I'll be honest: there's a lot I don't know about the Cincinnati and the Los Angeles football teams. #BillsMafia, and although we wish Buffalo made it to the Super Bowl, that doesn't change the fact that we are still planning to go to a Super Bowl party this year.

I'm not super "in the know" when it comes to the Big Game, especially with these two teams, but you have to expect that there's going to be a few "experts" at your party on Sunday.

That's why I'm here to help! :)

Here’s what you need to know for the Super Bowl:

Who's playing in Super Bowl LVI? Why is it called Super Bowl LVI?

Representing the NFC will be the Los Angeles Rams, who are currently favored to win the Super Bowl. However, that is somewhat expected when they are playing in their home stadium. However, they will not be listed as the home team, as that advantage goes to the team representing the AFC, which is the Cincinnati Bengals. 

What colors are the teams?

The Rams wear blue, gold, and white uniforms, and the Bengals are usually in orange, black, and white. 

Why is it called Super Bowl LVI?

LVI in Roman numerals stands for 56, meaning that this will be the 56th Super Bowl. The Roman numerals are supposed to make it less confusing for viewers because the Big Game is played in the year following the recorded season.

What time is the Super Bowl? Where is it?

The Super Bowl starts at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. The game will be played in Los Angeles at the home stadium of the Rams (SoFi stadium), though it was not planned that a team going into the Super Bowl would have the home field advantage. The NFL typically rotates the location of the Super Bowl every year because they want to provide a neutral site so no team has home-field advantage; however, that didn’t work out that way this year. 

How long is it going to last?

The average Super Bowl broadcast is usually about three and a half hours long, including the near-half hour halftime show. 

Who is performing at the halftime show?

All 90s kids are going to love this line-up. No joke. This year’s halftime show features Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar.  

Who are the quarterbacks of the Rams and Bengals? 

You should know who the quarterbacks are, even if your team isn’t in the Big Game, because guess what? A quarterback has won 31 of the previous 55 Super Bowl MVP trophies, meaning that you should have some idea of who is who.  

The quarterback of the Rams is Matthew Stafford, who reps number 9. He was the No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick in 2009. I won’t bore you with the statistics, but know that he is good. 

The quarterback of the Bengals is Joe Burrow, who conveniently also wears #9.  Burrow was also a No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick in the 2020 NFL Draft after he had one of the greatest college seasons of all time. It’s going to be an interesting match-up between these quarterbacks and their teams. 

Are there any other notable players I should be prepared to talk about? 

Any Rams or Bengals fan would say yes, and while I agree, I’ll try to keep it short. 

For the Los Angeles Rams, you should remember these names:

  • Defensive lineman Aaron Donald (wears #99): He has been referred to as the best player in all of football in his role as a defensive tackle.  
  • Wide receiver Cooper Kupp (#10). He was the best wide receiver in football this season, per NFL analysts. 
  • Defensive back Jalen Ramsey (#5): Ramsey tends to play closer to the ball and get involved in the run game more often, and tends to be a bit unpredictable. 
  • Wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. (#3) and Van Jefferson (#12): Beckham has become an offensive weapon for the Rams in the playoffs, and Jefferson is a deep threat for the Rams. 

Now let’s take a look at the Bengals: 

  • Wide receivers Ja’Marr Chase (#1) and Tee Higgins (#85):  These two work well together with Tyler Boyd, who reps #83. They make up one of the NFL’s best pass-catchers, so look for them on the other end of Burrow’s passes.
  • Defensive end Sam Hubbard (#94): Hubbard likes to play across the line of scrimmage and tends to excel on sacks. You may remember the incredible play against the Chiefs where Mahomes was sacked on back-to-back fourth quarter runs? That was all Hubbard. 
  • Running back Joe Mixon (#28): Mixon is a solid player in the starting line-up for the Bengals. 

Okay. I think that’s enough information. Let’s move on.

Who are the head coaches? 

The head coach of the Rams is Sean McVay, and he was the youngest head coach at the time of his hire and is still the youngest head coach in the league at 36 years old. Ironically, one of McVay's former assistants is Bengals head coach Zac Taylor, who used to server as the wide receivers coach and then quarterbacks coach under McVay in L.A.

What can you bring up at the Super Bowl party to break the ice? 

Assuming you are a Bills fan, you’ll probably be saying “That should’ve been us!” and “Can’t wait until next year!” 

Are there any important rules I should know about?

You’ll probably hear at least one of these: 

  • Pass interference: Kind of self explanatory. It's when one player interferes with another's ability to catch a pass. When the offense causes pass interference, expect that team to lose 10 yards and for them to replay the down.
  • Illegal contact: Basically a less serious version of pass interference. Illegal contact usually happens before the ball is thrown and interferes with the offensive player's ability to get free for the pass. It’s historically a five-yard penalty that also results in a first down. 
  • False start and/or offside: These calls occur before the snap to the quarterback, and they result in five-yard penalties for the offense (false start) and defense (offside). A false start causes the current play to go dead, but offsides is not as simple, as there are different versions of offsides. 
  • Holding, illegal hands to the face, illegal block in the back: These penalties are exactly what they sound like.
  • Delay of game: The offensive team has a designated amount of time to snap the ball (typically 40 seconds after the end of the previous play). The penalty for delay of game and its enforcement is pretty controversial and unclear. It’s not consistent by any means. 

When do people start talking about next season after the Super Bowl? 

Now. Next year is our year. Go Bills!

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