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Los Angeles Rams receiver Cooper Kupp named Super Bowl MVP after 92-yard and two-TD game; Odell Beckham Jr. exits with knee injury in the first half; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow sacked a joint Super Bowl record seven times

Last updated: 14/02/22 5:53am

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Highlights of Super Bowl LVI between the LA Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals

Highlights of Super Bowl LVI between the LA Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals

The Los Angeles Rams came back to beat the Cincinnati Bengals in stunning fashion in Super Bowl LVI, lifting the Vince Lombardi Trophy after a 23-20 win at home in SoFi Stadium.

Story of the Game

Trailing 20-16 with six minutes and 13 seconds to go, Matthew Stafford – who gets a ring in his first season in Los Angeles – led the Rams on a 15-play, 79-yard drive capped with a one-yard touchdown pass to Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp, who also converted a key fourth down play earlier on the same series.

Joe Burrow and the Bengals would get the ball back with a minute and 25 left but, with the Rams pass rush repeatedly getting home in the second half, Aaron Donald delivered the game-ending hit on fourth down.

Odell Beckham Jr was carried off after suffering a knee injury

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Odell Beckham Jr was carried off after suffering a knee injury

Odell Beckham Jr was carried off after suffering a knee injury

Burrow was sacked a league-high 51 times in the regular season and was taken down a playoff-record nine times in Cincinnati’s divisional round win over the Tennessee Titans, but he was only dropped once in the first half by the much-vaunted Rams pass rush – with Donald failing to make one tackle. The script would flip wildly in the second half though as the Bengals quarterback was ultimately sacked a joint Super Bowl record seven times and Donald finished with two of them, three QB hits and two tackles for losses.

Odell Beckham Jr was carried off after suffering a knee injury

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Odell Beckham Jr was carried off after suffering a knee injury

Odell Beckham Jr was carried off after suffering a knee injury

The Rams had raced out of the blocks and into a 10-point lead early in the second quarter as Stafford threw touchdown passes to Odell Beckham Jr. and Kupp. Beckham, though, would leave the field with a knee injury later in the first half and would not return.

The Bengals pulled to within three of the Rams by the half – running back Joe Mixon lobbing up a touchdown pass to Tee Higgins – and then took the lead in stunning fashion, off the first play from scrimmage after the break, Burrow finding Higgins with a deep ball down the left sideline for a 75-yard TD! The go-ahead score was not without controversy, however, with Higgins avoiding a penalty flag despite seemingly pulling on cornerback Jalen Ramsey’s facemask on the play.

Tee Higgins was lucky to complete a 75-yard touchdown after it appeared the wide receiver pulled the facemask of Jalen Ramsey

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Tee Higgins was lucky to complete a 75-yard touchdown after it appeared the wide receiver pulled the facemask of Jalen Ramsey

Tee Higgins was lucky to complete a 75-yard touchdown after it appeared the wide receiver pulled the facemask of Jalen Ramsey

Stafford would add to LA’s misery, throwing his second interception of the game to set up a second field goal for Evan McPherson to see Cincinnati into a 20-13 lead. The Rams would reduce the gap to four points with a field goal of their own on their next series, before both offenses began to badly sputter as more than 20 scoreless minutes passed.

The stagnation owed much to the Rams missing OBJ, and the fact that both quarterbacks were badly banged up on separate plays, with Burrow hurt on one of his six second-half takedowns.

But, just as it looked like the Bengals might close things out and cling on to claim a first ever Super Bowl title, Stafford stepped up and connected with Kupp for the game-winning score after the receiver earlier converted a 4th-and-1 situation – the game on the line – with a seven-yard run.

Cooper Kupp and Matthew Stafford completed an incredible, game-winning drive in which the quarterback almost solely used his trusted wide receiver

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Cooper Kupp and Matthew Stafford completed an incredible, game-winning drive in which the quarterback almost solely used his trusted wide receiver

Cooper Kupp and Matthew Stafford completed an incredible, game-winning drive in which the quarterback almost solely used his trusted wide receiver

Stats Leaders

rams

  • Passing: Matthew Stafford, 26/40, 283 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs
  • Rushing: Cam Akers, 13 carries, 21 yards
  • Receiving: Cooper Kupp, eight catches, 92 yards, 2 TDs
  • Odell Beckham Jr., two catches, 52 yards, 1 TD
Cooper Kupp felt he didn't deserve the Super Bowl MVP and was thankful to the rest of his team for achieving the award

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Cooper Kupp felt he didn’t deserve the Super Bowl MVP and was thankful to the rest of his team for achieving the award

Cooper Kupp felt he didn’t deserve the Super Bowl MVP and was thankful to the rest of his team for achieving the award

bengals

  • Passing: Joe Burrow, 22/33, 263 yards, 1 TD
  • Rushing: Joe Mixon, 15 carries, 72 yards
  • Receiving: Tee Higgins, four catches, 100 yards, 2 TDs
  • Ja’Marr Chase, five catches, 89 yards

Scoring summary

Scoring summary

FIRST QUARTER
Ram’s 7-0 Bengals Matthew Stafford 17-yard TD pass to Odell Beckham Jr. (extra point)
Rams 7-3 Bengals Evan McPherson 29-yard field goal
SECOND QUARTER
Rams 13-3 Bengals Matthew Stafford 11-yard TD pass to Cooper Kupp (two-point attempt fails)
Rams 13-10 bengals Joe Mixon six-yard TD pass to Tee Higgins (extra point)
THIRD QUARTER
Rams 13-17 Bengals Joe Mixon 75-yard TD pass to Tee Higgins (extra point)
Rams 13-20 bengals Evan McPherson 38-yard field goal
Rams 16-20 Bengals Matt Gay 41-yard field goal
FOURTH QUARTER
Ram’s 23-20 Bengals Matthew Stafford one-yard TD pass to Cooper Kupp (extra point)

What they said:

Aaron Donald tried to explain what he was thinking before hitting Joe Burrow with a sack to win Super Bowl LVI and wouldn't be drawn on his potential retirement

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Aaron Donald tried to explain what he was thinking before hitting Joe Burrow with a sack to win Super Bowl LVI and wouldn’t be drawn on his potential retirement

Aaron Donald tried to explain what he was thinking before hitting Joe Burrow with a sack to win Super Bowl LVI and wouldn’t be drawn on his potential retirement

Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald: “I’m just so happy, I wanted this so bad.

“I dreamed this, it’s surreal. I feel amazing, I feel great. It’s the best feeling in the world. I don’t know what to say.”

[On rumours of a potential retirement]: “I’m in the moment right now, I’m just going to enjoy this at the moment.”

Matthew Stafford said his relationship with Cooper Kupp is down to hard work and praised the Rams defense after securing Super Bowl LVI

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Matthew Stafford said his relationship with Cooper Kupp is down to hard work and praised the Rams defense after securing Super Bowl LVI

Matthew Stafford said his relationship with Cooper Kupp is down to hard work and praised the Rams defense after securing Super Bowl LVI

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford: “I’m so proud of this team. There are so many guys on our team who deserve this – so many great players, guys who have given their heart and soul to this team.

“That game today is the story of our season. It is up and down, but we showed up late and got it done. I’m excited!

“We care for each other, and that starts from the top down. Sean does an unbelievable job, connecting with us as players. We follow his lead and we’re here now.”

Sean McVay reflects on the Ram's impressive finish to beat the Bengals after becoming the youngest head coach to win a Super Bowl

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Sean McVay reflects on the Ram’s impressive finish to beat the Bengals after becoming the youngest head coach to win a Super Bowl

Sean McVay reflects on the Ram’s impressive finish to beat the Bengals after becoming the youngest head coach to win a Super Bowl

Rams head coach Sean McVay: “It feels outstanding, you talk about a resilient team, coaches, players, I’m so proud of this group, proud to be associated with it.

“We talk about competitive greatness all the time, being the best required, on offense we had to find a way and then for Aaron [Donald] to be able to finish it off, it’s poetic.”

Stanley Kroenke celebrated the LA Rams' Super Bowl LVI win

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Stanley Kroenke celebrated the LA Rams’ Super Bowl LVI win

Stanley Kroenke celebrated the LA Rams’ Super Bowl LVI win

Rams owner Stand Kroenke: “You talk about these players, they’re unbelievable, they hung in there, it was a tough game and I’m just so proud of them executing like that at the end.

“In terms of building this stadium? It turned out alright.”

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