Why the Bengals are actually the ‘home team’ for Super Bowl 56 instead of the LA Rams


The Rams are set to make Super Bowl 56 history. They will face the Bengals at SoFi Stadium and become only the second team, along with the Buccaneers in 2021, to play a Super Bowl on their home turf.

However, that doesn’t mean they will be the designated home team for the game.

Oddly enough, the Rams are set to be visitors to their home stadium when Super Bowl 56 kicks off on Feb. 13, 2022. It’s no joke about the team’s lack of representation in one of their final games at home of the season. These are the NFL rules for picking the home team in the Super Bowl, which is technically played on neutral ground.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Home Team Super Bowl selection process.

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How is the home team chosen in the Super Bowl?

The method for choosing the local Super Bowl team is simple. He alternates from the AFC to the NFC from year to year.

A year ago for Super Bowl 55, it was the NFC’s turn to host the Super Bowl. As a result, the Buccaneers were the designated home team when playing at Raymond James Stadium, their usual home. However, that was pure coincidence, and now the Rams are on the other side of the coin.

Because the NFC was the home team of Super Bowl 55, it is now the AFC’s turn to be the home team of Super Bowl 56. As such, the Rams will be the visitors and it will be interesting to see how – if at all – this impacts the team.

The Rams were actually 7-2 on the road this season, better than the 5-3 mark they posted at home. Meanwhile, the Bengals split their results evenly, going 5-4 at home and 5-3 on the road. These trends don’t matter much given the Rams are the de facto home team in this game, but they’re interesting nonetheless.

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Does the home team count in the Super Bowl?

Yes, it is important for the uniform choice and the draw. Here’s why:


The home team chooses the uniforms they will wear during the Super Bowl. This will give the Bengals the option of wearing their colorful orange and black jerseys for the big game or choosing their white tops for this game. If the Bengals choose their orange and black jerseys, the Rams will have to wear white. If the Bengals choose white, the Rams will have to wear blue.

Some athletes have superstitions about certain uniforms, so maybe the Bengals will do what the Bucs did in 2021 and wear their white uniforms after finding success on the road. Either way, being the home team gives them choice in this area. And even if it doesn’t turn out to be consequential, it’s still a pick the Rams don’t have.


Oh yes. The beloved draw. The visiting team must call the coin toss at the start of the game and during extra time. This means they have direct control over their destiny, and if they win the opening draw, they can prepare to win the ball back either to start the game or in the second half, depending on what they want. choose.

Of course, a coin toss is a 50-50 proposition, so there’s no really an advantage to be able to call him. Still, it’s an advantage the Rams will enjoy, especially if the game ends in overtime, like many of these playoff games.

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Why are the Rams playing Super Bowl 56 at their home stadium?

The answer is simple. It’s pure coincidence that the Rams are playing Super Bowl 56 at their home stadium, as SoFi Stadium was selected to host the Super Bowl in 2017. The league couldn’t have predicted that the Rams would do this type of racing too far.

That said, the Rams had some luck with that, as SoFi Stadium was originally slated to host Super Bowl 55 before construction issues delayed its opening until 2020. NFL stadiums are scheduled to be open for two seasons before they could host a Super Bowl, so the league awarded them Super Bowl 56 instead and moved Super Bowl 55 to Raymond James Stadium.

Ironically, that benefited both the Buccaneers, who played at home in 2021, and the Rams, who do now. This change could be fortuitous for the NFC.


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