Ramez and Bingles prepare for the Super Bowl films

The star-studded Los Angeles Rams will seek to deny the giant killer Cincinnati Bengals a Hollywood Super Bowl finish on Sunday as the intrigue-ridden NFL season reaches its climax.

The first NFL Championship game in the post-Tom Brady era saw the Rams play host in the glittering $5.5 billion SoFi stadium against the Bengals chasing their first Super Bowl title.

About 100 million Americans are expected to participate in the largest annual event on the American sports calendar, which kicks off at 3:30 p.m. local time (2330 GMT).

The perfectly written season finale will see a duel between two talented quarterbacks making their Super Bowl debut, with veteran Matthew Stafford facing rising Bengals star Joe Burrow.

A Bengals victory would complete one of the most striking transformations in NFL history.

Last season, the team finished with four wins and 11 defeats, slightly better than the 2019 season, which ended with a dismal 2-14 record.

Joe Cole, but under coach Zack Taylor, and thanks to Burrow’s No. 1 pick in 2020, the Bengals are a turn-around team.

A tough, never-dying post-season campaign that saw them colliding with the AFC top-ranked Tennessee, before another turbulence occurred on the road over the great Kansas City that closed its berth in the Super Bowl.

However, whether Burrow has been given the time and space to craft another issue in the Bengals is another question entirely.

A porous offensive streak allowed him to be fired nine times during a playoff game over Tennessee.

That’s a statistic that the Rams’ formidable defense, led by human wrecking ball Aaron Donald, the NFL’s top defensive player, and veteran passer von Miller, will note.

The house advantage is on the offensive side, meanwhile, the rams have more than enough weapons to pierce the Bengal defense.

Playing a Super Bowl fist, the 34-year-old has a host of goals to aim for, including Cooper Kupp, the NFL’s best wide receiver this season, and Odell Beckham Jr. And a Cleveland Browns receiver who has thrived since joining the Rams mid-season.

In addition to enjoying the home advantage, the Rams also have the benefit of getting the latest Super Bowl experience.

Several members of Sunday’s lineup were on the losing side when the Rams lost 13-3 to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl in 2019.

Rams head coach Shaun McVeigh, who turns 36 years and 20 days into the youngest head coach to win a Super Bowl after Sunday’s win, was upbeat after overseeing the team’s final run on Saturday.

“We’re very confident,” McVeigh said. “We are ready to go. There is a good look in their eyes.

“I think there’s an urgency, but I have a good feeling for this team. I’m excited to watch them go and do whatever they want.”

The Rams will play in front of a crowded crowd of 70,000, while the traditional half-time concert will feature the likes of Eminem, Mary J.Blige and hip-hop icons Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Kendrick Lamar.

The capacity crowd also contrasts with last season’s Super Bowl in Tampa, where attendance was limited to about 25,000 fans due to Covid-19.

As the wave of the Omicron variant recedes in Los Angeles, authorities are asking all attendees on Sunday to provide proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test, with mandatory concealment.

(AFP)

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