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56th Super Bowl Questions and Answers

The most important sporting event in the USA is coming up: the Super Bowl. The Cincinnati Bengals are playing the Los Angeles Rams. In a super modern, outrageously expensive stadium. There is also Eminem and Snoop Dogg – the most important questions and answers.

The Super Bowl is the final of the championship in the National Football League and will be played for the 56th time in a week – the official spelling is Super Bowl LVI with the Roman numerals. In the NFL, the 32 teams are divided into two divisions, the American Football Conference and the National Football Conference, AFC and NFC for short. Both conferences are represented by one team in the Super Bowl – the AFC this season by the Cincinnati Bengals, the NFC by the Los Angeles Rams.

At SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, an independent community south of Los Angeles, it is 3:30 p.m. on February 13 when the game begins – for German fans it starts at 12:30 a.m. on the night from Sunday to Monday.

  • How can I watch the Super Bowl?

The final will be shown on television on the free-to-air broadcaster ProSieben. The game can also be seen online: in the free stream on “ran.de”, with the fee-based Internet provider DAZN or with the fee-based Game Pass of the NFL. The Super Bowl can be seen there with the original US commentary, DAZN offers this as an option.

  • Why is the Super Bowl important?

American football is the most popular sport in the USA, and around 100 million people watch the Super Bowl on television. No other sporting event in the sports-loving country pulls people in like this one football game at the end of an NFL season. According to media reports, the broadcaster NBC received up to seven million US dollars this year for a 30-second commercial.

  • Everyone’s talking about the halftime show – why?

For a long time, halftime in the Super Bowl was nothing more than a stage for university marching bands – until Michael Jackson caused a revolution in 1993 and the age of halftime shows began as we know them today. Since then it has been an honor for the top stars of the music industry to be able to stand on stage in a football stadium for about 15 minutes. Among others, Madonna, The Rolling Stones and Prince have been responsible for the entertainment, last year the stage belonged to The Weeknd. Now comes the much-anticipated joint show of Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar.

  • What do I need to know about the Los Angeles Rams?

The Rams are only the second team in NFL history to play a Super Bowl at home, a year after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were first and also won the finals. The Rams’ coach is Sean McVay, who, at just 36, has a similar reputation in football to Julian Nagelsmann in football because of his age and skills. When the Rams made McVay their head coach in 2017, he was 30 years old. Quarterback is Matthew Stafford, who played for the Detroit Lions for 12 years prior to this season and never made the playoffs there. The best player on the team is defender Aaron Donald, who many experts even call the best professional football player in the league. The team last played in the Super Bowl three years ago. The 1995-2015 seasons saw the Rams call St. Louis their only home win – 22 years ago.

  • What do I need to know about the Cincinnati Bengals?

The Bengals are the surprise of the playoffs. At the end of last season, the team was still bottom of its division, now the team eliminated the Las Vegas Raiders, the Tennessee Titans and the Kansas City Chiefs in the playoffs. The Titans and Chiefs were clearly favored. Quarterback Joe Burrow has a big part in that. The 25-year-old is playing his second year in the NFL. In November 2020, a cruciate ligament rupture ended his season prematurely. Burrow played with pass receiver Ja’Marr Chase while still in college for Louisiana State University, and the connection between the two is great for the Bengals. The organization from Ohio has never won a Super Bowl. The previous two finals were lost to the San Francisco 49ers in 1982 and 1989.

  • Why is the SoFi Stadium special?

Five billion euros. According to estimates, the state-of-the-art stadium in Ingelwood cost that much money. It is by far the most expensive stadium in the world. In addition to the futuristic roof construction, which stretches across the entire site and makes the stadium a mixture of hall and arena, the 6500 square meter huge video wall, which is larger in length and width than the playing field, is particularly impressive, hanging under the roof and from is played on both sides. The stadium holds around 70,000 spectators.

  • Will Tom Brady play too?

The most successful quarterback in NFL history was eliminated with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the playoffs against the Rams – and ended his career last week. The 44-year-old playmaker has won the Super Bowl seven times in his outstanding career – no one else has more than five of the rings that are there for a win there. Because no active player in the league has more than one Super Bowl win, Brady’s record will stand for a long time to come, even though his last Super Bowl win came a year ago with the Buccaneers.

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