NFL Playoffs Recap

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Armstrong Tang, Opinions Editor

It’s that time of the year again; after hard-fought battles and slim victories, the Bangles and the Rams are the two teams going to the Super Bowl. Both teams had incredible runs through their divisions. These teams had the best showing in recent playoff history, and the Superbowl should be no different. The Bangles having an almost unbelievable postseason, barely clutching out so many wins, there was never a dull moment. There was likely never any doubt from fans, however. Superstar Joe Burrow has been on fire for Cincinnati this season, and he came to play for the playoffs. However, the all-star lineup of the Rams will not be easy to beat. L. A was not without their fair share of close games. However, the team is very solid and consistent. The Superbowl will be an exciting matchup for sure.
Almost every game played by the Bengals during the playoffs was close and exciting. Never a dull moment in any of the games. However, while the team proved their clutch factor and determination, these exciting games showed a very inconsistent team. Many weaknesses and holes in the group are apparent. The inability for Cincinnati to make solid passes will likely play a factor in the outcome of the game. The Rams are just overall looking better off. While the Bengals have a powerhouse of an offense, defense is still lacking in many areas, and the Rams look better overall. Not to mention tight end CJ Uzomah will be potentially unable to play during the Superbowl. In the end, the Bengals are just a shaky team, and many of their wins were heart stoppers.

The new face of the Bengals, Joe Burrow, celebrates his AFC championship win (Albert Cesare, The Enquirer)

The Rams had a more one sided-approach to their games. The only nerve-wracking one was the AFC championship game against the 49ers. Even in this game, though, the Rams played with a solid head and got the win. They also had a close run with the Bucs, Tom Brady leading a familiar comeback; however, Bengal’s defense stopped that. The Rams seem overall more Superbowl-ready.
This will be the Rams’ fifth Superbowl appearance, the fourth being four seasons ago in 2018. Of their four previous appearances, they have one ring. The Rams have been an underrated team for a while now, and they have come to prove themselves. The players are hungry for a win. On the other hand, the Bengals have never had a Superbowl win and have only been to the Superbowl on two different occasions. The Bengals have had a serious turn-around season, making the team that much more charming.
That is why Ronit Shegal (12) is rooting for the Bengals. He thinks,” They have an incredible story. Last year they were at the bottom of the AFC, you know, and they have like a Cinderella kind of story.” And not just the Bangels, like so many others, he has become fond of Joe Burrow. He found the Bangels Buccaneers game to be his favorite, “There was almost another Tom Brady comeback, but it got stopped.” Jack Barmann (11) is also rooting for the Bengals simply because, “Joe Burrow- he’s got IT.” Jeffery Felshaw (12) is again rooting for the Bengals because of Burrow, this postseason has even converted him, “I stay loyal to Washington and the Falcons, but I like Joe and the Bengals more.”

A different opinion comes from Isiah Mideau, an actual Rams fan. He says he wouldn’t have this Superbowl matchup be any different. However, when it comes down to who will win objectively, Isaiah thinks, “I think the Bengals will win, but it will be a close game.”, which was the opposite of the consensus of those rooting for the Bengals. Maybe the more you want a team to win, the less confidence you have in them.

POST-SUPERBOWL ADDITION: The showdown could not have been closer. The game was exciting throughout the entirety of its runtime. And while the majority did not favor the outcome, the west coast and the Rams had a great time on Sunday. At any rate, I believe the Bengals and Joe Burrow are just getting started, and we will be seeing more from them.