A Steelers fan’s takeaways after watching Super Bowl LVI
By Austin Lloyd
Following the Los Angeles Rams downing the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI, Pittsburgh Steelers fans certainly had a lot to take in.
And just like that, the 2021-22 NFL season has come to its grand conclusion. Super Bowl LVI was an entertaining one for millions to see Sunday night, and it all came down to a failed 4th down conversion that gave the Los Angeles Rams a 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Objectively, this year’s installment of the Super Bowl was a good one (regardless of what anyone may tell you). It was a competitive back-and-forth, and most unbiased individuals would probably tell you that the better team one–which it did.
But with all of that said, how do Pittsburgh Steelers fans view this thrilling outcome? Are they happy? Are they sad?
Well, the majority would overwhelmingly fall into the first category, as no Steelers fan wants to hear about the Bengals winning their first title for the next decade. It was because of that animosity that the phrase “go Steelers” was seen trending on Twitter right after Super Bowl LVI ended.
However, credit definitely has to be given to the Bengals. Those guys had a tremendous season; so tremendous, in fact, that not even the Steelers themselves have seen one like it in recent memory.
But despite that, this is exactly why I said that Cincinnati fans should just quiet down about how great their team was because you are never promised that you’ll be crowned a champion until you solidify yourself as the very best, and Cincy failed to do that Sunday night.
While we’re on the topic, let’s be real here: the Bengals never looked like the superior squad entering this game, at least not head-to-toe.
The Rams had the superior head coach, the more experienced quarterback, the better receiving corps, the better defense, and the much better line play. Did I mention that they were also playing in their home stadium?
In short, L.A. had everything necessary in humbling Cincinnati, and Steelers fans everywhere (myself included) greatly enjoyed watching it happen. While the Bengals may be better than their northern counterparts right now, their Super Bowl record of 0-3 tells a vastly different story in the eyes of NFL history.
Congratulations to the Los Angeles Rams on obtaining just their second Lombardi Trophy ever. And, sincerely, bravo to the Cincinnati Bengals on one heck of an effort this season. As a parting thought, I will provide Bengals fans with a saying that they know all too well: There’s always next year.