After two frenzied games on the Sunday of the championship, the Super Bowl is finally fixed: it will be the Los Angeles Rams against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Bengals are heading to the biggest game in the NFL after shocking the Chiefs in Kansas City on Sunday. The Bengals tied an AFC title game record by overcoming an 18-point deficit to beat the Chiefs in overtime, 27-24. The Bengals will go to the Super Bowl for the third time in franchise history and the first time in 33 years.
Although the Bengals will fly more than halfway across the country for the game, their opponent won’t fly anywhere and that’s because the Super Bowl is being played in the Rams’ stadium.
The Rams advanced by pulling off a strong comeback of their own against the 49ers. San Francisco led 17-7 in the fourth quarter, but the 49ers couldn’t hold on as the Rams raced back to shock the Niners 20-17.
The Rams will now become the second team in NFL history to play a Super Bowl at their stadium. The Rams will also face a Bengals team coached by Zac Taylor, who was on the Rams coaching staff when Los Angeles last appeared in the Super Bowl in 2018.
Here’s an overview of the playoff schedule along with the results of every game played so far.
Super Wild Card Weekend
Saturday January 15
- (4) Bengals 26-19 over (5) Raiders. The Bengals ended their 31-year playoff drought, but things definitely got dire before that happened. The Bengals victory was not clinched until Carr threw an interception from the Cincinnati 9-yard line with 12 seconds left in the game. In his first-ever playoff start, Joe Burrow threw two touchdown passes, while kicker Evan McPherson set a franchise record for playoff field goals with four.
- (3) Bills 47-17 over (6) Patriots. The Bills handed the Patriots a historic loss in a game that was never close. The Bills scored a touchdown on each of their first seven possessions, something never before done by any playoff team in the Super Bowl era. The Bills’ offensive blitzkrieg was led by Josh Allen, who threw for 308 yards and five touchdowns on a night the Bills totaled 482 yards.
Sunday January 16
- (2) Buccaneers 31-15 years and over (7) Eagles. The Buccaneers took a 31-0 lead in that game and never looked back. Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes, then the Tampa Bay defense did the rest with two interceptions and a sack from Jalen Hurts.
- (6) 49ers 23-17 against (3) Cowboys. The 49ers appeared to be on the verge of a blowout victory with a 23-7 fourth quarter lead, but then things took a dramatic turn after the Cowboys staged a furious comeback to cut the lead to 23-17. . However, the comeback narrowly fell through with the Cowboys’ final practice of the game ending at the San Francisco 24-yard line.
- (2) Chiefs 42-21 over (7) Steelers. The Steelers quickly took a 7-0 lead after scoring a defensive touchdown, but it’s all Chiefs after that. Patrick Mahomes threw for 404 yards and five touchdowns as Kansas City picked up a victory that will now set up a rematch with a Bills team that beat the Chiefs earlier this season.
Monday January 17
- (4) Rams 34-11 above (5) Cardinals. The Rams scored the first 28 points in that game and it’s never been close since. A big reason the Rams were able to take such a big lead is because the Cardinals offense fell on their face coming out the door. The first half was a total nightmare for an Arizona team that only rushed for 40 yards through the first two quarters while watching Kyler Murray throw a six pick.
Saturday January 22
- (4) Bengals 19-16 vs. (1) Titans. For the first time in 33 years, the Bengals return to the AFC Championship game. Although Joe Burrow was beaten in the game — he was sacked nine times — he still managed to throw for 348 yards to propel the Bengals to one of their biggest wins in franchise history. The Bengals wouldn’t have won this game without Evan McPherson, who scored four field goals, including the game-winner from 52 yards when time expired.
- (6) 49ers 13-10 on (1) Packers. The 49ers were able to pull off an upset in Green Bay thanks in large part to exceptional special teams play. Not only did the 49ers block a field goal in the game, they also returned a blocked punt for a touchdown to tie the game at 10 with just 4:41 remaining. Robbie Gould then hit San Francisco’s ticket to the NFC Championship with a 45-yard field goal when time expired.
Sunday January 23
- (4) Rams 30-27 on (2) Buccaneers. Tom Brady nearly pulled off another unlikely comeback, but Matthew Stafford mustered just enough magic in the final minute to lead Los Angeles to victory. At one point the Buccaneers were trailing 27-3, but they managed to tie it at 27 after a crazy fourth quarter. The Rams managed to escape with the win after Matthew Stafford connected with Cooper Kupp for a 44-yard play with less than 10 seconds left. The passing game set up a 30-yard field goal by Matthew Gay.
- (2) Counts 42-36 on (3) Bills. Patrick Mahomes threw for 370 yards and three touchdowns as the Chiefs managed to beat the Bills in what will likely be remembered as one of the most thrilling playoff games in NFL history. Mahomes hit Travis Kelce for an 8-yard TD in overtime to steal the win. Mahomes also crafted a 44-yard drive in the final 13 seconds of regulation to set up Harrison Butker’s 49-yard field goal, which tied the game and sent it to OT.
(4) Bengals 27-24 over (2) Chiefs (OT). The Bengals tied an AFC title game record by coming back from 18 points to shock the Chiefs in overtime. The Bengals got 250 yards and two touchdowns from Joe Burrow, but the biggest production came from kicker Evan McPherson, who scored four field goals in the game, including the game-winning 31-yarder.
(4) Rams 20-17 on (6) 49ers. The Rams trailed 10 points in the fourth quarter and looked almost done, but their offense came to life in a miraculous comeback where Los Angeles beat the 49ers 13-0 in the final 13 minutes and 30 seconds of the game. Cooper Kupp caught his second TD pass of the day in the fourth quarter and Matt Gay scored two field goals for the Rams, who beat the 49ers for the first time since 2018.
Super Bowl LVI
Bengals vs. Rams at Los Angeles, 6:30 p.m. ET (NBC)