2021 Celebration Bowl was a college football bowl game played on December 18, 2021, with kickoff at 12:00 p.m. EST at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, with television coverage on  ABC. It was the highest attended and 6th edition of the  Celebration Bowl, and was the only one of the 2021–22 bowl games to feature FCS teams. Sponsored by wireless service provider Cricket Wireless, the game was officially known as the Cricket Celebration Bowl.
Each year, the Celebration Bowl matches the champions of the
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference against the champions of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. These are the two prominent NCAA Division I conferences of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
The game was played between the
South Carolina State Bulldogs, champions of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), and the Jackson State Tigers, champions of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).
South Carolina State Bulldogs
The Bulldogs of the MEAC clinched a berth in the Celebration Bowl on November 13;
they completed their regular season with a 5–0 record in conference play, 6–5 overall. This was the first Celebration Bowl appearance by the Bulldogs.
Jackson State Tigers
The SWAC was represented by the winner of the
SWAC Championship Game, the Jackson State Tigers, who defeated the Prairie View A&M Panthers by a score of 27–10 on December 4.