Super Bowl 56: LA Rams to host Bengals at home stadium

They are the games within the big game. Wagering comes in many forms when it comes to the Super Bowl.

One of the favorite plays is Super Bowl squares. The object is to have the square that matches up to the score of the last digit of each team at the end of every quarter and the final score.

The payouts come at the end of each quarter, and the final score. You don’t have to be a football fan to win this contest. Just takes some luck and the right score.

Below is a Super Bowl squares template for this edition of the game — 56 — that will feature the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals on Feb. 13 at SoFi Stadiim if you want to start your own contest if you haven’t joined many already.

How to play
Each square has a corresponding row and column number. At the end of each quarter, look to see if those two numbers match the end digits of each team’s point total. An example: after the first quarter if it is Rams 10, Bengals 7, then the player with the square that corresponds with 0 for Los Angeles and 7 for Cincinnati is the winner.

Format
The setup for Super Bowl squares is simple. A pool consists of 10 vertical columns and 10 horizontal rows thatched together and numbered from zero to nine. One Super Bowl team gets the columns and the other gets the rows. Each of the 100 squares inside is purchased individually.

How to win
At the end of every quarter, the person whose square corresponds with the second digit of each team’s score wins (for example, a 14–7 score at the end of the first quarter pays out the owner of the square at row 4, column 7). Often, if a square is unowned, you can roll over the money to the next quarter.

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With Super Bowl 56 two weeks away now, and with both championship games out of the way, we have the final two teams remaining for the big game. These two teams combined have a total of 5 players from Florida football, as well as 5 from LSU on the active rosters. The rivalry between SEC competitors is already well noted by fans, however, it continues even at the NFL level on the biggest stage in American football.

These players are split pretty evenly among the teams, with the Bengals having 3 of each and the Rams having 2 of each. The players are some of the biggest playmakers in their respective games as well, the two teams making up 2 of the top 3 receivers on the Rams, and LSU having the QB1 and WR1 on the Bengals. So to cover this, we will give a short summary of the players on each team and their impact thus far.

 

Bengals – 3 LSU – 3 Florida football
LSU football players on the Bengals: QB1 Joe Burrow, WR1 Ja’Marr Chase, DT Tyler Shelvin
The LSU Tigers make up the big-name duo that has gotten the Bengals this far into the playoffs, that being Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase. Burrow has had a phenomenal year coming off an injury in 2020-2021 and has been top 10 this season in passing yards, passing touchdowns, completion % (#1 in QBs with more than 100 attempts), and yards per attempt (#1 in QBs with more than 50 attempts). Then Chase, who is essentially the lock for OROY even prior to the playoffs, has had an absolutely stellar rookie season with 1,455 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns, on top of a pro bowl selection and all-pro second team nomination. Finally, Tyler Shelvin, a rotational defensive end for the Bengals who played in 3 games this season, took 49 snaps.

 

Florida football players on the Bengals: K1 Evan McPherson, Vernon Hargreaves III CB5, and Fred Johnson RT2
The Gators are somewhat less notable on the Bengals, aside from shooter McPherson, the player who got the Bengals to the AFCCG and Super Bowl in the first place with his exceptional kicking ability. It doesn’t get any more clutch than 100% from extra points and field goals in the playoffs, which Evan has done so far, being 12/12 from field goals and 4/4 from the PAT spot. Vernon Hargreaves has been a good depth piece for the Bengals, as has Fred Johnson on his limited snaps, and have both played adequately in their time with the Bengals.

Rams – 2 LSU – 2 Florida football
Florida football players on the Rams: Van Jefferson WR3 & Brandon Powell ST
The two Gators on the Rams have played a large role this season, each in their own right. As mentioned in a previous article, Van has had 802 yards in the regular season in 2021, and 6 touchdowns, on a 56.2% catch rate. Jefferson has been a crucial WR2/3 with the addition of Odell Beckham Jr., and has been a great option for Matthew Stafford to turn to when his first two options are covered. Brandon Powell has been a solid special teams addition for the Rams, hauling in 6 punt returns for 133 yards and a touchdown, as well as 8 kick returns for 208 yards.

 

LSU football players on the Rams: Odell Beckham Jr. WR2 & Andrew Whitworth LT1
The two LSU players remaining in the NFC are two major players for the Rams, firstly being Odell Beckham Jr. The former Cleveland Browns and New York Giants receiver made his move to the Rams after being cut by the Browns, and he has seemingly somewhat returned to form with Los Angeles. Beckham has had 305 yards and 5 touchdowns during the regular season for the Rams, and 236 yards and a touchdown during the playoffs so far. Then Andrew Whitworth, the 40-year-old left tackle from LSU has been phenomenal throughout his whole career for the Rams and finally gets another shot at a Super Bowl title to cap off his immense legacy, most importantly, against his former team in the Bengals.
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Matching the biggest comeback in an AFC championship game, the Bengals rallied from an 18-point hole to stun Kansas City 27-24 in overtime Sunday for their first trip to the big game since the 1988 season. The team that won only two games in 2019, earning them the top overall draft pick that they used on quarterback Joe Burrow, pretty much dominated the Chiefs after the first quarter.

Rookie Evan McPherson made a 31-yard field goal to win it.

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Then the Rams overcame a 10-point second-half deficit and took the NFC crown with a 20-17 victory over San Francisco when Matt Gay made a 30-yard field goal with 1:46 remaining. Los Angeles (15-5) had lost six consecutive times to the 49ers (12-8), but the visitors couldn’t slow All-Pro receiver Cooper Kupp. Safety Jacquiski Tart dropped a certain interception in the fourth quarter that helped LA tie the game.

Kupp finished with 11 catches for 142 yards and two touchdowns.

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.

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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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On Sunday, Burrow led them back and McPherson, making like a 10-year veteran, kicked four field goals in the game, including the winner after Vonn Bell’s interception of Patrick Mahomes on the opening series of overtime got Cincinnati the ball.

“We’re made for this moment. We never quit,” Bell said. “Never quit fighting. We’re a resilient group.”

The other 18-point rally in the AFC championship game came in the 2006 season when Indianapolis beat New England 36-34. Burrow can take note that the quarterbacks in that contest were Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

“We’ve overcome a lot of deficits this year,” coach Zac Taylor said. “We always believe in all three of our phases. Everyone stepped up. We’re not done yet.”

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Ross Local Schools and Roger Bacon High School have also called off school on Feb. 14, with other school leaders leaving hints that they may do the same.

The CPS announcement came after board member Mike Moroski tweeted that he had put in a request to have Feb. 14 off for staff and students.

“I think it’s pretty super likely,” Moroski told The Enquirer Monday morning. “It’s kind of a no-brainer I think.”

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Moroski said the district typically has Super Bowl Monday off for students, but when the NFL changed its schedule this year, the district’s off days did not align with Super Bowl weekend.

But his request became reality Monday afternoon when CPS administrators sent out a districtwide message to families and staff, complete with the Bengals “Who Dey” chant: “”Who Dey! Who Dey! Who Dey Think Gonna Beat Dem Bengals? Nooooobody!”

“We hope that you enjoy Roaring the Bengals to a win on Sunday and take this time to take pride in our incredible city and amazing football team,” the message reads.

Roger Bacon High School pulled the trigger Sunday night, within an hour of the Bengals’ win against the Kansas City Chiefs that set them on the road to the Super Bowl: no school on Super Bowl Monday.

Principal Steven Schad wrote a note to families and the St. Bernard-based school posted the announcement to Twitter. Soon after, other teachers, parents and students from neighboring school districts started asking if they’d get the same celebratory day off.

Ross Local School District Superintendent Chad Konkle also tweeted Monday that his district will use a calamity day on Feb. 14 “in celebration of the Cincinnati Bengals advancing to the Super Bowl.”

Monroe Superintendent Robert Buskirk was tagged in a similar request Sunday night, and responded with: “Hmmmm…”

 

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