Super Bowl LVI Recap: Rams are Super Bowl Champions


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Cooper Kupp with the Los Angeles Rams during a game against the Washington Football Team at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland on October 11, 2020.

Matthew Scabilloni, Sports Editor

The Los Angeles Rams are Super Bowl LVI Champions. Here is how the Rams’ Super Bowl victory went down.

The game started off with a Rams punt followed by a turnover on downs for the Bengals at the 50-yard line. This turned out to be a bad decision by the Bengals.

The Rams took advantage of this and had a six-play 50-yard drive capped off by an Odell Beckham Jr. touchdown catch for an early Rams lead. Then two defensive stops by both teams forced punts later.

The Bengals were able to get something going. Joe Burrow connected with Ja’Marr Chase for a 46-yard reception but would settle for a 29-yard Evan McPherson field goal kick.  At the end of the first quarter, the score was Rams 7 Bengals 3.

Then early in the second quarter, the Rams were able to get another TD this time a TD catch for the Offensive Player of the Year, Cooper Kupp, but the Rams were unable to get the extra point after because of a muffed snap by the holder.

The Bengals would respond to the TD immediately although with a long drive spanning over seven minutes long. The drive ended with a trick play that caused Bengals RB Joe Mixon to throw a TD to WR Tee Higgins.

The rest of the second quarter was a defensive battle with a Stafford interception that was in the endzone, which basically acted as a punt and two other punts later. During the defensive battle, one of the worst things that happened for the Rams was Beckham Jr. going down with a non-contact knee injury that would cause him to miss the rest of the game. At the end of the first half, the score was Rams 13 Bengals 10.

After a 10/10 halftime show, it was time to play some more football.

The Bengals started the second half with a bang. The Bengals took the lead in just 12 seconds after a one-play drive that featured a 75-yard TD catch by Higgins and a missed offensive pass interference call on Higgins. You could see in the replay that Higgins threw Rams CB Jalen Ramsey to the ground, but you can’t expect the refs to make every call so still game on.

The Rams got the ball back after this demoralizing play and Stafford threw an interception on the first play of the drive. This second half could not have started off worse for the Rams. Through all of this, the Rams defense was at least able to make the stop when the Bengals got the ball from the interception forcing a 38-yard McPherson field goal.

The Rams got the ball back again this time forcing better things to happen. This was a four-minute, 17-second drive that ended in a Matt Gay 41-yard field goal kick. Then for the rest of the third quarter, three punts were forced. At the end of the third quarter, it was Rams 16 Bengals 20.

The fourth quarter started with a lot of great defense with four more punts forced by each of the defenses.

The Bengals were able to force punts by completely stopping the Rams rushing attack which caused a lot of third-and-longs that the Rams were unable to convert.

The Rams were able to force punts by getting to Burrow immediately. The Rams had a total of seven sacks in this game which tied a Super Bowl record with the Pittsburgh Steelers who also had seven sacks in Super Bowl X.

After all of the punting back and forth, Stafford had enough of it and executed a masterpiece of a drive. The four-minute, 48 second TD drive included multiple amazing throws by Stafford including a no-look pass to Kupp that got 22 crucial yards for the Rams. The drive culminated in a one-yard TD pass to Kupp.

Of course, this drive wasn’t perfect with another controversial call by the refs, which was a third-down holding call on Bengals LB Logan Wilson that could have been a no-call. This call could have altered how the game ended but once again game on.

The Bengals’ last drive with one minute and 25 seconds remaining started out well with two quick passes, one to Chase for 17 yards the other to Tyler Boyd for nine yards for a total of 26-yards to get the Bengals about 10 yards from field goal range.

All the Bengals needed was one yard after the Boyd catch. On third-down, the Rams stopped Bengals RB Semaje Perine at the line of scrimmage causing a fourth down giving a chance for the Rams to end the game right here and now.

On fourth down, Aaron Donald immediately beat his man and then got to Burrow quickly.  Burrow tried to do something with nothing however trying to flick the ball to Perine but he was unable to get to the ball causing a turnover-on-downs.

One knee by Stafford later and the Rams became Super Bowl LVI Champions.