Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp won the game’s MVP after scoring two touchdowns on a 92-yard reception; Odell Beckham Jr. leaves the game early due to a knee injury; Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow was sacked seven times, tying the game’s single-game record.
The Los Angeles Rams rallied from a 20-point deficit to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI in dramatic manner, capturing the Vince Lombardi Trophy following a 23-20 victory at home in SoFi Stadium.
Story of the Game
With 6:13 left, Matthew Stafford guided the Rams on a 15-play, 79-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp.
With 1:25 left, Joe Burrow and the Bengals got the ball back, but the Rams pass rush repeatedly got home in the second half, and Aaron Donald delivered the game-ending blow.
Burrow was sacked 51 times in the regular season and nine times in the playoffs, but he was only dropped once in the first half by the feared Rams pass rush, with Donald missing one tackle. The Bengals quarterback was sacked seven times in the second half, with Donald recording two sacks, three QB hits, and two tackles for losses.
Stafford launched touchdown passes to Odell Beckham Jr. and Kupp to give the Rams a 10-point lead early in the second quarter. Beckham, though, left the field with a knee injury and did not return.
The Bengals got within three of the Rams by halftime, thanks to a 75-yard touchdown pass from Joe Burrow to Tee Higgins. But Higgins escaped a penalty flag after allegedly pulling on CB Jalen Ramsey’s facemask on the play.
Stafford threw his second interception of the game, setting up a second field goal for Evan McPherson, giving Cincinnati a 20-13 lead. The Rams would cut the deficit to four points with their next series before both offences sputtered for over 20 minutes.
The Rams struggled without OBJ and both quarterbacks were injured on different occasions, with Burrow harmed on one of his six second-half takedowns.
Stafford connected with Kupp for the game-winning score after the receiver converted a 4th-and-1 situation – with the game on the line – with a seven-yard run.
Matthew Stafford threw for 283 yards and three touchdowns on 26 of 40 attempts while committing two interceptions.
During the rush, how about Cam Akers’s 21 yards on 13 carries.
Cooper Kupp, eight receptions, 92 yards, and two touchdowns.
How about two receptions for 52 yards and one touchdown.
completing 22 of 33 passes for 263 yards and a touchdown.
Joe Mixon rushed for 72 yards on 15 carries.
Tee Higgins had four receptions for 100 yards and two touchdowns.
Five receptions for 89 yards from Ja’Marr Chase.
|Rams 7-0 Bengals||Matthew Stafford 17-yard TD pass to Odell Beckham Jr. (extra point)|
|Rams 7-3 Bengals||Evan McPherson 29-yard field goal|
|Rams 13-3 Bengals||Matthew Stafford 11-yard TD pass to Cooper Kupp (two-point attempt fails)|
|Rams 13-10 Bengals||Joe Mixon six-yard TD pass to Tee Higgins (extra point)|
|Rams 13-17 Bengals||Joe Mixon 75-yard TD pass to Tee Higgins (extra point)|
|Rams 13-20 Bengals||Evan McPherson 38-yard field goal|
|Rams 16-20 Bengals||Matt Gay 41-yard field goal|
|Rams 23-20 Bengals||Matthew Stafford one-yard TD pass to Cooper Kupp (extra point)|
What they said
Aaron Donald, Rams defensive lineman: “I’m just so delighted, I wanted this so bad.
Surreal: “I dreamed this, it’s unbelievable. Currently, I’m in a wonderful mood. You can’t put into words what it’s like to be alive. “I’m at a loss for words.”
“I’m in the moment right now, I’m just going to appreciate this at the time,” he said.
Matthew Stafford, Rams quarterback: “This squad has made me so proud. Several members of our squad have earned this honour, including several standouts and team heroes.
“Our season has been defined by today’s game. This is a bumpy ride, but we arrived late and completed it nevertheless. I’m looking forward to it!
“From the top to the bottom, we show our concern for one another. When it comes to connecting with us as players, Sean does an incredible job. We’re here now because we followed his instructions.”
For me, it feels amazing. You talk about a resilient bunch of coaches and players, and I’m thrilled to be a part of that.” —Rams head coach Sean McVay
“We speak about competitive excellence all the time, being the best required, on offence we had to find a way, and then for Aaron [Donald] to be able to finish it off, it’s poetry.”