The LA Rams justified the favourites’ tag and won Super Bowl LVI in a packed full SoFi Stadium on Sunday. In doing so and beating the Bengals 23-20, the Rams claimed their second Super Bowl triumph after getting the better of the Titans in 2000.
Cooper Kupp capped an impressive season with yet another superb performance and was named MVP for his efforts. The wideout caught the winning pass with under two minutes on the clock and sealed the game for the Rams.
The Rams Put Joe Burrow Under Constant Pressure
As it has often been the case, the Los Angeles Rams’ defensive front was the one that decided the biggest game of the season. Led by Aaron Donald and Von Miller, who got two sacks each, the Rams’ defense held strong and put the Bengals’ quarterback, Joe Burrow, under constant pressure.
Burrow guided the Bengals to their first Super Bowl appearance in 33 years, but the Rams limited his space as much as they could and that’s evident from the fact that he threw for 283 yards and three touchdowns. Although that’s decent for a young quarterback playing in his first Super Bowl, it wasn’t enough to outdo a determined and resilient Rams team.
Odell Beckham Jr. Left the Game Injured
However, the LA Rams didn’t cruise to victory. Even though they were in front at half-time and led 13-10 courtesy of two Stafford touchdowns, the Bengals managed to return in the game in the third quarter.
Odell Beckham Jr.’s knee injury in the second quarter might have contributed to the Bengals getting a lifeline and it seemed to have shifted the momentum of the game. The Bengals opened the third quarter with a Tee Higgins touchdown, his second of the game, and were suddenly in front.
Cincinnati then scored a field goal and were leading the game 20-13 which was reduced to a three-point lead going into the fourth quarter when Matt Gay scored his only field goal of the game.
MVP Cooper Kupp Was Key
It was in the fourth quarter that the Rams showed what they were all about, though. They continued putting pressure on Burrow and were calm and collected when it mattered the most.
The crucial play of the game probably happened five minutes before the end when the Rams offense converted a fourth down thanks to Cooper Kupp.
And then Cooper Kupp stepped up again. His most valuable contribution came with 1:25 on the clock. Stafford played one of his trademark passes to Kupp, and the wideout, who terrorized the Bengals during the entire game, had no problems turning that Stafford 1-yard pass into a game-winning touchdown.
Kupp ended the game with eight catches for 92 yards and two touchdowns. He was a deserving MVP winner on a night when Aaron Donald, arguably the best defensive player the NFL has ever seen, won his first Super Bowl ring, and when the Rams’ acquisition of Matthew Stafford (and offloading of Jared Goff) proved to be the right move.
Rams fans can now celebrate their well-deserved victory, but will also know that there’s a lot more to come from this team. Exciting times ahead if you are a Rams fan.
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