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5 things to know about Super Bowl LVI

Bengals, Rams to meet Feb. 13 at SoFi Stadium; game can be seen on WPTV
Los Angeles Rams running back Darrell Henderson escapes from Cincinnati Bengals in 2019
Posted at 11:27 AM, Jan 31, 2022

Now that the stage has been set for Super Bowl LVI between the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams, here are five things to know about the game, which will be played Feb. 13 on WPTV.

No. 1 stunners

Two former No. 1 overall picks — Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow and Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford — have led their teams to the Super Bowl.

Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow carries football at Kansas City Chiefs in AFC Championship, Jan. 30, 2022
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow carries the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half of the AFC Championship game, Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo.

Burrow was the top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft after a record-breaking senior season at LSU, where he steered the Tigers to the 2019 national championship and a perfect 15-0 record. He was also the winner of the Heisman Memorial Trophy, presented to the top college football player in the country.

Burrow became the only rookie from his draft class to start the opening game of the 2020 season, but he ended the year on injured reserve after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his left knee during a loss to Washington 11 games into his rookie campaign.

Despite the season-ending injury, it seems Burrow has rebounded in impressive fashion, setting a franchise record for most passing yards (4,611) and passing touchdowns (34) this season.

Stafford was the first overall pick by the Detroit Lions in the 2009 draft after a record-setting junior season at Georgia. He spent the first 12 seasons of his NFL career in Detroit before being traded to the Rams in 2021.

Los Angeles Rams QB Matthew Stafford throws under pressure vs. San Francisco 49ers in NFC Championship, Jan. 30, 2022
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford throws as he is hit during the first half of the NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif.

Although Stafford set several records during his time in Detroit, including becoming the fastest player to reach 20,000 career passing yards in NFL history, the Lions were 0-3 in the playoffs. Eager to find a team where he could win right away, Stafford was traded to the Rams in exchange for quarterback Jared Goff — the 2016 No. 1 overall pick — and future draft picks.

Stafford left Detroit as the team's career leader in passing yards (45,109) and touchdown passes (282).

In just one season with the Rams, Stafford has already set a franchise record for the most passing yards (4,886) in a season, and he's tied with former Super Bowl champion Kurt Warner for the most touchdown passes (41) in a season.

There's no place like home

Through the NFL's first 54 years of staging a Super Bowl, no team had played in one in its home venue. But for the second consecutive year, a participating team will be doing just that.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the first team to do it last year in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Now it's the Rams' turn to host the Super Bowl at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, a suburb of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Rams fan holds 'Rams House' flag outside SoFi Stadium, site of Super Bowl LVI, before NFC Championship, Jan. 30, 2022
A fan holds a flag outside of SoFi Stadium before the NFC Championship game between the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif.

Even though no team before last year had ever played at home, there have been some regional advantages. Ironically, like this year's game, they also had a California connection.

The Rams were the NFC representative in Super Bowl XIV at the Rose Bowl in nearby Pasadena, California, while the San Francisco 49ers played in Super Bowl XIX at Stanford Stadium in the Bay area. The Rams called the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum home at the time and the 49ers played their home games at the now-demolished Candlestick Park.

It's been a long time

This will be Cincinnati's first Super Bowl appearance since the 1988 season.

The Bengals are one of 12 teams that have never won a Super Bowl. They are 0-2 all-time in Super Bowl appearances, losing both times to San Francisco.

Cincinnati Bengals running back Ickey Woods vs. San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIII, Jan. 22, 1989
Cincinnati Bengals running back Ickey Woods carries the ball as teammates Bruce Reimers (75) and Rodney Holman (82) block during the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIII, Jan. 22, 1989, at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami.

That's a stark contrast to the Rams, who are playing in their second Super Bowl in four seasons (and six years back in L.A.) under head coach Sean McVay.

Technically, the Rams have won a Super Bowl, though it was when the franchise was in St. Louis.

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay on sideline during Super Bowl LIII, Feb. 3, 2019
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay is seen on the sideline talking with Brandin Cooks against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl LIII, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. The Patriots won 13-3.

The Rams played in their first Super Bowl to cap the 1979 season.

For some perspective, Stafford was an infant during Cincinnati's last Super Bowl run and Burrow wouldn't be born for another eight NFL seasons.

How low can you go?

This year's Super Bowl will be the lowest-seeded game in its 56-year history.

Super Bowl LVI will pit a pair of No. 4 seeds against each other, making it the lowest-seeded NFL championship game since the league instituted playoff seedings beginning with the 1975 season.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were the lowest-seeded team to ever win a Super Bowl, defeating the NFC's top-seeded Seattle Seahawks 21-10 in Super Bowl XL.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Willie Parker outruns Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL, Feb. 5, 2006
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Willie Parker makes a 75-yard touchdown run as he is chased by Seattle Seahawks defenders, from left, LeRoy Hill (56), Michael Boulware (28), Bryce Fisher (94), Lofa Tatupu (51) and Etric Pruitt (35) during the third quarter of Super Bowl XL, Feb. 5, 2006, in Detroit.

There has never been a Super Bowl without one of the top three seeds from either conference playing in it — until now.

The Bengals lead the all-time series against the Rams 8-6, although the Rams won 24-10 the last time they met in 2019 in London.

Laces out

Burrow aside, the star for the Bengals throughout the playoffs is arguably rookie Evan McPherson.

The former Florida Gators kicker's 31-yard field goal against the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime put the Bengals in the Super Bowl for the first time in 33 years.

Cincinnati Bengals kicker Evan McPherson kicks 31-yard FG in OT at Kansas City Chiefs, Jan. 30, 2022
Cincinnati Bengals kicker Evan McPherson kicks a 31-yard field goal in overtime during the AFC Championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. The Bengals won 27-24.

McPherson was 4 for 4 in field-goal attempts during the AFC title game and is a perfect 12 for 12 in field-goal tries this postseason.

His 52-yard field goal as time expired against the AFC's top-seeded Tennessee Titans in the divisional round helped the Bengals win 19-16 and advance to the conference championship game.

McPherson was also 4 for 4 in Cincinnati's 26-19 wild-card playoff victory against the Las Vegas Raiders, giving the Bengals their first postseason win in 31 years.

The Rams are the early betting favorites to win the Super Bowl, but if it comes down to a kick, don't bet against McPherson.