Los Angeles Rams win Super Bowl LVI with 23-20 comeback win over Cincinnati Bengals | NFL News

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp was named Super Bowl MVP after going for 92 yards and two touchdowns; Odell Beckham Jr. comes out with a knee injury in the first half; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow has fired a joint-record Super Bowl seven times

Last update: 02/14/22 03:34

The Los Angeles Rams came back to beat the Cincinnati Bengals in stunning fashion in Super Bowl LVI, winning the Vince Lombardi Trophy after a 23-20 home win at SoFi Stadium.

Game history

Trailing 20-16 with six minutes and 13 seconds to go, Matthew Stafford – who gets a ring in his first season in Los Angeles – led the Rams on a 15-play, 79-yard run capped by a touchdown pass of one yard to Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp.

Joe Burrow and the Bengals would get the ball back with a minute and 25 left but, with the Rams pass rush repeatedly heading home in the second half, Aaron Donald delivered the game-ending hit on fourth down .

Burrow was sacked a league-high 51 times in the regular season and broke a playoff record nine times in Cincinnati’s Divisional Round victory over the Tennessee Titans, but he was only waived. only once in the first half by the Rams’ vaunted pass. rushing – with Donald failing to make a tackle. The script would turn wildly in the second half as the Bengals quarterback was eventually sacked a joint Super-Bowl record seven times.

The Rams were out of the blocks and took a 10-point lead early in the second quarter as Stafford threw touchdown passes to Odell Beckham Jr. and Kupp. Beckham, however, would leave the pitch with a knee injury later in the first half and not return.

The Bengals closed within three of the Rams at halftime – running back Joe Mixon throwing a touchdown pass to Tee Higgins – then took the lead in stunning fashion, on the first play from scrimmage after the break , Burrow finding Higgins with a deep ball down the left sideline for a 75-yard TD! The go-ahead scoreline was not without controversy, however, with Higgins avoiding a penalty flag despite apparently shooting cornerback Jalen Ramsey’s face mask on the play.

Stafford would add to LA’s misery, throwing his second interception of the game to set up a second basket for Evan McPherson to see Cincinnati take a 20-13 lead. The Rams would cut the gap to four points with a field goal of their own in their next series, before both offenses began to crumble as more than 20 scoreless minutes passed.

The stagnation owes a lot to the Rams’ lack of OBJ and the fact that both quarterbacks were hit hard on separate plays, Burrow was injured on one of his six second-half outs.

But, just as it looked like the Bengals could shut things down and hang on to win a first-ever Super Bowl title, Stafford stepped up and connected with Kupp for the game-winning score.

Stats Leaders

Rams

  • Passing: Matthew Stafford, 26/40, 283 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs
  • Rushing: Cam Akers, 13 carries, 21 yards
  • Reception: Cooper Kupp, eight catches, 92 yards, 2 touchdowns
  • Odell Beckham Jr., two catches, 52 yards, 1 TD

bengals

  • Passing: Joe Burrow, 22/33, 263 yards, 1 TD
  • Rushing: Joe Mixon, 15 carries, 72 yards
  • Reception: Tee Higgins, four catches, 100 yards, 2 TDs
  • Ja’Marr Chase, five catches, 89 yards

Scoring Summary

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTER
Rams 7-0 bengals Matthew Stafford passes 17-yard TD to Odell Beckham Jr. (extra point)
Rams 7-3 bengals Evan McPherson’s 29-yard field goal
SECOND QUARTER
Rams 13-3 bengals Matthew Stafford passes 11-yard TD to Cooper Kupp (two-point attempt fails)
Rams 13-10 bengals Joe Mixon passes TD from six yards to Tee Higgins (extra point)
THIRD QUARTER
Rams 13-17 Bengals Joe Mixon passes 75-yard TD to Tee Higgins (extra point)
Rams 13-20 bengals Evan McPherson’s 38-yard field goal
Rams 16-20 bengals Matt Gay 41-yard field goal
FOURTH TRIMESTER
Rams 23-20 bengals Matthew Stafford passes TD from one yard to Cooper Kupp (extra point)

What they said:

Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald: “I’m so happy, I wanted this so badly.

“I dreamed about this, it’s surreal, look at this. I feel amazing, I feel good.

“It’s the best feeling in the world. I don’t know what to say. I’m in the moment, I’m just going to enjoy it right now.”

Rams head coach Sean McVay: “It’s exceptional, you talk about a resilient team, coaches, players, I’m so proud of this group, proud to be associated with it.

“We talk all the time about how great the competition is, to be the best required, in attack we had to find a way and then for Aaron to finish it, it’s poetic.”

Rams owner Stand Kroenke:​​​​​​​ “You talk about these players, they’re amazing, they hung on, it was a tough game and I’m so proud that they performed like this at the end.

“In terms of building this stadium? Everything went well.”

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