Super Bowl LVI: Matchup thoughts and predictions


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With the Super Bowl approaching, staff writer Kellan O’Connell discusses the matchup and gives his prediction for the game.

Kellan O'Connell, Staff Photographer

It’s no secret that this year’s NFL playoffs have been exciting and nerve-wracking. With one of the most competitive divisional rounds in NFL history, it was hard to tell which teams would make it to the Super Bowl. But now, the results are clear: the Los Angeles Rams will face off against the Cincinnati Bengals in Los Angeles on Feb. 13. 

Going into the AFC championship, the Bengals were seen as the underdogs against the Chiefs in Arrowhead. After a weak performance from the Bengals’ offensive line the week prior, many believed that they would not be able to keep up with the Chiefs’ pass rush, as well as their dominating offense. With a terrible performance in the first half by allowing 21 points, the Bengals’ Super Bowl hopes dwindled. This all changed after halftime.

The Bengals completely dominated the Chiefs in the second half, holding them to just 3 points. The Bengals went on to tie the game, and sent it into overtime. Although the Bengals lost the coin toss, they got  an interception and made it into field goal range, where they would kick a field goal and advance to the Super Bowl over the Chiefs. This is the first time the Bengals have been in the Super Bowl since 1988. 

Going into the NFC championship, the Rams were favored against the 49ers even though they were 0-2 against them this season. With a powerful offense and defense, the Rams looked amazing heading into this game. This outlook changed with a terrible performance from the Rams in the first half, allowing 17 points while only scoring seven. The Rams entered halftime down 10 points. 

Similar to the Bengals, the Rams would come into the second half looking completely different. Their defense would completely shut out the 49ers, scoring 13 unanswered points. This would send the Rams to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2019. 

With the Super Bowl featuring the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals, I believe that the Rams will come out on top. With the Rams having one of the best defensive lines in the NFL, I believe that the Bengals will not be able to stop the Rams’ pass rush, especially due to the Bengals having one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL.

By no means do I think it will be a blowout, but I believe that the Rams will be able to hold the Bengals to a low scoring game, while also being able to produce 21-plus points. My prediction for the final score is 27-14. 

The Super Bowl LVI Champions will be the Los Angeles Rams.