The Los Angeles Rams are headed to Super Bowl LVI — and hoping to become just the second team in history to win a Super Bowl in their own stadium after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers achieved that feat last year.
To get there, the Rams had to rack up plenty of wins during the regular season and knock out postseason opponents in every phase of the playoffs, including the reigning champion Bucs. The Rams will now take on the Cincinnati Bengals on Feb. 13, with LA heading into the game as 4-point favorites according to DraftKings Sportsbook.
To help you get ready for the big game on Sunday — and to learn all you need to know about the Rams — we turned to the experts at our team communities to find out what they learned when the teams they cover played LA this season.
Week 1: Rams 34, Bears 14
The Chicago Bears opened up the 2021 season in Los Angeles against the Rams on primetime, and the game went about how most analysts predicted it would. The Rams won 34-14 and it wasn’t even that close. Matthew Stafford’s fit into Sean McVay’s offense was evident right away and I knew after Week 1 that the Rams were going to be a problem and a legitimate Super Bowl contender. The Bears had no answer for LA’s offense and Cooper Kupp had his way all night as he put up seven catches, 108 yards, and a touchdown. Their running game that night featured Darell Henderson, but McVay can scheme up success for any of his tailbacks. Week 1 was also long before Odell Beckham Jr. landed on the team, so I can’t even imagine how out of hand that game could have gotten!
The Bears held Aaron Donald to just three tackles and he was sackless until the final minutes of the game, but his presence helped Justin Hollins pick up two sacks. The LA defense also picked off Bears’ quarterback Andy Dalton, but they also allowed the first rushing touchdown of Justin Fields’ career.
In a weird scheduling quirk, the Bears faced the Rams in Week 1. Then in Week 2 they squared off against the Cincinnati Bengals, and even though those two games were so early in the NFL season, you had a sense of the potential both those teams had….