Super Bowl LVI was played on February 13, 2022 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, home of the Los Angeles Rams. The NFC Champion Los Angeles Rams faced the AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals. The game was managed by Sean McVay for the Los Angeles Rams and Zac Taylor for the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Rams had a strong regular season, finishing with a 12-5 record. They won their division and then defeated the Arizona Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game to advance to the Super Bowl. McVay traded for quarterback Matthew Stafford from the Detroit Lions before the season, sending former starting QB Jared Goff the other way. Stafford led the team’s offense, completing 367 passes for 4,886 yards and 40 touchdowns, along with Cooper Kupp setting franchise records for receiving and yardage, winning the triple crown (most receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns in a season). The defense was led by three-time Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald, who posted 13.5 sacks that season, and defensive coordinator Brandon Staley. They also made significant moves this season, adding former Super Bowl MVP Von Miller on defense and superstar receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on offense.
The Bengals also had a successful regular season, finishing with a 10-7 record. They entered the playoffs as the number 4 seed, winning the AFC North. They then defeated the Las Vegas Raiders, Tennessee Titans, and Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game to advance to Super Bowl LVI. Quarterback Joe Burrow led the team’s offense, passing for 4,611 yards and 34 touchdowns, including 1,415 yards and 13 touchdowns to rookie wide receiver JaMarr Chase.
Super Bowl LVI
Super Bowl LVI was a close and close battle, with the Rams winning in the end. The Rams defense held the Bengals scoreless in the fourth quarter. The offense, led by Stafford, who passed for 201 yards and 2 touchdowns, had a solid running game and scored 7 points in the fourth quarter to clinch the 23-20 victory. Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp was named Super Bowl MVP after his outstanding performance, catching 10 passes for 103 yards and scoring the game-winning touchdown. The win marked the Rams’ second Super Bowl victory in franchise history, their first since the franchise’s return to Los Angeles.