The uniform matchup for Super Bowl LVI is set, as the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams each announced on Wednesday what they’ll wear on Feb. 13.
As the designated home team, the Bengals have chosen their black home uniforms and white pants, which feature orange tiger stripes outlined in black, as well as orange socks.
Cincinnati has worn this combination just two times since it was unveiled last spring, including a loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Dec. 12 and win over the Las Vegas Raiders in the Wild Card round of the playoffs on Jan. 15.
This will mark the second time the Bengals have worn black jerseys with white pants and orange socks in the Super Bowl, joining their loss to the 49ers in Super Bowl XVI. The uniform is complete with the Super Bowl LVI patch on Cincinnati’s left shoulder.
The Rams, meanwhile, will don their white modern throwback uniforms, which combine various design elements from the Rams’ road look from 1973-99 with newer features like the number font, the ram head logo on the back collar and the patch on the left shoulder that displays their wordmark.
Los Angeles wore this specific combination two times this season, including a win over the Chicago Bears on Sept. 12 and loss to the Tennessee Titans on Nov. 7. The jersey made an additional appearance, albeit with blue pants, for the loss to the 49ers on Nov. 15.
That said, the Rams received permission from the NFL to wear the throwback uniforms rather than their bone-colored road set, which will make them just the second team to wear a throwback or alternate in the Super Bowl. The only other team was the 49ers, who were granted an exception for Super Bowl XXIX as the league celebrated its 75th anniversary season.
Los Angeles also technically wore throwback uniforms for its Super Bowl LIII loss to the New England Patriots, but those were actually considered the team’s dedicated home uniform that season and do not count.
The Rams are 1-2 in Super Bowls wearing white jerseys, including a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XIV, win over the Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV and loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI.
Unlike Cincinnati, Los Angeles has placed the Super Bowl LVI patch on the right shoulder, opposite of the aforementioned Rams patch on the left shoulder. That forced the team to move its captaincy patch to the left shoulder, as well.
Of note, 14 of the last 17 Super Bowls have been won by the team in white, including last year’s game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs. And like the Buccaneers one season ago, the Rams are also playing this year’s game in their home stadium.
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