The 56th edition of the Super Bowl, known as LVI, is back in Los Angeles and it promises to be one for the ages, a showdown between the cigar-swaggering Joe Burrow and the upstart Cincinnati Bengals and big-armed Matthew Stafford and the hometown Los Angeles Rams.
The halftime show — a who’s who of hip-hop — promises to be worth staying in your seat.
Here’s all you need to know about the big game on Sunday, Feb. 13.
Where is the game being played?
Super Bowl LVI will be played at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, the home of the Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers. While it seems like the Rams would logically be the home team, due to NFL rules, the Bengals will actually be the home team since the advantage flips from the NFC and AFC each year, Yahoo reports.
This will be the first time Los Angeles has hosted a Super Bowl since 1993, when the Dallas Cowboys dismantled the Buffalo Bills 52-17 at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena.
The first Super Bowl, on Jan. 15, 1967, was also played in Los Angeles. Called the AFL-NFL World Championship Game at the time, the Green Bay Packers crushed the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10, in the game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
What time is kickoff?
Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. ET, 5:30 p.m. CT, 4:30 p.m. MT and 3:30 p.m. PT. The game should last close to four hours, including the longer-than-usual halftime show.
And I can watch or stream it where?
Coverage starts at noon ET on NBC with the “Road to the Super Bowl” by NFL Films.
At 1 p.m. ET the “Super Bowl LVI Pregame Show” will be on until kickoff, hosted by Mike Tirico and featuring a wide range of commentators and analysts, such as Drew Brees and Tony Dungy.
For the game itself, Al Michaels will handle the play-by-play, Chris Collinsworth, a former star receiver with the Bengals, will provide color commentary, and Michele Tafoya and Kathryn Tappen will be reporting on the sidelines.
The game will also be broadcast in Spanish on Telemundo, the first Spanish-language network to air the Super Bowl.
How many people will watch?
While the most watched Super Bowl in history was XLIX in 2015 between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots with 114 million viewers, this game is projected to surpass it with 117 million viewers, CNBC reported. This is an increase of 21 percent from the 2021 Super Bowl, where 96.4 million people tuned in.
What about radio coverage?
Sirius XM subscribers can get 24/7 coverage (including the game) on Super Bowl LVI Radio (Channel 104) and also catch the halftime show on Eminem’s Shade (Channel 45.)
About the two teams
The Rams are back in the Super Bowl for the first time since 2019, when they were shut down by the the New England Patriots 13-3 in Atlanta. It’s been a much longer wait for the Bengals, who last went after the Vince Lombardi Trophy in 1989, when they were picked apart by the San Francisco 49ers, 20-16.
The Bengals went 10-7 in the AFC North this year while the Rams went 12-5 in the NFC West, their combined winning percentage of .647 is the worst in Super Bowl history, according to The Rams Wire.
Meet the head coaches
Ready to feel old?
The Rams have Sean McVay leading the charge while Zac Taylor tackles the sideline for the Bengals. McVay became the youngest NFL head coach in history at 30 years old when he was hired by L.A. in 2017 while Taylor, who was once the assistant wide receivers coach for the Rams, was hired by Bengals in 2019 at 35.
According to People, this will be the first time a Super Bowl has been led by two men under the age of 40.
Tell me about the halftime show
If you were a ‘90s baby, this year’s halftime show is sure to be memorable in the best possible way.
Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar are handling the duties that The Weeknd handled beautifully in 2021’s Super Bowl.
Also, Sean Forbes and Warren “WaWa” Snip — who are deaf — will be performing American Sign Language renditions of the songs performed during halftime, which will be the first time the league has incorporated ASL interpretations into a halftime program.
Who is singing the national anthem?
The microphone will be held by Mickey Guyton, a country music artist from Arlington, Texas. Guyton was the first Black woman to be nominated for Best Country Solo Performance at the Grammy Awards in 2020 for her single “Black Like Me,” the New York Times said.
Who is favored?
According to Sportsline projection model, the Rams are a 3.5 point favorite while the over-under is set at 48.5 points.
What about Olympic coverage?
For Olympics fans, you can still watch the Winter Games before and after the Super Bowl. Coverage starts at 8 a.m. ET and will run until Super Bowl coverage begins. Then it resumes at following local news after the Super Bowl postgame.
Junk food, anyone?
Super Bowl Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday is traditionally a day of gluttony, with Americans chowing down on chips and guacamole, wings and pizza to the tune of 2,400 calories for the big game. Only on Thanksgiving do we eat more, according to healthfacts.blog.
SNAC, formerly the Snack Food Association, says that Americans will combine to eat 112 million pounds of snacks Sunday, “or the equivalent of 270 jumbo jets.” Significant spikes in the sale of tortilla chips (26.5%) and refrigerated dips (33.3%) led to a robust increase in overall spending on snacks this year, to $487 million.