Super Bowl LVI: Cincinnati Bengals Take Lead in First 22 Seconds of Second Half
–(INGLEWOOD, Calif.) — Super Bowl 56 has turned in favor of the Cincinnati Bengals with two big plays all in the span of the first 22 seconds of the third quarter.
One quarter into the game, the Bengals had scored their first touchdown. Joe Burrow moved to his left and then to his right before tossing the ball deep to Tee Higgins. Tee caught it as Jalen Ramsey, a Rams cornerback fell. Higgins ran towards the goal zone for a 17-13 lead.
On the Rams’ first play to start the next drive, a pass from Matthew Stafford intended for Ben Skowronek bounced to Bengals cornerback Chidobe Awuzie at the Los Angeles 32.
Evan McPherson scored a field goal that put the Bengals ahead 20-13
The Bengals have eight postseason games thanks to this interception, more than the eight Green Bay Packers did in 2010.
The Super Bowl had about half as many hip-hop performers as it can handle, including Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg as well as Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar performing a fiery mix of their songs, as well as 50 Cent surprise guest appearance.
While it was rare to see a Super Bowl halftime performance in daylight, it had the feel of a nightclub at SoFi Stadium. A set that looked like South LA’s houses and Compton were used.
Dre and Snoop opened the show with “Next Episode” and “California Love.”
50 Cent, not among the announced performers, started his “In Da Club.”
While performing a number of her hits, Blige looked stunning in silver sparkles. She was also surrounded with backup dancers.
Eminem was surrounded by a rock band as he performed “Lose Yourself,” at one point taking a knee in apparent tribute to Colin Kaepernick’s protests.
It looked from the top like an illuminated cityscape, complete with vintage convertibles and a reproduction of the sculpture at the Compton Courthouse.
The crowd had lanyards with LED lights that flashed in coordination with the show’s beats.