The Los Angeles Rams overcame the Cincinnati Bengals in overtime in Super Bowl LVI, 23-20, at home in SoFi Stadium to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
— NFL (@NFL) February 14, 2022
Cooper Kupp scored a one-yard touchdown pass for the Rams with six minutes and 13 seconds remaining after a 15-play, 79-yard drive.
Despite Joe Burrow and the Bengals regaining possession with 1:25 remaining, the Rams’ pass rush, which had been relentless in the second half, was able to stop Burrow with an interception on fourth down by Aaron Donald.
Aaron Donald’s sack of Joe Burrow in the Super Bowl helped the Rams win the game.
Just once in the first half was Burrow downed by the Rams’ renowned pass rush.
Donald failed to make a single tackle, despite being sacked a league-high 51 times in the regular season and nine instances in the divisional round win against the Tennessee Titans.
However, things took an unexpected turn as Donald concluded with two interceptions and three QB hits, two of which resulted in sacks for the Bengals quarterback in the second half. After injuring his knee, Odell Beckham Jr. had to be escorted off the field.
The Rams enjoyed a 10-point lead in the second quarter, thanks to touchdowns from Stafford to Beckham Jr. and Kupp. A knee injury would force Beckham off the field in the first half and keep him out for the rest of the game.
After halftime, Joe Mixon threw a touchdown pass to Tee Higgins to put the Bengals within three points of the Rams.
They seized the advantage on the first play from scrimmage after the break, with Burrow finding Higgins with a 75-yard TD pass!
Even so, Higgins escaped a penalty flag, despite seeming to pull on Jalen Ramsey’s facemask during the go-ahead touchdown play.
After it appeared the wide receiver had pulled Jalen Ramsey’s facemask, Tee Higgins was extremely fortunate to throw a 75-yard touchdown pass.
Winning Play And MVP
Stafford threw his second turnover of the game to create a second field goal for Evan McPherson to give Cincinnati a 20-13 lead in the third quarter.
Both teams’ attacks sputtered for more than 20 minutes before the Rams closed the gap to four points with a field goal of their own on their next possession.
The lack of OBJ and the fact both quarterbacks were injured on separate plays contributed to the stalemate. Burrow was hurt on one of his six second-half interceptions.
Despite the Bengals’ best efforts, Stafford threw a game-winning touchdown pass to Kupp after the receiver previously converted a fourth-and-seven situation with the game on the line with a seven-yard run.
Almost exclusively relying on his trusty wide receivers, Cooper Kupp and Matthew Stafford put together an incredible game-winning drive.
WHO ELSE BUT COOPER KUPP! pic.twitter.com/YqVFul2Le3
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) February 14, 2022
Cooper Kupp was grateful to the rest of his team for winning the Super Bowl MVP title, although, he believed he didn’t deserve it.