The Los Angeles Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals, 23-20 in Super Bowl 56 on Sunday at SoFi Stadium. Three-time defensive player of the year Aaron Donald clinched the victory when he wrapped up Burrow on 4th and 1 and sealed the victory with 39 seconds remaining in regulation. It was the second Rams Super Bowl title in franchise history, with the first coming in 2000. With an extreme presence of Rams fans, over 70,048, the team became only the second to win the Lombardi Trophy at its home stadium.
The victory provided at least a short-term confirmation of the Rams all-in approach, with the club dedicating a plethora of draft capital to acquire quarterback Matthew Stafford, outside linebacker Von Miller and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Stafford provided the Rams with a considerable edge, completing 26 of 40 passes for 283 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. And yet, like his regular season performance, there was a smooth transition into the postseason as Stafford built a cushion early and delivered late when it mattered the most. He attacked again as he connected with Kupp for an 11 yard score early in the second quarter. Kupp proved to be clutch once again and secured his second receiving touchdown of the game to secure the Lombardi for the second time in franchise history.
Stafford heaved up a prayer on the 3rd and 14 during the drive, and Bengals safety Jessie Bates III intercepted the ball in the end zone. Bengals cornerback Chidobe Awuzie stole a tip in the following drive, accounting for Stafford's second interception of the game. The Bengals increased their lead with a field goal, but their 4-point lead was not enough to fight off the motivated Rams. The seven sacks, not including Donald's final quarterback hurry, proved to be too much for Burrow and the Bengals to overcome.
Burrow and his Bengals could not answer. Burrow and Stafford each limped off the field, after suffering from consistent pressure from the opposing fronts. Both quarterbacks proved to be ultimate competitors and have provided their team with a competitive edge throughout the season. At 36 years old, Rams head coach Sean McVay became the youngest coach to win the Super Bowl.
Despite an incredible one-year turnover by the Bengals, they finished 4-11-1 in 2020 and finished 10-7 this year and won the AFC North title before their postseason run, they remain one of only 12 NFL franchises that have never won the sacred Lombardi Trophy.
The glory of the Rams' exciting victory over the Bengals in Super Bowl 56 still flows in the hearts of the winners. And now everyone else in the league is renewing their dream of hoping to win Super Bowl 57 in Glendale, Arizona.
The Detroit Lions fans were very interested in Super Bowl 56. And they celebrated almost as much as Stafford. Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow showed his frustration after being sacked seven times in Super Bowl 56.
This 23-20 nail biting loss against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium, was not on Burrow. It's hard to win when you feel hot breath and stiff hits from guys like Aaron Donald, Von Miller and A'Shawn Robinson throughout the game. Burrow was sacked seven times and still nearly led the Bengals to triumph in the Super Bowl, the first time in franchise history.
For Rams Wide receiver Cooper Kupp this was a fitting end to the historic season. This year, he led the NFL in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. Even though this did not give him the needed edge to win most valuable player it was enough to help the Rams win the super bowl.
Bengals receiver Tee Higgins escaped Rams corner defender Jalen Ramsey and secured the Cincinnati lead at the start of the third quarter of Super Bowl 56. Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow struck quickly in the first half-time scrimmage match.
The Rams led at half time over the Bengals 13-10. Stafford completed 12 of 18 passes for 165 yards and a couple of touchdowns in the first half. Odell Beckham Jr. led the Rams with two holds for 52 yards and a TD before leaving with an injury. Cooper Kupp caught three passes at 40 yards and a touchdown.
Cam Akers led the Rams in a hurry with seven passes over 10 yards. Joe Mixon rushed 40 yards to seven carries and threw a 6-yard touchdown pass. Dre attends the press conference for the half-show Super Bowl 56.
A mock penalty put the Bengals ball on their own 10th place 20. Odell Beckham Jr. Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. skipped Bengal defender Mike Hilton and gave the first touchdown in Super Bowl 56.
Bengals running back Joe Mixon throws a halfback option pass for a touchdown in the second quarter Super Bowl 56. Bengals running back Joe Mixon made his best impression on Joe Burrow in the second quarter when he threw the first touchdown pass of his career, to a 6-yarder wide receiver Tee Higgins . Mixon helped move the Bengals to the scoring position with his feet, but when he played for the second and goal, he leaned away from Burrow and swung wide enough to give him a perfect overtaking path to Higgins. As a result, Mixon became the fifth non-quarterback to throw a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl.
The last time this happened was at the famous "Philly Special", when Trey Burton teamed up with quarterback Nick Foles in close behind the Philadelphia Eagles to spark a victory over the New England Patriots four years ago.
Calm before the storm at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, where the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals meet in Super Bowl 56. But the history and impact of SoFi Stadium are complex because some heavily criticized tactics have paved the way for the project. in Inglewood, California.
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