through: BARRY WILNER, Associated Press
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — In a venue built for champions, the Los Angeles Rams have won the crown jewel: a Super Bowl trophy.
It took a pinpoint 79-yard drive capped by Cooper Kupp’s 1-yard touchdown reception with 1:25 remaining for a 23-20 Sunday win over the Cincinnati Bengals to give the Rams their first NFL title since the 1999 season. – and their first Los Angeles performance since 1951.
They did it at their home, the $5 billion SoFi Stadium, making the Rams the second straight host to win the championship after Tampa Bay became the first a year ago.
The winning streak, in which Kupp’s 4-yard touchdown reception was nullified by penalty kicks, ended soon after with the NFL Offensive Player of the Year easily beating Eli Apple in the right corner of the end zone for the winning score.
Kupp had four receptions for 39 yards on the championship run.
Even with this brilliant and decisive march towards the Lombardi Trophy, it was the “fearsome quintuple” from Los Angeles who made the difference. Led by Aaron Donald and Vin Miller, they sacked Joe Burrow, a Super Bowl record seven times, ending Cincinnati’s offense after a 22-second surge to start the second half, giving the Bengals the lead .
Fittingly, Burrow was under pressure on fourth-and-first and pitched incomplete, sparking a football celebration this town hasn’t seen since the LA Raiders won the 1983 championship.
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