Super Bowl 2022 live: News, updates and highlights from Tuesday as the Rams and Bengals prepare for Sunday
It’s Day 2 of Super Bowl week, with the Cincinnati Bengals arriving in Los Angeles on Tuesday. We’ll hear from the players and coaches of both teams again and who knows what surprises are in store for us as we inch closer to Sunday’s big game.
Super Bowl week officially kicked off Monday with “opening night.” Before Sunday’s game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams, players and coaches from both teams spoke with reporters about literally everything. From a recap of their NFL journey to nicknames to a breakdown of what’s going to happen between the lines on Sunday at SoFi Stadium, these are some of the funniest interviews we get in the NFL.
For the second year in a row, these interviews were conducted virtually, unfortunately. Still, there were plenty of fun opening night moments. From injury updates to press conferences from old friends, there was a lot to digest.
Let’s take a look back at some highlights from Monday night. Then keep scrolling down for Tuesday’s latest updates and analysis.
“Work in silence”
One of the best moments of opening night came in the morning. Bengals star quarterback Joe Burrow was asked what advice he would give young athletes. Here is what he said:
“Focus on improving yourself,” Burrow said. “Don’t do a workout and post it on Instagram the next day, then sit on your butt for four days, and everyone thinks you’re working hard, but you really aren’t. Work in silence. Don’t show everyone what you do. Let your game on Friday nights, Saturday nights and Sunday nights show all the hard work you put in. Don’t worry about all those social networks.
Cincy didn’t need any historic playoff motivation
Few expected to see the Bengals make it to Super Bowl LVI, but here they are. They are one of a dozen NFL teams to never win a Super Bowl and entered this season with eight straight playoff losses. Despite the drought, Bengals head coach Zac Taylor didn’t use that as motivation for his team. These Bengals are not the Bengals of old. They are there to build their own legacy.
“We never even really talked about the playoff drought once,” Burrow said on opening night. “We have a young squad that doesn’t really understand the historical significance of what we’re doing. We’re just out there playing football and we’re getting better while we’re doing it.”
CJ Uzomah doesn’t miss the Super Bowl
The Cincinnati tight end sprained his MCL against the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game, but there’s no way he’s missing the most important game of his life. Uzomah had a medical update on Monday, and it looks like he’s playing.
“It’s the Super Bowl. I’m doing everything I can,” Uzomah said. “I don’t really care how I feel, to be honest, when I’m there. … I don’t miss the biggest game of my life. I don’t miss it. That’s my approach every day rehab. If I wake up and I’m like, ‘Oh man, that’s a little sore’, it doesn’t matter. As soon as I walk into this building, as soon as I put my feet on the pitch, it’s time. Let’s start this rehabilitation. Let’s do everything I can to make sure I’m ready and available to play, so that’s kind of where I think.
In fact, when Uzomah addressed the Bengals crowd at their farewell party, he did this:
Evan McPherson wants to kick a winning FG
Rookie phenom Evan McPherson has thrown two game-winning field goals in a row, and he wants to make it three. McPherson spoke about the impact the legendary Adam Vinatieri had on his career despite never meeting him, and how he wants to stay clutch.
McPherson hasn’t missed a kick this postseason (16/16 overall). These are the most clear kicks by a kicker in a single postseason.
Jarvis Landry crashes Odell Beckham Jr.’s press conference.
Odell Beckham Jr. had a crazy season. It started with the Cleveland Browns and ended with the Rams in the Super Bowl. During his Monday media availability, his former college and Browns teammate Jarvis Landry crashed the session.
It actually created quite an emotional moment. Check it out:
“You deserve this moment,” Landry said. “You have spent countless hours where you are today and I have witnessed it all first hand. You have scars to show for where you are today. It is a dream you are transforming actually and i wanted to come here and just let you know that i’m proud of you bro that so many people are supporting you every step of the way bro keep using your light keep being a blessing to others .
“I love you and go get that ring. Go get that ring!”
Best defensive back in the league
Some see Rams star cornerback Jalen Ramsey as the best corner in the league, but he thinks he’s better than that! On Monday, Ramsey said he thought he was the best corner in the league, but quickly corrected himself to say the best defensive back.
Expulsion of Wild Bengals
The Bengals were still in Cincy on Monday night, enjoying a party with their fans before flying to LA