SUPER BOWL LVI GAMEDAY

Welcome to Super Bowl LVI! Super Bowl LVI will be played at SoFi Stadium located at 1001 Stadium Dr, Inglewood, CA on Sunday, February 13, 2022.

Gameday is almost here! Super Bowl LVI Ticketholders please click HERE for more gameday FAQs, Stadium details and specific information about the day of game schedule.

Attendees age 5+ must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative PCR test within 48 hours or negative antigen (rapid) test within 24 hours of the game.
Tests must have a name & a date, no at home tests without a name and a date will be accepted.
Attendees 18+ are required to display government issued ID as verification.
If using the CLEAR App for vaccine verification, an ID is not required
All attendees age 2+ are required to wear a face covering in SoFi Stadium or the Tailgate party (invite only) except while actively eating or drinking, regardless of vaccination status.
Certification of prior COVID-19 infection does not exempt attendees from the vaccination or negative test verification requirement.
For more information on these requirements, click HERE

*Protocols may change according to then-current public health guidance and applicable law

Plan your trip! For all the latest news and on attractions in Los Angeles during Super Bowl week visit LASuperBowlHC.com

Health and Safety Protocols for entry into the Stadium on Gameday

Fans will be required to comply with all LA County COVID-19 health and safety protocols to enter the Super Bowl LVI campus at SoFi Stadium. Updated protocols include, but are not limited to, a mandatory mask requirement in the Stadium for EVERYONE over 2 years of age regardless of vaccination status. Requirements are outlined below:

Super Bowl LVI Gameday Requirements:*

 

Actually, before we get to the pick, here’s a quick reminder to check out the Super Bowl picks from all of our other CBS Sports NFL writers, which you can do by clicking here. If that’s not enough Super Bowl content for you, then I recommend clicking here and checking out the Pick Six podcast on YouTube. Will Brinson, Ryan Wilson and I are spending the week in L.A. together and we’ll be putting out new podcasts every day, which means you get more of me, which I have to think is a good thing.

For our latest podcast, we ranked Super Bowl storylines, because Super Bowl week can’t start until you’ve ranked the storylines.

Also, since I’ll be in L.A. this week, feel free to start following me on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram, or none of them. I won’t be offended. By the way, as someone who has lived in both southern California and Cincinnati, let me just say that the two cities with teams in the Super Bowl could not be more different. Los Angeles has Botox while the closest thing they have to that in Cincinnati is Botox flavored ice cream at Graeter’s. In L.A., you’d get thrown in jail if you tried to put chili on your noodles, but in Cincinnati, you’ll get in trouble if you don’t.

Alright, I’m going to stop comparing these two cities because I’ve delayed long enough, let’s get to the Super Bowl pick. The faster we get there, the faster I can mentally prepare for all the hate mail I’m going to get from the fan base that I’m picking against. I love hate mail.

Super Bowl LVI Pick
L.A. Rams (15-5) vs. Cincinnati (13-7)
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET (NBC)
Location: SoFi Stadium (Inglewood, Calif.)

Latest Odds:
Los Angeles Rams -4
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It’s fitting that Cincinnati’s mascot is a cat because I’m 99% sure Joe Burrow is the closest thing to an actual cat that the NFL has right now. I mean, I’ve watched every snap he’s taken this season and I can say with almost absolute certainty that the man definitely has nine lives. Well, he HAD nine lives, but I think he’s down to about four after the season he’s had playing behind the Bengals’ offensive line.

Burrow was sacked more than any other quarterback this season (51 times), which is notable, because it marked the first time in NFL history that the most-sacked quarterback in the NFL led his team to the Super Bowl. Burrow gets sacked so often that I’m now more surprised when he doesn’t get sacked on a play.

For most teams, letting your quarterback get sacked 51 times would usually be a recipe for disaster, but not the Bengals and that’s because Burrow seems to thrive on getting beat up. Usually, when you put pressure on a quarterback, they tend to play worse, but Burrow somehow gets better.

Joe Burrow: 91.1 passer rating under pressure

1st among QBs 🐅 pic.twitter.com/B4lcKPVl0g

— PFF (@PFF) January 28, 2022
The only reason I’m bringing this up is because this could potentially negate the Rams’ biggest advantage in Super Bowl LVI and that advantage is that their defensive line should be able to destroy Cincinnati’s offensive line. The Rams have a human being on their team in Aaron Donald who is biologically designed to destroy opposing quarterbacks. If you told me he was 7% dinosaur, I’d believe it.

Donald might get six sacks by himself against the Bengals offensive line, but he won’t be alone because he’s going to have Von Miller, Leonard Floyd and plenty of other guys helping him pressure Burrow. Of course, if we’ve learned one thing about the Bengals this postseason, it’s that they can still beat you even if you destroy their offensive line. Just ask the Titans about that. They sacked Burrow NINE TIMES and somehow still lost the game.

If the Rams can’t sack Burrow, that could turn into a huge problem for Los Angeles because the Bengals’ biggest advantage in this game is definitely their receivers going up against the Rams’ secondary. Sure, the Rams have Jalen Ramsey, but he can’t cover everyone, although him trying to cover everyone might actually be the Rams’ best option on Sunday. Ramsey had the fifth-highest Pro Football Focus grade in the NFL this year, but no other defensive back in their secondary even ranked in the top 70.

LA Rams secondary defensive ranks in PFF Coverage grade (min. 20% snaps):

Jalen Ramsey: 87.0 (5th)
Dont’e Deayon: 68.3 (73rd)
David Long Jr: 61.1 (130th)
Taylor Rapp: 58.8 (151st)
Nick Scott: 58.7 (152nd)
Darious Williams: 58.5 (154th)

— Andrew Russell (@PFF_AndrewR) February 7, 2022
Basically, Joe Burrow might be the first quarterback ever to throw for 500 yards in a game where he gets sacked 19 times.

That being said, the Bengals secondary could also end up struggling and that’s mainly because they have to try to stop the one guy who no one has been able to stop this year: Cooper Kupp. The good news for the Bengals though is that the Rams are beatable even if Kupp has a huge game. Kupp’s magic number this year has been 125 yards: In games where Kupp has finished with 125 yards or more, the Rams have gone 8-0, but they’re just 7-5 when he’s been held under 125 yards. Basically, you don’t have to completely shut down Kupp to beat the Rams, you just have to make sure he doesn’t destroy you.

The Bengals are the underdog in this game, which might actually be a good thing, because underdogs are on a roll in the Super Bowl. Since 2010, underdogs of three or more points are 5-1 in the Super Bowl with the only loss coming from a Falcons team that BLEW A 28-3 LEAD (I am required by law to mention that blown lead in every Super Bowl pick I make for the rest of time).

I think this game ends in one of two ways: Either the Bengals win a close one in the fourth quarter or this turns into a replay of last year’s Super Bowl where one team’s quarterback gets so dominated by the other team’s defense that it turns into a blowout.

I’m going with option A.

As the son of a former Bengals kicker, I feel like the only way for me to go with this pick is to predict that it ends on a field goal by the current Bengals kicker, so that’s what I’m going to do.

SUPER BOWL LVI PICK: Bengals 27-24 over Rams.

Attendees age 5+ must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative PCR test within 48 hours or negative antigen (rapid) test within 24 hours of the game.
Tests must have a name & a date, no at home tests without a name and a date will be accepted.
Attendees 18+ are required to display government issued ID as verification.
If using the CLEAR App for vaccine verification, an ID is not required
All attendees age 2+ are required to wear a face covering in SoFi Stadium or the Tailgate party (invite only) except while actively eating or drinking, regardless of vaccination status.
Certification of prior COVID-19 infection does not exempt attendees from the vaccination or negative test verification requirement.
For more information on these requirements, click HERE
*Protocols may change according to then-current public health guidance and applicable law

Plan your trip! For all the latest news and on attractions in Los Angeles during Super Bowl week visit LASuperBowlHC.com

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Official Super Bowl LVI Ticket Packages
Exclusive Access from On Location

As the official hospitality partner of the NFL, On Location gives you guaranteed access to premium tickets, exact seat locations, and all-inclusive pregame experiences inside the security perimeter. On Location brings you up close and personal with NFL Legends and gets you down on the field to celebrate like the Super Bowl Champions after the game. Plus, On Location guests can enjoy the most exclusive VIP access with ELITE upgrades for SoFi Stadium suites.

Super Bowl Ticket Packages Available Now

Hotel Accommodations in Los Angeles for Super Bowl LVI

Don’t miss out on the excitement of Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles, book your accommodations via the NFL’s Official hotel reservation provider now! Visit: https://fanexperiences.nflonlocation.com/d/super-bowl-fan-housing for more details.

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Super Bowl Experience presented by Lowe’s will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Saturday, February 5 & Sunday, February 6 and again from Thursday, February 10 – Saturday, February 12. Celebrate the Super Bowl and the conclusion of the NFL’s biggest season ever!

Get autographs from your favorite players
Take pics with the Vince Lombardi Trophy
Test your skills in interactive NFL games and more!
Tickets start at just $20 and kids 12 and under attend FREE EVERY DAY. Visit nfl.com/sbxonsale to purchase your tickets today!

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NFL HONORS
NFL Honors is the National Football League’s annual awards show, recognizing the NFL’s best players, performances, and plays from the current season. The two-hour primetime awards spectacular will air nationally on ABC on Thursday, February 10, at 9 PM ET and 6:00 PM PST. The 2022 Hall of Fame class will be introduced for the first time and the NFL and The Associated Press will announce their annual honorees with NFL Legends and other celebrity appearances throughout the night. For transportation details for ticketholders, please check back closer to the date of the event.

TASTE OF THE NFL | PARTY WITH A PURPOSE
A high energy, palate-pleasing party with a purpose 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM PST at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Taste of the NFL is a strolling food and wine event featuring more than 32 restaurant stations, one from each NFL city, providing fabulous food and wine pairings for guests to sample. There is also an NFL player (either current or alumni) seated at each food station. Created to raise awareness and funds to support hunger and food insecurity.

GENYOUth is proud to be partnering with the NFL to take this remarkable event to the next level to support the 1 in 4 children in the U.S. who are food insecure. The evening includes a silent auction as well as surprise performances by nationally-acclaimed artists.

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