After a wild three weeks of NFL playoffs thrills and memorable finishes, there are only two teams left standing. We now know what the Super Bowl matchup will be when America’s biggest sporting event kicks off on February 13.
For the second year in a row, one of the Super Bowl teams will be playing at their home stadium. Last year, it was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. By winning three road games in the playoffs, the Bucs advanced to a home Super Bowl at Raymond James Stadium.
The Bucs made history with that achievement alone, but they went one step further and throttled the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 55 to become the first team to win the Super Bowl in their home stadium.
At Super Bowl 56, it will be the Los Angeles Rams, who are returning to the big game for the first time since playing in Super Bowl 53 three years ago. Just as they did in their previous Super Bowl appearance in 2002, they came up short against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots that year.
Sixty football minutes separate the Rams from a championship and all that comes with it–the celebratory Super Bowl Gatorade shower, confetti, and lifting one of the most famous trophies in sports.
Whil the Rams were a leading Super Bowl betting favorite entering the 2021 NFL season, their Super Bowl opponents weren’t. Yet here the Cincinnati Bengals are, looking to win their first Super Bowl title.
Let’s take a look at the current odds for the Rams-Bengals Super Bowl matchup, courtesy of BetMGM and Caesars Sportsbook. For many Super Bowl bettors, finding the best value outweighs finding the best Super Bowl promos. Therefore, comparing odds is very helpful.
Los Angeles Rams vs. Cincinnati Bengals Super Bowl 56 Matchup Odds (as of Friday, February 11)
BetMGM Super Bowl Matchup Odds
- Spread: Los Angeles Rams -4 (-110), Cincinnati Bengals +4 (-110)
- Total: OVER 48.5 (-110), UNDER 48.5 (-110)
- Moneyline: Los Angeles Rams -200, Cincinnati Bengals +165
Caesars Sportsbook Super Bowl Matchup Odds
- Spread: Los Angeles Rams -3.5 (-110), Cincinnati Bengals +3.5 (-110)
- Total: OVER 48.5 (-110), UNDER 48.5 (-110)
- Moneyline: Los Angeles Rams -195, Cincinnati Bengals +170
Value Bettors Cash Out as Playoff Upsets Set Up Unlikely Super Bowl Matchup
For weeks, Super Bowl betting odds favored a rematch of the Week 9 matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs.
Then, after the upsets in the Divisional Round, Chiefs-Rams topped the list as the most likely Super Bowl matchup heading into conference championship weekend.
If you jumped on the third matchup on the list, which was priced at +475, you came out a big winner thanks to the results of the conference title games.
Bengals Set for Super Bowl Matchup with Rams
Throughout the NFL playoffs, Betting News has been tracking Super Bowl matchup odds. When the playoffs started, Rams-Bengals was not near the top of the list. The Bengals were the #6 seed in the AFC and the Rams were the #4 seed in the NFC.
But things were turned completely upside down in an unforgettable divisional round. The Tennessee Titans and Green Bay Packers, the top seeds in the AFC and NFC, both fell. And with the Bucs and Buffalo Bills also being eliminated, four of the top Super Bowl favorites were out ahead of the AFC Championship Game and NFC Championship Game.
Rams Rally to End Losing Streak Against Rival Niners
Chalk took the win in the 49ers-Rams matchup in the NFC title game. The Rams were favored by more than a field goal at home and scored the first touchdown of the game. But the upset-minded 49ers led at halftime and built that lead to ten entering the fourth quarter.
But the Rams scored the final 13 points of the game, and after taking a 20-17 lead with less than two minutes remaining, the defense stood tall and sealed the deal with an interception of Jimmy Garoppolo.
The 49ers had beaten the Rams in both regular season matchups and had won six straight games against the Rams. But it goes without saying that an NFC Championship-clinching win trumps those six regular season wins, especially when the reward is a Super Bowl matchup at home.
Bengals Stun Chiefs Again with Second Double-Digit Comeback
Things did not go according to odds or expectations in the AFC title tilt between the Bengals and Chiefs, however. It certainly looked like it would, as the Chiefs jumped out to a 21-3 lead in the second quarter.
When Cincinnati hosted Kansas City in Week 17, the Chiefs took a 28-14 lead in the second quarter, only for the Bengals to rally for a 34-31 win.
That rally started with a field goal before the end of the first half. This time around, the rally started with a touchdown on their final first-half possession. That score was followed by a goal-line stand to end the half, and the Bengals went to the locker room with plenty to feel positive about.
Just as they did in the first meeting with the Chiefs in Week 17, Cincinnati held Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City’s potent offense to only three second-half points. The game went to overtime, but it would not turn out as the Chiefs’ Divisional Round win over the Bills.
The Chiefs won the toss, but Mahomes was intercepted by Vonn Bell to give the Bengals excellent field position. And just as he did against the Titans in Nashville, rookie kicker Evan McPherson walked it off at Arrowhead Stadium. The 27-24 win denied the Chiefs a third straight AFC title and gave the Bengals their first AFC title in 33 years.
Most Recent Los Angeles Rams vs. Cincinnati Bengals Matchup: Rams 24, Bengals 10 (October 27, 2019)
What happened in the most recent Rams-Bengals matchup? Since they met across the pond over two years ago, a lot has changed for both teams, to say the least.
The last time the Rams met the Bengals, each team had a different starting quarterback. Andy Dalton was in his last season in Cincinnati, while Jared Goff was a season removed from leading the Rams to the NFC title.
When they met in London in Week 8 of the 2019 season, the Bengals were 0-7, while the Rams were only 4-3. Goff had one of his best games of a disappointing season, throwing for 372 yards and two touchdowns as the Rams won comfortably. Cooper Kupp had a career-best 220 yards receiving in the win.
The Rams went 4-4 the rest of the way to finish 9-7, missing out on the NFL playoffs. The Bengals went on to start 0-11 on the way to an NFL-worst 2-14 record, which earned them the #1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Early returns with Joe Burrow would indicate that has turned out rather well for them.
As for the Rams, Goff is now in Detroit, as he exchanged places with Matthew Stafford one year ago. The Stafford trade has worked out swimmingly for the Rams, as have their in-season trades for Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller and Pro Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Historical Super Bowl Matchup Facts and Figures
How many times have two teams met in the Super Bowl in consecutive seasons?
It would seem like this would have occurred more than once, but that is not the case. The only the same two teams have contested the title in consecutive seasons is when the Cowboys and Bills met in Super Bowl XXVII and Super Bowl XXVIII.
The Cowboys won both meetings. In Super Bowl XXVII, the Cowboys routed the Bills 52-17 at the Rose Bowl. In the win, Dallas forced a Super Bowl-record nine turnovers. They picked off four passes, and the Bills fumbled eight times, with the Cowboys recovering five.
The next year, the teams met up again, this time at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Buffalo led 13-6 at halftime but went scoreless in the second half. The Cowboys scored 24 unanswered points in the second half in a 30-13 win, hand the Bills their fourth straight Super Bowl loss.
How many overall repeat matchups have there been in the Super Bowl?
Answer: Eight. With different results in the AFC Championship Game and/or NFC Championship Game, a Super Bowl LVI matchup would have joined this list.
The 49ers have played both the Bengals (Super Bowl XVI and Super Bowl XXIII) and the Chiefs (Super Bowl LIV). However, the Rams-Bengals matchup is a first-time Super Bowl matchup, and Rams-Chiefs would have been as well.
- Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Super Bowl X (Pittsburgh 21, Dallas 17), Super Bowl XIII (Pittsburgh 35, Dallas 31), and Super Bowl XXX (Dallas 27, Pittsburgh 17)
- Miami Dolphins vs. Washington Football Team: Super Bowl VII (Miami 14, Washington 7) and Super Bowl XVII (Washington 27, Miami 17)
- Cincinnati Bengals vs. San Francisco 49ers: Super Bowl XVI (San Francisco 26, Cincinnati 21) and Super Bowl XIII (San Francisco 20, Cincinnati 16)
- Buffalo Bills vs. Dallas Cowboys: Super Bowl XXVII (Dallas 52, Buffalo 17) and Super Bowl XXVIII (Dallas 30, Buffalo 13)
- New England Patriots vs. St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams: Super Bowl XXXVI (New England 20, St. Louis 17) and Super Bowl LIII (New England 13, Los Angeles 3)
- New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles: Super Bowl XXXIX (New England 24, Philadelphia 21) and Super Bowl LII (Philadelphia 41, New England 33)
- New England Patriots vs. New York Giants: Super Bowl XLII (New York 17, New England 14) and Super Bowl XLVI (New York 21, New England 17)
How many rookie starting quarterbacks have won the Super Bowl?
In fact, the Super Bowl has never featured a rookie starting quarterback. With Mac Jones and the Patriots being eliminated in the wild-card round, that streak will continue for another year.
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