Super Bowl LVI took place at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., on Feb. 13, with a pre-show featuring a stately performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (a hymn widely considered to be the “Black national anthem”) by Grammy-winning gospel duo Mary Mary, a lilting rendition of “America the Beautiful” by critically acclaimed alternative/soul singer-songwriter and L.A. native Jhené Aiko, and the national anthem sung by breakout country star Mickey Guyton.
Earlier this week, Guyton had told the New York Post, “It’s Black History Month, and a Black country singer gets to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl. Wow. This is a huge moment for me. It’s a huge moment for Black people. And I want to represent that in the best possible way that I can.”
However, the huge moment was marred by an unfortunate flub, when Guyton was captioned incorrectly, identifying her as another woman of color, Aiko — and fans on Twitter immediately called out NBC for the egregious error.
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The Rams tried to have Cooper Kupp throw. to a wide-open Matthew Stafford on third down in Bengals territory. and it didn’t work.
Kupp sailed the pass of Stafford’s head and the Rams had to settle for a 41-yard field goal by Matt Gay to cut Cincinnati’s lead to 20-16.
The Rams had been moving the ball before the trick play, but a two-yard loss on a 2nd and 3 run play led to Sean McVay dialing up the misdirection. Odell Beckham Jr. is not likely to return to the game for the Rams after his left knee injury, so the Rams need someone to step up in his place.
– Nick Bromberg
Bengals take a 7-point lead, early third
Evan McPherson’s cool might be second only to Joe Burrow on the Bengals.
The rookie kicker has been absolute money this season, but especially in the playoffs, where he’s a perfect 14 of 14 on field-goal tries, extending that mark with a 38-yard kick to give Cincinnati a 20-13 lead.
The Bengals’ offense bogged down after the Awuzie interception, but McPherson picked them up with another three points, his second field goal of the Super Bowl.
Oh, and McPherson wasn’t about to miss the halftime show.