By now, you should be aware that Super Bowl LVI is nearly one week away, but where is the Super Bowl this year? It’s something that changes every year as the NFL looks to showcase some of the amazing stadiums and facilities available to players and fans across the nation.
Super Bowl LVI (56) will be played at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. The stadium has been open since 2020 and is the current home of the Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams. It also hosts the LA Bowl, an annual NCAA Division I FBS college football bowl game.
The game will be played between the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams, making the Rams the second team to play the Super Bowl in their home stadium after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did so last season. Tampa Bay won the game and LA hopes to do the same.
20 Facts You Should Know Before the Big Game
The Super Bowl is the NFL’s biggest event of the year and draws in between 90 and 110 million TV viewers from around the world. With how the playoffs have unfolded this season, Super Bowl LVI should draw in a lot of viewers as two underdogs take the stage in the game of all games.
Every year, there are a number of storylines, facts, statistics, and headlines that dominate media coverage leading up to kickoff and throughout the entirety of the game. These facts often drive interest in the event and help draw in viewers that wouldn’t watch the game otherwise.
As we prepare for Super Bowl LVI, which is set for a 6:30pm ET kickoff on Sunday, February 13, 2022, let’s take a look at some of the more interesting, unique, and popular storylines you should know before the game starts. There’s a lot to uncover, so let’s dive right into it!
20. Zac Taylor and Sean McVay are the youngest head coaches in the NFL.
It’s crazy to think the two youngest head coaches in the NFL are going head-to-head in the Super Bowl, but that’s the reality of Super Bowl LVI. It goes to show that age is just a number in the coaching community. As long as you know how to lead and gameplan, you’ll win.
Zac Taylor, the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, is currently 38 years old and is in his third season with the team. Sean McVay, the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams, is currently 36 years old and is in his fifth year with the team. We’ll see who gets the ultimate prize very soon.
19. Super Bowl LVI will be the lowest-seeded Super Bowl ever.
Both the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals entered the playoffs as No. 4 seeds. When they take the field on Super Bowl Sunday, it’ll mark the first time a No. 1, No. 2, or No. 3 isn’t featured. They’ve confirmed the notion that once you make the playoffs, anything can happen.
The Bengals finished the regular season 10-7 atop the AFC North, while the Rams finished the regular season 12-5 atop the NFC West. While the Bengals had to step through the Raiders, Titans, and Chiefs, the Rams had to get through the Cardinals, Buccaneers, and 49ers.
18. Joe Burrow could become the fourth youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl.
Joe Burrow was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals with the No. 1 overall pick in 2020. He played 10 games as the team’s starter, but missed the final six games of his rookie year due to injury. Although he’s just in his second season, he looks as good as any veteran in the league.
At 25 years old, he’ll have an opportunity to become the fourth youngest quarterback to ever win a title. The three players currently ahead of him are Tom Brady (24), Patrick Mahomes (23), and Ben Roethlisberger (23). Russell Wilson and Joe Montana were also 25 when they won.
17. Matthew Stafford and Joe Burrow just finished their first full season with their respective teams.
Achieving success with a new team isn’t easy for a player, whether you’re just entering the league or changing teams via trade, free agency, etc. With that said, that’s essentially what both Super Bowl quarterbacks were up against this season and they ultimately prevailed in the end.
As we mentioned above, Joe Burrow missed the final six games of his rookie year due to injury, making this his first full season in the NFL. As for Matthew Stafford, he was traded to the Los Angeles Rams this past offseason after spending his first 12 seasons with the Detroit Lions.
16. Matthew Stafford was 0-3 in his playoff career during his time with the Detroit Lions. He’s 3-0 in this year’s playoffs.
Speaking of Matthew Stafford, he’s making quite the statement with his new team in LA. In his 12 years with Detroit, the team only made the playoffs three times. They lost in the Wild Card round each time, losing to the Saints in 2011, the Cowboys in 2014, and the Seahawks in 2016.
After going 0-3 in the playoffs with Detroit, Stafford is already 3-0 in his one season with the Rams. Granted he has a much better team around him, but isn’t that what it takes in the NFL? He’ll have a chance to improve his playoff record to 4-3 at Super Bowl LVI, but it won’t be easy.
15. Sean McVay could become the youngest head coach to ever win a Super Bowl.
We already mentioned how Sean McVay is the second youngest head coach in the NFL behind Zac Taylor, but there’s more to it. At just 36 years old, McVay has an opportunity to become the youngest head coach to ever win a Super Bowl. He’s 0-1 with such opportunities in his career.
McVay could’ve broke the record at the end of the 2018-19 season, but his team flopped against the New England Patriots in the lowest scoring game in Super Bowl history. The current holder of the record is Mike Tomlin, who won Super Bowl XLIII at just 36 years old and 11 months.
14. Zac Taylor was on Sean McVay’s coaching staff in 2017 and 2018.
This isn’t the first time Zac Taylor and Sean McVay will cross paths in the NFL. While the two squared off in Taylor’s first season as head coach, their history goes much deeper than that. Before Taylor was named head coach of the Bengals in 2019, he was on McVay’s staff in LA.
Zac Taylor spent two seasons with the Los Angeles Rams. He was the team’s assistant wide receivers coach in 2017 and the team’s quarterbacks coach in 2018. In their one time playing against each other since, the Rams won 24-10 as the Bengals dropped to 0-8 on the season.
13. Just two years ago, the Cincinnati Bengals were a 2-14 team.
Let’s talk about that 0-8 start to the 2019 season for the Cincinnati Bengals, the first under head coach Zac Taylor. They ended up finishing the regular season 2-14, which was the worst record in the league. That year was a turning point in the franchise as they earned the No. 1 draft pick.
What did they do with that draft pick? They drafted Joe Burrow and while he went 2-7-1 as a starter in an injury-riddled rookie season, he came out in full force this season. With a trip to the Super Bowl, he helped the Bengals make the most drastic two-year turnaround in NFL history.
12. This is the second straight year a Super Bowl team is playing on their home field.
At the beginning of this article, you were asking, “Where is the Super Bowl this year?” With the Los Angeles Rams calling SoFi Stadium their home stadium, Super Bowl LVI will mark just the second time in NFL history that a team will play in the Super Bowl in their home stadium.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the first team to accomplish that, doing so last season at Raymond James Stadium. Ironically, it was Tom Brady’s first season with the team – much like Matthew Stafford in LA. We’ll have to wait and see if Stafford can win, much like Brady did.
11. Rookie kicker Evan McPherson is a perfect 16-16 in the playoffs.
Although Joe Burrow is receiving a majority of the praise, it’s Cincinnati Bengals’ rookie kicker Evan McPherson that’s largely responsible for the team’s playoff run thus far. With all three of their playoff games being decided by one score, his field goals have been key to victory.
And those field goals have come in bunches. He’s a perfect 12 of 12 on field goals in this year’s playoffs, as well as 4 of 4 with extra point attempts. With 40 points entering the Super Bowl, he’s just nine away from tying Adam Vinatieri’s record of 49 points scored during the 2006 playoffs.
10. The halftime show will consist of Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar.
Pepsi, who has sponsored the Super Bowl Halftime Show every year since 2012, is calling this year’s show ‘the most anticipated Super Bowl halftime show ever.’ They have a lot to prove as their rights to the sponsorship are set to expire after this season finally comes to an end.
With that said, they’re giving fans an opportunity to see several legends perform with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar slotted in the halftime lineup. It’ll be interesting to see what they do after The Weeknd performed at last year’s Super Bowl.
9. Rams’ safety Eric Weddle was retired just three weeks ago, but is now headed to the Super Bowl.
The Los Angeles Rams made a stunning announcement at the end of the regular season when they signed veteran safety Eric Weddle out of retirement to join the team in their playoff run. The Rams were running thin at safety after losing Jordan Fuller and Taylor Rapp to injuries.
Weddle spent the past two regular seasons retired after starting 16 games for the Rams in 2019. He was the team’s defensive signal caller and one of the team’s captains. He has never won or appeared in a Super Bowl, but will finally earn his shot, despite being retired three weeks ago.
8. This is just the second time the Super Bowl will feature two former No. 1 overall draft picks.
A quarterback being drafted with the No. 1 overall pick is fairly common in the NFL today, but a quarterback being drafted No. 1 overall and then making it to a Super Bowl is a little more rare – let alone both quarterbacks in the Super Bowl being former No. 1 overall draft picks.
Entering this season, it’s something that has only happened once when Peyton Manning and Cam Newton squared off at Super Bowl L (50). With Joe Burrow and Matthew Stafford both being former No. 1 overall draft picks, it’ll mark the second time it has ever happened.
7. In the preseason, the Cincinnati Bengals were a 125-to-1 shot to reach the Super Bowl.
Every year before the regular season starts, people around the world place bets on who they think will win the Super Bowl. It’s a great opportunity to put some money on a team no one expects to play well. If you get it right, the payout is almost always going to be worth it.
That’s true for anyone that bet on the Bengals in the preseason, as they were given a 125-to-1 shot to reach the big game. It’s the second-lowest odds by a Super Bowl team behind the 1999 St. Louis Rams, who had a 150-1 shot at making Super Bowl XXXIV. The Rams won that year.
6. No quarterback has ever won the Heisman Trophy, the National Championship, and the Super Bowl in their career.
Joe Burrow had an incredible senior year at LSU, becoming just the eighth quarterback and 15th player to ever win the Heisman Trophy and National Championship in the same season. Now in his second season in the NFL, he has an opportunity to join an elite club early in his career.
Only four players have ever won the Heisman Trophy, National Championship, and Super Bowl in their career – Tony Dorsett, Marcus Allen, Reggie Bush, and Charles Woodson. The thing that separates Joe Burrow from that pack is that he would be the only quarterback to ever do it.
5. The Cincinnati Bengals are one of six NFL teams to never win a Super Bowl, NFL Championship, or AFL Championship.
The first ever Super Bowl was played in 1967 and there are 12 teams that have never hoisted the Lombardi Trophy. The Cincinnati Bengals are one of those teams, as well as the Bills, Browns, Titans, Jaguars, Texans, Chargers, Vikings, Lions, Falcons, Panthers, and Cardinals.
It gets worse for the Bengals, as they’re one of six of those teams to have never won an NFL championship or AFL championship either. The Texans, Jaguars, Falcons, Panthers, and Vikings are the other five teams to never do so. The Bengals can change that in Super Bowl LVI.
4. Of all the quarterbacks to be drafted No. 1 overall and make it to a Super Bowl, Joe Burrow did it the fastest in just two years.
We all know that Joe Burrow was the No. 1 overall draft pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Not only that, but we all understand how incredible it is that he’s playing in the Super Bowl in just his second season. In fact, he’s the fastest QB drafted No. 1 overall to reach the big game.
What’s even more ironic is that the current record holder is someone the Los Angeles Rams developed – Jared Goff. He helped lead the Rams to Super Bowl LIII in 2019. Sean McVay was the head coach at just 33 years old. Now, it’s Burrow and 38-year old Zac Taylor setting records.
3. Only two quarterbacks have ever won the Super Bowl in their first year with a new team.
We’ve already mentioned how Matthew Stafford is in his first season with the Los Angeles Rams after being involved in the trade that sent Jared Goff to the Detroit Lions. It was a trade that rocked the entire NFL community and put Stafford in a position to prove his worth.
With that said, he has an opportunity to become the third player in NFL history to win a Super Bowl in his first year with a new team. The only two players to achieve that feat are Tom Brady, who did so with the Buccaneers in 2020, and Trent Dilfer, who did so with the Ravens in 2000.
2. Despite being in the Rams’ home stadium, the Bengals will be the home team at Super Bowl LVI.
We touched base on the Los Angeles Rams being the second team to play in the Super Bowl in their home stadium, but they won’t have the luxury of being the home team as the Cincinnati Bengals will have home team rights. This wasn’t the case with the Buccaneers last season.
This not only means the Bengals will get to prepare in the Rams’ usual home locker room, but the Bengals will also get to choose which uniforms they wear for the big game. On the other hand, the Rams will get to call the coin toss as the away team – both in regulation and overtime.
1. The highest ever combined point total in a Super Bowl was 75 points when the 49ers defeated the Chargers 49-26.
In what was probably the greatest national championship performance of all-time, Burrow threw for a staggering 463 yards, 5 passing touchdowns, and one rushing touchdown en route to a 42-25 victory. He’s no stranger to big moments and generally performs well when needed.
Meanwhile, Matthew Stafford is a gunslinger that’s having himself an incredible season and has put up 905 yards, 6 touchdowns, and just one interception this postseason. With both offenses featuring capable quarterbacks, it’ll be interesting to see if they can break the 75-point record.
Looking Ahead to Another Exciting Super Bowl in 2022
Super Bowl LVI is going to take place at 6:30pm ET on Sunday, February 13th at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals. Although it’s being played in the Rams’ home stadium, the Bengals will be acting as the game’s home team.
The Rams defeated the Arizona Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and San Francisco 49ers en route to winning the NFC Championship. The Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Las Vegas Raiders, Tennessee Titans, and Kansas City Chiefs en route to winning the AFC Championship.
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As it stands right now, the Los Angeles Rams are the favorites to win. With that said, the Bengals have proven that big moments aren’t going to get in their way of greatness. It should make Super Bowl LVI one for the ages as Joe Burrow goes head-to-head with Matthew Stafford.
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