NFL, Championship Sunday: Bengals and Rams will face off at Super Bowl LVI

🥶 Burrow & the #Bengals
⚡️ Mahomes & the #Chiefs
🌪️ Hurts & the #Eagles
🤩 Purdy & the #49ers

With a #SuperBowlLVII spot on the line, we’ve used @NextGenStats to analyze #CINvsKC and #SFvsPHI – two incredible, mouthwatering matchups. 🔥

#NFLPlayoffs
https://thegeniusplaybook.com/nfl-playoffs-battle-for-conference-championships/

.@SantaFe begin their #LigaBetPlayDimayor campaign tonight with a trip away to @JaguaresdeCord. 🔜

Former Wigan and Fulham striker Hugo Rodallega could make his first appearance for #SantaFe since returning to Colombia earlier this month.

#LigaDimayor 🇨🇴
https://thegeniusplaybook.com/liga-betplay-dimayor-returns-everything-you-need-to-know/

The #LigaProfesional returns. 🇦🇷

Defending #TorneoBinance champions @BocaJrsOficial were worthy winners last season, holding off a strong challenge from @RacingClub. Here’s their title-winning year in numbers. 👇

Can they repeat in 2023?

#BocaJuniors

🏈 Elite QBs
🏈 Game-changing skill players
🏈 Stacked rosters
🏈 #SuperBowl spot on the line

We’ve used @NextGenStats to analyze #SFvsPHI and #CINvsKC – two incredible, mouthwatering matchups.

#NFLPlayoffs

.@USC_Hoops upsets No. 8 @UCLAMBB. 🚨

A huge performance from Boogie Ellis (31 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists). He’s averaged 18.3 points per game in his last five, ranking him in the 98th percentile of all #NCAA players. 🔥

#Bruins/#Trojans shot charts below. 👇

2

USC Men’s Basketball @USC_Hoops

FINAL: USC 77, UCLA 64

BEAT. THE. BRUINS ✔️

#FightOn | @WellsFargo

Load More
Share this:

After the results of this week’s Conference Championship games, we now know the participants for Super Bowl 56. There may be nothing more Americana than the Super Bowl. We eat chicken wings; we watch football; and then on Monday, we trek back to the office, longing again for that special Sunday when nothing else other than football seems to really matter.

This weekend was no different, as the NFL continues to write dramatic headlines and provide unparalleled excitement.

Bengals continue dream run, top Chiefs in Overtime

If there is one thing that I have learned in these playoffs, it is to never doubt Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals trailed for much of this game, entering halftime down 21-10. The Bengals of lore would’ve just rolled over right there and then, but not these Bengals. Joe Burrow threw a two-yard touchdown pass to WR Jamar Chase, and followed up with a successful two-point conversion to tie the game late in the third quarter. Joe Burrow would go on to finish the game with 23/38 for 250 yards, with a CPOE (Completed Passes Over Expected) of +2.91%, tracked by Next Gen Stats. It was clear that this was to be his game, as he engineered an 18-point deficit to reach that tie.

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – JANUARY 30: Kicker Evan McPherson #2 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates with holder Kevin Huber #10 after hitting the game winning field goal in overtime against the Kansas City Chiefs to win the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 30, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)

Late in the fourth, trailing 24-21, the Chiefs would need to be ones to rally. And answer the bell they would. Harrison Butker nailed a 44-yard field goal as time expired to send the game to overtime.

The Chiefs, once again, won the coin toss and elected to receive, a decision that is often a death sentence for opposing defenses. The roar of the Arrowhead Stadium as the referee announced that the Chiefs had won the toss was as if Mahomes had already nailed the winning touchdown pass.

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – JANUARY 30: Quarterback Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs huddles with the offense in the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 30, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)

However, there would be no euthanizing of the Bengals on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium as QB Patrick Mahomes was picked off by Bengals’ Safety Vonn Bell on a third down pass attempt. Burrow drove the Bengals into field goal range where Kicker Evan Mcpherson would connect on a 31-yard field goal to win the game, sending the Bengals to their first Super Bowl since 1989.

Rams best 49ers, return to the Superbowl

NFL history has shown us that beating a single team three times in a season is a tall order for even the best teams. That rule proved true Sunday night in Los Angeles as the Rams avenged two previous losses to their division rival.

This game played out how many expected it would, with the Rams and 49ers exchanging blow for blow. The Niners looked like they had pulled ahead for good when QB Jimmy Garoppolo found TE Greg Kittle for a 16-yard touchdown pass to take a 17-7 lead. According to Next Gen Stats, the completion probability of Garoppolo’s pass was just 22.4%.

Inglewood, CA – January 30: Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, left, of the San Francisco 49ers throws a pass under pressure by defensive end Aaron Donald (99) the Los Angeles Rams in the first half of a NFC championship football game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood on Sunday, January 30, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)

The Rams, however, would be the ones to get the last laugh, after perhaps the most important play of the match with around 10 minutes to go. Rams’ QB Matthew Stafford fired a missile down field, looking for WR Van Jefferson. It was a hopelessly mistimed throw, and it looked to turn into a a costly INT as it sailed towards the arms of Jaquiski Tartt. With a 10 point lead, a turnover might well have been game-over for the Rams. But Tartt’s catch was unsuccessful, and Stafford breathed a sigh of relief.

Inglewood, CA – January 30: Quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) of the Los Angeles Rams celebrates a 16-year touchdown pass to wide receiver Cooper Kupp (10), as safety Jaquiski Tartt, left, of the San Francisco 49ers walks away during the first half of a NFC championship football game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood on Sunday, January 30, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)

The Rams went on to score 13 points unanswered, capped by a go-ahead 30-yard field goal from Kicker Matt Gay. The Rams will be playing the Super Bowl in their own backyard – only the second team to do so in NFL history (Tampa Bay being the other, last year) – aiming to add another Lombardi Trophy to their collection.

Share this:

Related Posts

NFL Playoffs: Burrow, Mahomes, Hurts and Purdy Battle for Conference Championships
After an incredible regular season, jam-packed with incredible games and jaw-dropping plays, the NFL...
The Most Incredible Plays of the 2022 NFL Season
As the NFL prepares to head into the playoffs, it’s a good chance to reflect. Whether it’s...
The Playbook NFL Power Rankings
The Playbook introduces our first ever NFL Power Rankings. Each week, teams will be ranked 1-32 based...

🥶 Burrow & the #Bengals
⚡️ Mahomes & the #Chiefs
🌪️ Hurts & the #Eagles
🤩 Purdy & the #49ers

With a #SuperBowlLVII spot on the line, we’ve used @NextGenStats to analyze #CINvsKC and #SFvsPHI – two incredible, mouthwatering matchups. 🔥

#NFLPlayoffs
https://thegeniusplaybook.com/nfl-playoffs-battle-for-conference-championships/

.@SantaFe begin their #LigaBetPlayDimayor campaign tonight with a trip away to @JaguaresdeCord. 🔜

Former Wigan and Fulham striker Hugo Rodallega could make his first appearance for #SantaFe since returning to Colombia earlier this month.

#LigaDimayor 🇨🇴
https://thegeniusplaybook.com/liga-betplay-dimayor-returns-everything-you-need-to-know/

The #LigaProfesional returns. 🇦🇷

Defending #TorneoBinance champions @BocaJrsOficial were worthy winners last season, holding off a strong challenge from @RacingClub. Here’s their title-winning year in numbers. 👇

Can they repeat in 2023?

#BocaJuniors

🏈 Elite QBs
🏈 Game-changing skill players
🏈 Stacked rosters
🏈 #SuperBowl spot on the line

We’ve used @NextGenStats to analyze #SFvsPHI and #CINvsKC – two incredible, mouthwatering matchups.

#NFLPlayoffs

.@USC_Hoops upsets No. 8 @UCLAMBB. 🚨

A huge performance from Boogie Ellis (31 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists). He’s averaged 18.3 points per game in his last five, ranking him in the 98th percentile of all #NCAA players. 🔥

#Bruins/#Trojans shot charts below. 👇

2

USC Men’s Basketball @USC_Hoops

FINAL: USC 77, UCLA 64

BEAT. THE. BRUINS ✔️

#FightOn | @WellsFargo

Load More