Your guide to watching the Super Bowl in Ireland
Super Bowl 56 takes place this Sunday, February 13, and even if you don’t watch the NFL every week, you’ll want to catch this year’s Super Bowl. There’s a real David vs. Goliath feel to this year’s showpiece event for the NFL as the Cincinnati Bengals take on the Los Angeles Rams. This may be a first Super Bowl for many new NFL fans in Ireland, so here’s a Super Bowl guide, a breakdown of the two teams, and information on where and how to watch the game at night.
If you want to cheer on the underdog, there’s no bigger underdog than the Cincinnati Bengals. They’ve been perennial losers for decades, consistently having one of the league’s worst winning records and rarely reaching the playoffs, but their fortunes began to change this year thanks to Joe Burrow.
In only his second season in the NFL, Burrow starred as the Bengals won 10 regular season games to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2015. Their wildcard win over the Las Vegas Raiders was their first playoff victory since 1991, then in the next round against the Tennessee Titans, Burrow was sacked 9 times and still found a way to win. The Bengals then upset favorite Kansas City Chiefs despite trailing 21-3 in overtime to reach their first Super Bowl since 1989.
If the Bengals won, it would be tantamount to Leicester City winning the Premier League. Pre-season most pundits had them losing more games than winning and nowhere near the playoffs, but all season they’ve proven the doubters wrong and might do it once. more this Sunday.
Los Angeles Rams
The Hollywood team is full of blockbuster talent, as you would expect. They actually reached the Super Bowl recently in 2019 where Tom Brady’s New England Patriots beat them 13-3. The Rams were a young team with a young coach at the time, but experience and star additions like Odell Beckham Jr, Von Miller and quarterback Matthew Stafford made the Rams favorites to win all this time.
The Rams had a slightly better record than the Bengals with 12 wins and 5 losses, but they have one of the best offenses in the league. Cooper Kupp at wide receiver was an outside shoutout for MVP this year as he had the most touchdowns and most yards in the NFL in the regular season. They also have an elite defense led by Aaron Donald, one of the best and strongest defensive linemen in NFL history and, along with Miller and Jalen Ramsey, they have one of the strongest defensive units. toughest in the NFL. With a young, offensive-minded head coach in Sean McVay, the Rams have been one of the most exciting teams to watch all season and are rightfully lucky to win it all on Sunday.
This year’s Super Bowl is actually taking place at the Rams’ home at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. If they win, they will be the second straight team to win the Super Bowl at their home stadium after Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year.
How to watch the Super Bowl in Ireland?
The Super Bowl will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event from 10 p.m. on Sunday, February 13. Kick-off will be at 11:30 p.m. and will continue until approximately 3:30 a.m.
The game will also be live on BBC 1 from 11:35 p.m., but the preparation for the game will be on BBC 2 from 11 p.m.
Where to watch the Super Bowl in Ireland
A big aspect of the Super Bowl every year is getting out and watching the game with other fans. There are a few events going on around Dublin, including those hosted by the Dublin Rebels football team and the UCD team, both on Harcourt St. and you can get tickets for them on Eventbrite. The Woolshed Pub on Parnell Street in Dublin and on Sheares Street in Cork are also set to show the match live.
In Belfast, there are a few events at the Botanic Inn and at The Deer’s Head, you can find tickets for either event on Eventbrite.