. Expect a close game with a few late-game heroics and if the game turns into a shootout then the Bengals will be victorious, however, if it’s a low-scoring affair where neither team exceeds 24, then the Rams will be your Super Bowl champions.