It’s time for the Super Bowl, aka Christmas time for sports gamblers.
The NFL’s annual championship game will be back in front of a full house after last season’s attendance was limited to 15,000 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 at Raymond James Stadium on Feb. 7, 2021.
The Super Bowl will be played a week later this season after the NFL elongated its regular season by a week. It kicks off on Feb. 13, which will be the latest on the calendar in league history.
For perspective, it will be played three full weeks later than Super Bowl 23 — the last Super Bowl to feature the Cincinnati Bengals.
SoFi Stadium will be the site of Super Bowl 56, making it the first Southern California Super Bowl since Super Bowl 37 and the first in Greater Los Angeles in nearly 30 years. The Rose Bowl was the last Los Angeles-area venue to host the big game between the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills on Jan. 31, 1993.
What Time Does The Super Bowl Start?
Super Bowl 56 is scheduled to kick off at approximately 6:30 p.m. ET, but it’ll probably be more like 40 past the hour. Television coverage begins on NBC at noon ET, or 9 a.m. local time.
Who Is Playing in Super Bowl 56?
The Los Angeles Rams will square off against the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl 56.
This is the first time each team has met in the Super Bowl — and the first of Cincinnati’s three appearances that won’t feature the San Francisco 49ers.
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The Bengals are 0-2 in their previous two Super Bowl appearances, twice falling to the Joe Montana-led 49ers in the 1980s.
Cincinnati’s last appearance came at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami on January 22, 1989, where Montana famously defeated the Bengals on a last-second touchdown pass to John Taylor in San Francisco’s 20-16 victory.
This will be the Rams’ fifth trip to the Super Bowl, split between the franchise’s tenures in Los Angeles and St. Louis. The Rams are 1-3 in the previous four games, including in Super Bowl 53, where they lost to the New England Patriots 13-3.
The franchise’s only prior Super Bowl win came in Super Bowl 34, where the St. Louis Rams defeated the Tennessee Titans 24-17 in a classic.
Where Is the Super Bowl 56 Location?
The Super Bowl will be played at the gorgeous SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. SoFi is the crown jewel of NFL stadiums, a $5 billion masterpiece that opened in 2020 but only began hosting fans this season due to the pandemic.
Super Bowl 56 will be the eighth championship game played in Greater Los Angeles, making it the third-most-popular area behind only Miami and New Orleans to host the big game.
Super Bowls held in Los Angeles have historically been lopsided. The average margin of victory in the seven prior LA games is 18 points, and the only single-score margin of victory came in Super Bowl 7 when the Miami Dolphins capped their 17-0 undefeated season with a 14-7 win over Washington.
SoFi will be the third Los Angeles-area venue to host the event. The Rose Bowl in Pasadena has hosted the previous five LA-area Super Bowls, and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has hosted the event twice, including Super Bowl 1 which was played January 15, 1967.
Who Is Playing the Super Bowl 56 Halftime Show?
The Super Bowl 56 Halftime Show will be an homage to Southern California’s hip-hop roots, featuring legendary LA-area rappers Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar, as well as Eminem and Mary J. Blige.
The Super Bowl Halftime Show begins after the second quarter, typically between 8 and 8:30 p.m. ET. The show is notorious for its use of surprise cameos, so expect other popular musical acts to appear as well.
How Did the Bengals Reach Super Bowl 56?
The Bengals are stunningly in their first Super Bowl in more than 30 years thanks to a stingy defense and historic performances from second-year quarterback Joe Burrow.
Cincinnati, which was (+2500) at BetMGM to win the AFC North before the season, won its division then held off the Las Vegas Raiders 26-19 in the Wild Card round for its first playoff win since 1990, snapping an eight-game postseason losing streak.
They then defeated the top-seeded Tennessee Titans 19-16 for their first road playoff win in NFL franchise history in seven attempts. Burrow and Co. then went to Kansas City, where they overcame an 18-point first-half deficit to defeat the two-time defending AFC-champion Chiefs 27-24 in overtime to qualify for the Super Bowl.
The Bengals were (+15000) to win the Super Bowl at BetMGM in the offseason, so those of you holding those cards should be mighty excited.
How Did the Rams Reach Super Bowl 56?
The Rams will play for the NFL title for the second time in four seasons thanks to a roster full of superstars and an underrated defense.
Los Angeles, which was (+1200) to claim the title in the offseason, won its division then executed a dominant defensive showing in its 34-11 victory over the division-rival Arizona Cardinals in its playoff opener.
The Rams also were required to defeat the defending champions on the road, which they did when Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp and Co. held off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30-27 in legendary quarterback Tom Brady‘s final NFL game.
Los Angeles then stymied Jimmy Garoppolo and the rival 49ers, snapping a six-game losing streak against San Francisco with its 20-17 NFC Championship Game win.
What Are Super Bowl Squares?
Super Bowl squares are the fun, office-pool style game where whoever ends up with the correct last digit for each team wins a certain amount of prize money.
If this is something you’re interested in, and are working remote or are not in an office-style setting, download or print our Super Bowl squares template to play with friends and family.
How Can I Bet on Super Bowl 56?
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