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Rams 23-20 Bengals: five keys to Los Angeles' Super Bowl LVI win

The Rams claimed their second Super Bowl championship at SoFi Stadium on Sunday, beating the Bengals in a close matchup.

American Football  - NFL - Super Bowl LVI - Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams - SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California, United States - February 13, 2022 Los Angeles Rams' Von Miller and Andrew Whitworth celebrate with the Vince Lombardi Trophy afte

The Rams lifted the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the second time in their history on Sunday, defeating the Bengals 23-20 in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Despite the tight scoreline, Los Angeles were the better team for large chunks of the game, and were deservedly rewarded with the 2021 NFL title.

The keys to the Rams' Super Bowl LVI victory over the Bengals:

Bengals failed to make most of interceptions

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 283 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. The Bengals were unable to capitalise on those two turnovers, however, translating them into just the three points.

Ja’Marr Chase was off his game

Bengals wide receiver Chase has enjoyed a historic season in his first year as a professional, but Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey limited him to just five catches and 89 receiving yards in Sunday’s Super Bowl. Cincinnati’s best WR on the night was Tee Higgins, who registered four catches, 100 yards and two TDs.

Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey (right) restricted Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase to five catches and 89 receiving yards in Sunday's Super Bowl.
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Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey (right) restricted Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase to five catches and 89 receiving yards in Sunday's Super Bowl.Richard MacksonUSA TODAY Sports

Tight defensive display from the Rams

Although the Rams’ defence gave up 10 points to the Bengals in the second half, they did much to keep quarterback Joe Burrow in check. Of the seven sacks Burrow suffered, six were in the final 30 minutes, as the Rams’ backline registered four consecutive passes defended and allowed just 142 yards in the third and fourth quarters.

A glut of penalties against the Bengals

On the Rams’ last drive, the Bengals committed three of the four penalties called against them in the game. The problem for Cincinnati was that they were all in the red zone, allowing Los Angeles to have seven offensive plays in the final 10 yards, leading to the decisive touchdown.

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Cooper Kupp did the business

In total, Super Bowl MVP Kupp finished up with 92 yards and two touchdowns. Half of his offensive production came on the final drive of the game, which saw the wide receiver register 46 yards and a touchdown.


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