Rams Edge Bengals to Win Super Bowl LVI

Tomas Curcio, Staff Writer

The 2021 NFL season has concluded with the Super Bowl LVI victory of the Los Angeles Rams over the Cincinnati Bengals with a score of 23-20.

This match became the second Super Bowl game to ever have one of the playing teams competing on their home field, with it taking place at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.

Beginning with the Rams in the lead by 13-3 at the beginning of the second quarter. Odell Beckham Jr., who had scored the first touchdown for the Rams, left the field in the second quarter due to injury. By the end of the third quarter, the Bengals found themselves 20-16 up on the Rams.

A one-yard touchdown by the Rams to reach 23-20 marked the conclusion of the game, with only less than two minutes remaining on the clock.

For the Rams, this second Super Bowl victory comes 22 years after their first one in 2000 against the Tennessee Titans, when the team had resided in St. Louis instead of Los Angeles.

Outside of the actual main attraction, singer Mickey Guyton kicked off the sporting event with a performance of the national anthem, becoming the first black female country singer to perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl. 

The Super Bowl also included — as always — the iconic halftime show that focused on a 90s hip-hop ‘through the ages’ throwback, featuring rappers such as Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Bilge, Kendrick Lamar and surprise appearances by Anderson Paak and 50 Cent. The performance also notably included two deaf rappers, Sean Forbes and Warren Snipe, who offered American Sign Language interpretations of the music.

In between pauses of play, Super Bowl advertisements entertained viewers with sneak peeks at upcoming films and series, such as “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” “Nope,” “Bel-Air” and many more, for the pretty penny of $6.5 million to $7 million for 30 seconds, an increase from the $5.5 million the year previous. 

The Super Bowl ads also focused on nostalgia, celebrity appearances and a plethora of crypto-currency advertisements — something new for the advertising block. Exchanges such as CoinBase and FTX aired advertisements that pushed viewers to join in on the recent crypto-currency fad.

The next NFL season will begin on Sept. 8, with a kickoff game including the defending Super Bowl champions, the Los Angeles Rams, competing against a yet to be determined team.