The Rams won Super Bowl LVI, beating the Bengals 23-20 at SoFi stadium on Sunday evening in a match that was marred by injuries, but saw Cooper Kupp, the season's outstanding offensive player, score the winning touchdown, his second of the night to ensure a Hollywood end to the season for the L.A. Rams.
Rams do it for everyone in their house
The Rams, playing at their home ground but actually treated as the road side, started far brighter, and raced into a lead with quarterback Matthew Stafford connecting with Odell Beckham Jr and then soon after Cooper Kupp for touchdowns with the Bengals only able to reply with a field goal from the boot of Gay.
It looked at that point that the Rams might be ready to coast home to their second Super Bowl (their first was in 2000 against the Titans), but things started looking wobbly for them when Beckham hurt his knee catching the ball. He went down in agony, and although he was able to hobble off the field, the Rams later confirmed he would play no further part.
The Bengals took advantage and then a surprise lead, the first time they’d led all game, when Burrow connected with Higgins for a 75-yard touchdown right at the start of the second half. When Awuzie intercepted for the Bengals on the Rams next play it looked like it was going to be Burrow who was going to be lifting the Vince Lombardi trophy.
But the young quarterback was the next to go down in pain, his previously injured knee getting horribly twisted as he was sacked, and although he was able to carry on it suddenly felt as if some of the momentum had shifted.
And on a mammoth drive, taking 15 plays and covering 75 yards, Rams quarterback Stafford finally connected to, who else, Cooper Krupp in the end zone to retake the lead.
The Bengals still had time, but on their final drive, Burrow, with his knee still smarting ran out of time, space and ideas, eventually giving up the turnover on fourth down around the 50-yard line… and it was all over. The Rams are Super Bowl Champions!