Super Bowl 2022

Published February 13, 2022 at 5:41 PM EST
Winner winner

The Rams are the NFL champs!

Posted February 13, 2022 at 10:24 PM EST
Confetti cannons fire off after the Rams' victory at Super Bowl 2022.
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Confetti cannons fire off after the Rams' victory at Super Bowl 2022.

The Los Angeles Rams made a late comeback to win the Super Bowl over the Cincinnati Bengals. The final score was 23-20.

On the ground

Follow along to SoFi Stadium

Posted February 13, 2022 at 9:07 PM EST

Member station KPCC/LAist.com caught up with fans outside SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.

And the parking costs are no joke — one neighbor near the venue is charging $300 for his spot.

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Who to know: These are the headliners in tonight's halftime show

Posted February 13, 2022 at 8:02 PM EST
Rapper Snoop Dogg (L), Singer/songwriter Mary J. Blige (C) and rapper Dr Dre (R) pose during the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show Press Conference on Feb. 10.
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Rapper Snoop Dogg (L), Singer/songwriter Mary J. Blige (C) and rapper Dr Dre (R) pose during the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show Press Conference on Feb. 10.

It's an all-star lineup:

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Why most of America seems to be rooting for Cincinnati

Posted February 13, 2022 at 7:56 PM EST

Who are y'all rooting for? Chances are it's Cincinnati.

Twitter released a heat map ahead of the Super Bowl that shows more states are talking up the Bengals than they are the Rams. The map includes Twitter mentions between September and a week before Super Bowl Sunday.

David Herman, Twitter's senior sports partner manager, told NPR member station Cincinnati Public Radiothat the results took him by surprise, but he attributes it to Americans' love for a good Cinderella story.

People are rallying behind Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, who could be the first starting quarterback to earn the Heisman Trophy, win a national college championship and go on to win a Super Bowl.

"People are really getting behind this concept of like, 'Wow, he really did just win a national championship two years ago, and now this?' " Herman said.

"But you also have a lot of conversation celebrating a team that hasn't been to the Super Bowl in such a long time," Herman says.

Party platter

The U.S. is limiting avocado imports from Mexico. Don't worry, your gameday guac won't be affected

Posted February 13, 2022 at 7:16 PM EST
Avocados sit at a packaging plant in Uruapan, Michoacán, in 2016.
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Avocados sit at a packaging plant in Uruapan, Michoacán, in 2016.

Avocados — a staple for many parties, Super Bowl and otherwise — won't be coming to the U.S. from the Mexican state of Michoacán for a while.

The Mexican government says the U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided to pause safety inspections after a threat was made against one of its officials. The two countries have an agreement that USDA officials must inspect avocados before they are sent to the U.S.

In the last six weeks, Michoacán has exported more than 135,000 tons of avocado, according to the news release.

According to the USDA, Mexico dominates avocado imports into the U.S., accounting for 89% by 2018 — or 6 pounds per person.

While the news comes after most Super Bowl fans have already done their party planning, future get-togethers may have to do without avocados from Michoacán for a while.

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Who to know: Mickey Guyton, the singer of the national anthem tonight

Posted February 13, 2022 at 7:12 PM EST
Mickey Guyton performs the national anthem before Super Bowl 2022 begins.
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Mickey Guyton.

Country music artist Mickey Guyton was part of the ceremony to open the Super Bowl. Some quick facts about her:

Scoreboard

The Rams score the first touchdown of the game

Posted February 13, 2022 at 7:04 PM EST

It's 7-0, Rams. Odell Beckham Jr. has scored the first touchdown of Super Bowl 56 off of a pass from quarterback Matthew Stafford, giving Los Angeles an early lead in their home stadium. Rams kicker Matt Gay tops off the run with an extra point.

TV

Where to watch the Super Bowl online

Posted February 13, 2022 at 7:02 PM EST

Here are some options to stream the big game:

  • The NFL app — free
  • The Yahoo! Sports app — free
  • NBC properties, like the NBC Sports app and Peacock Premium — these will require some kind of paid account or an antenna

If you just want the halftime show, that's expected to start sometime after 8 p.m.

For the birds

Superb Owl 2022 MVPs

Posted February 13, 2022 at 7:01 PM EST

The Superb Owl is, quite literally, a Super Bowl for the birds. Coinciding with the big game, the day is a way for avian appreciators to honor the winged predators.

It’s also long been a punny way for jokesters to get away with riffing off of the NFL’s trademark name.

Perhaps most notably, comedian Stephen Colbert in 2014 milked the moniker in 2014 on The Colbert Report to mock the Super Bowl in his coverage without explicitly mentioning it in order to evade what he called "the wrath of a litigious NFL."

The birds, though, couldn’t give a hoot about trademarks. In honor of their special day, we’ve rounded up some fierce owls who are strutting their stuff from zoos around the country:

Spreading the word

The Super Bowl stage offers players a brighter spotlight. Some are using it to highlight their charitable organizations

Posted February 13, 2022 at 6:47 PM EST
Sam Hubbard, #94 of the Cincinnati Bengals, speaks during a fan rally ahead of Super Bowl LVI on Feb. 7. (Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
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The Bengals' Sam Hubbard speaks during a fan rally on Monday.

An estimated 117 million viewers are expected to watch the Super Bowl, and some of the players who will suit up want to share the attention with their charities and causes.

A glance through the Twitter accounts of Bengals and Rams players offers some examples of athletes using their platforms for a variety of purposes. Others are talking about their hometowns and alma maters.

Cincinnati hometown hero Sam Hubbard, for example, recently raised $85,000 for a local food bank.

Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp, the NFL's Offensive Player of the Year, released a limited edition T-shirt with proceeds being donated to Team Rubicon, an organization that mobilizes veterans to respond and recover from disasters and humanitarian crises.

The average NFL career lasts about three years, and many players never get the opportunity to play in a Super Bowl.

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Protips for the pro game

The Super Bowl guide for the football non-fans among us

Posted February 13, 2022 at 6:27 PM EST
Preparations are underway at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., the day before Super Bowl LVI. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)
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SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., hosts Super Bowl LVI.

It's possible to enjoy Super Bowl 56 without being a Rams fan, a Bengals fan — or any kind of sports fan.

Having a little bit of background about what's going on will help you keep up with the big game:

  • It's the Los Angeles Rams vs. the Cincinnati Bengals. If you like to root for an underdog, the Bengals are your team.
  • The halftime show will feature Southern California natives Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar, as well as Mary J. Blige and Eminem.
  • Both Rams and Bengals wide receivers could be candidates to break the record for most receiving yards in a Super Bowl.
  • Fun fact: It's the first time the Super Bowl is taking place during an Olympic Games.