If history really does repeat itself then we can expect the Cincinnati Bengals to edge out the Los Angeles Rams in a tight contest in Sunday's Super Bowl LVI.
The Bengals and Rams will meet for the 15th time in the NFL this weekend in what is by far and away the most significant matchup of the pair's series and you can follow this via our Sports Live Streaming
The Rams are 1/2 to walk away from SoFi Stadium with the Vince Lombardi trophy but the history of this fixture suggests it will be 17/10 Cincinnati who emerge victorious.
The Bengals have won three of the last five meetings and currently hold an 8-6 lead in the head-to-head battle.
The games have tended to be close, although their most recent encounter was a little more one-sided than the Bengals would have liked it to have been.
The landscape has changed a lot for both sides since they last faced off at Wembley Stadium in Week Eight of the 2019 season. Andy Dalton was the quarterback for the Bengals, while the Rams, fresh off losing the Super Bowl the year before, had Jared Goff under centre. The Bengals offence was at a low point at the time, leading to 10 points being the losing score for the fourth time in the last five meetings.
A few survivors still remain from the international encounter, which proved to be a landmark game for Rams' wide receiver Cooper Kupp. He put up career-best numbers of seven catches for 220 yards and a touchdown as he tore the Bengals secondary to shreds.
Bengals running back Joe Mixon also featured, scoring Cincinnati's only touchdown. Mixon and Kupp have remained prominent parts of their respective offences and are amongst the favourites to get in the end zone on Sunday.
Fingers crossed we get a Super Bowl as exciting as this encounter, staged at Rams' old LA haunt, the Anaheim Stadium. The Bengals streaked into an early 21-0 lead and were 28-14 ahead in the third quarter before the Rams started reeling them in.
Touchdowns from Damone Johnson and Cleveland Gary levelled the game before the two teams traded field goals in the final quarter to send the game to overtime. Having failed to score on their possession, the Rams gave the ball back to the Bengals, who promptly marched down the field to kick the winning field goal. The game is perhaps most notable for legendary Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason posting a career-high 471 passing yards.
If you are looking for past examples of the Bengals upsetting the Rams in Los Angeles then look no further than this Monday Night Football nail-bitter. The Rams were 11-3, had clinched the NFC West title and were expected to brush aside a Cincinnati side sporting a 2-12 record.
All was going to plan for LA as they took an early 13-0 lead, only for the Bengals to claw their way back into the contest to trail 16-14 at half-time.
A Frank Corral field goal gave the Rams a bit of breathing room but their inability to get much going on offence allowed the Bengals to stay in the contest. Cincinnati would eventually go in front with a Chris Bahr field goal and another three-pointer from Bahr, coupled with a Dick Jauron interception, clinched an unlikely road win for the Bengals.
Not a classic on the surface based on the scoreline and the 254 total combined passing yards the two teams managed but a contest packed full of incident nonetheless. It was a match that featured two safeties, one for either team and three missed field goals by Bengals kicker Horst Muhlmann, all of which proved crucial.
Having worked their back from 12-0 down in the third quarter, the Bengals looked to have forced the game into overtime with the Rams on their own 13-yard line with 35 seconds remaining. But when it really mattered, the Rams offence came to life.
Willie Ellison broke a pair of big runs before a 17-yard pass from Roman Gabriel to Lance Rentzel, coupled with a penalty against the Bengals, left the Rams in position to kick the winning field goal as time expired.