Super Bowl LVI: Stafford, Kupp lead the Rams over the Bengals for the NFL title


Los Angeles Rams catcher Cooper Kupp (R) withdraws a 1-yard touchdown pass while Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Eli Apple is covered in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LVI on Sunday at the stadium SoFi from Inglewood, California. Photo by John Angelillo / UPI | Licensed photography

February 13 (UPI) – Matthew Stafford threw a touchdown throw with Cooper Kupp’s 1:29 clutch left to lead the Los Angeles Rams to a close victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI on Sunday in Inglewood, California.

The Rams were left behind for most of the second half before the 1-yard throw gave them a 23-20 victory. Kupp, who was named MVP, retained eight catches for 92 yards and two scores.

“I’m so proud of this team,” Stafford told NBC. “So many men on this team deserve it. So many guys have given their souls and hearts to this team.”

Stafford totaled 283 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. The Rams have fired Bengals defender Joe Burrow seven times.

Rams coach Sean McVay, 36, became the youngest coach in NFL history to win a title on Sunday.

Burrow, who appeared to be suffering from a knee injury in the second half, totaled 263 meters and a loss score. Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins totaled 100 yards and two four-pointers.

“I didn’t finish it,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor told NBC. “I’m really proud of this special team. As a coach, you don’t have many of these opportunities. I will never take this group for granted.”

Stafford blew the first blood with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Odell Beckham Jr. in the middle of the first quarter. Bengals Kicker Evan McPherson responded with a 29-yard field goal at the end of the quarter.

Stafford later connected with Kupp for an 11-yard touchdown two minutes into the second quarter to give the Rams a 13-3 lead.

The Bengals responded when runner Joe Mixon completed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Higgins.

Safety Jessie Bates intercepted Stafford in the final zone with 2:10 left in the second quarter, but the Bengals were unable to capitalize on the turnover. The Rams took the lead 13-10 at the break.

The Bengals, who postponed the kick-off, capitalized on the first piece of the third quarter. Burrow took a snap, backed away, bypassed several defenders and fired a 75-meter pass on the right flank for Higgins for that score.

Bengals corner Chidobe Awuzie intercepted Stafford in the first piece of Rams’ resulting possession. The Bengals turned the score into points when McPherson scored a 38-yard field goal about five minutes later.

McPherson’s field goal pushed the Bengals to 20-13.

Rams kicker Matt Gay made a 41-meter attempt on the next road to reduce the Bengals’ lead to four points with 6:02 left.

Burrow appeared to suffer from a right knee injury on Bengals’ first drive in the fourth quarter, but remained in the game. The Bengals offense fought down and was forced to finish with 6:20 left.

Stafford then led the Rams to 15 yards and 79 yards. Rams put the ball in the Bengals’ 10-yard line, and the Bengals committed several costly penalties, which led to a 1-yard line to settle Stafford’s short throw to Kupp.

Rams outscored Bengali 313-305 in total yards and kept a one-minute lead during possession.

Von Miller and Aaron Donald totaled two sacks each in victory. Rams defenders Ernest Jones, A’Shawn Robinson and Leonard Floyd also recorded sacks.

Beckham totaled two catches for 52 yards, including his first-half score, but suffered a knee injury and did not return.

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) congratulates Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (R) on a 23-20 Rams victory in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on February 13, 2022. Photo by Jon SooHoo / UPI | Licensed photography Super Bowl LVI: Stafford, Kupp lead the Rams over the Bengals for the NFL title

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