Super Bowl Sunday is back for another showpiece event in the US – this time, in Los Angeles on the west coast. This season’s surprise package, the Cincinnati Bengals, will be facing the 2019 runners-up the LA Rams. When will the clash be starting in the UK?
The most highly-anticipated NFL match of the season will be kicking off on Sunday night, with a relatively unlikely duo of teams.
Heading into the season, the Kansas City Chiefs were massive favourites to claim another Vince Lombardi trophy.
The Green Bay Packers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were joint-second favourites to win the Super Bowl, but all three failed to make the showpiece event.
Instead, the Rams will be hosting the Bengals; a fitting climax to an incredible post-season campaign.
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The Rams were the sixth-most likely NFL team to win the Super Bowl in 2022, according to early betting.
The Bengals, meanwhile, were 29th in the rankings – only three teams had longer odds (Detroit Lions, New York Jets, and Houston Texans).
However, both the Rams and Bengals performed incredibly in their respective play-off matches, meaning they both progressed to the championship game.
It’ll be the second year in a row when a Super Bowl match will be played at the home ground of one of the competing teams, after last year’s winners, the Buccaneers, won in front of their home fans.
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What time does the Super Bowl start in the UK?
This year’s Super Bowl will get underway at 11.30pm UK time, which is 3.30pm in LA.
If you were thinking of staying up to watch the match, you’ll likely be feeling very sleepy on Monday morning.
A normal NFL match could last up to three hours, including the half-time break and stoppages.
But a Super Bowl match has an extended half-time break – owing to the world-famous Half-time Show – so you’ll probably have to dedicate four hours for the entire match.
That means we probably won’t know the winner of the Super Bowl until about 3.30am in the UK.
The Bengals have reached their first Super Bowl since 1988 this year, although they’re yet to win a title game in the franchise’s history.
The Bengals’ success has been largely attributed to Burrow’s incredible season – showcasing the talent that led him to the No 1 draft pick in 2020.
Meanwhile, the Rams will be hoping for their second Super Bowl win in the franchise’s history.
They last won the sport’s top prize in 1999, when the team was known as the St Louis Rams.