Super Bowl 56 features the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams, with the former returning to the big game for the first time since 1988 while the Rams look to make up for their 2019 Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots.
The one player who has captured the nation’s attention over this NFL season is Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, who hopes to add another championship to his resume. Burrow was recently named the Comeback Player of the Year.
Joe Burrow Super Bowl stats
Final update — Burrow finishes with 263 yards and a TD in his first Super Bowl and the Bengals lost 23-20 in a crushing one for Cincy fans. Burrow appeared to get hurt late in the game.
Fourth quarter update — Burrow has 237 yards and a TD going into the final drive with the Rams up 23-20 with 1:25 left in the game. Burrow can lead a game-winning drive that would effectively give him SB MVP, unless Higgins scores another TD, in which case he would be in line for MVP.
Third quarter update — Burrow has 221 yards with a TD through three quarters in his first Super Bowl. He’s in contention for MVP but isn’t the favorite at this point. It has to be Higgins with two TDs in a 20-16 game. We’ll see, there’s plenty of football left in this game.
Third quarter update — Burrow just threw a long TD down the sideline to Tee Higgins to start the second half. He’s up to 189 yards and a TD, so Burrow MVP bets are back on the table. Higgins may be stealing the show though and he was a long-shot bet to win SB MVP. He was 45/1 to win MVP prior to kickoff.
Halftime update — Burrow isn’t having a great start to the Super Bowl but hasn’t made any mistakes so far. He’s got 114 yards passing and no rushing yards, well, -1 rushing yards. So we’ll see if a big second half helps Burrow get into the SB MVP conversation if the Bengals take the lead.
Second quarter update — RB Joe Mixon stole some of Burrow’s thunder by throwing a TD pass to Tee Higgins to make it 13-10 as we approach halftime. Burrow is up to 99 yards passing but it’s looking like an uphill battle for him to win SB MVP. It’s good that the Bengals are in the game and this should continue to be close.
First quarter update — Burrow has 60 yards passing after the first quarter. He had a few chances to do something in the red zone to end the quarter but threw some more incomplete passes.
First drive for Bengals — It was a rough drive for both teams to start the game but the Bengals went for it on fourth down and, well ... Burrow went 1-for-2 on passes for 8 yards.