Super Bowl 2022 predictions: What matchup do fans want to see?

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According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, a total of 40 percent of respondents want to see the Kansas City Chiefs against the Los Angeles Rams (-4.5)
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in Super Bowl 56 next month.

It’s a quarterback-driven league and watching the best AFC quarterback remaining (Patrick Mahomes) against the best NFC quarterback remaining (Matthew Stafford) would be a lot of fun. And, honestly, this could very well be a question of who wins in the AFC Championship and NFC Championship games — the Chiefs are favored by a touchdown and the Rams are favored by more than a field goal, according to DraftKings Sportsbook.

Coming in second with 26% of votes is Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals (+4.5)
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taking on the Los Angeles Rams. Next at 23% of votes is the two underdogs, with the Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers squeaking it out tomorrow. And the matchup fans least want to see at 11% of votes? The Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers — presumably because that’s the game that provides the lowest likelihood that we’d have a competitive, close game.

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NFC

In a brutally physical game also highlighted by some clutch plays from Kupp and fellow All-Pro receiver Deebo Samuel of the 49ers, Matthew Stafford went 31 for 45 for 337 yards passing to get to his first Super Bowl. The Rams got there in the 2018 season, but lost to New England.

“We got one more at the home stadium, let’s get it done,” Stafford said.

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Samuel wound up with four receptions for 72 yards and a 44-yard score. He rushed for an additional 26 yards.

AFC

The Bengals (13-7) reached their third Super Bowl; they lost to the 49ers in 1982 and 1989. Kansas City (14-6) hosted its fourth straight AFC championship contest, and is 2-2 in those. The Chiefs won the NFL title two years ago.

Cincinnati, winner of the AFC North, hadn’t won a postseason game since 1991 before beating Las Vegas, then earned a road victory in the playoffs for the first time in franchise history when it eliminated top-seeded Tennessee. The AFC West champion Chiefs routed Pittsburgh and then won a classic in overtime against Buffalo to get to their fourth consecutive conference title game.

“We’ve been a second-half team all year,” said Burrow, who missed six games in his rookie season with a knee injury. “You don’t really want to be that way, but that’s kind of how it’s worked out. Our defense really stepped up in the second half and on offense we made plays when we had to. … It was just a great overall team effort.”

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When Khalil Kinsey saw his family’s private African American Art & History Collection on public display at SoFi Stadium on the first day of Black History Month, he knew it had the potential to open hearts and minds by enlightening and ultimately inspiring change.

The award-winning gallery is billed as the historical representation of black contribution and achievement in America, with the earliest piece in the collection dating to 1595.

“So much of our history is still ongoing,” Kinsey said. “It is important for us to understand that’s true in everyone’s life.

“What we are saying when it comes to the African American story is something that should be illuminated more. It’s something that should burst into human and American consciousness because it is that important and that powerful and that beautiful.”

Kinsey acknowledges much progress has been made but believes there’s more to be made. He believes understanding from various viewpoints will equip society to move forward in the future.

Meanwhile, with more than 70 works of art and historical documents in the exhibition, Kinsey, who is from Los Angeles, said it is hard to choose favorites because he believes every piece is important and significant.

Whether it’s a 19th-century portrait bust of a slave boy or poet Phillis Wheatley’s 1773 first edition book, the curated experience is a journey through Black History.

The Kinsey African American Art and History Collection highlights the little-known fact that despite being enslaved in the Americas as a child from West Africa in the 1760s, Wheatley became the African American author of a published book of poetry.

“12 to 14 million Africans stolen from Africa permeated the whole western hemisphere but only 400,000 came to what became the United States / North America. When you think about everything from Patagonia (in South America), all the way up to North America, there’s a huge black presence,” Kinsey continued.

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