Los Angeles Rams, Matthew Stafford Win Super Bowl LVI
The Los Angeles Rams won Super Bowl LVI 23-20 over the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday night, giving quarterback Matthew Stafford a Super Bowl ring just one year after he was traded from the Detroit Lions.
Stafford went 26-for-40 for 283 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in the game.
The Rams raced out to a 13-3 lead in the first half as Stafford threw touchdown passes to Odell Beckham, Jr. and Cooper Kupp.
But the Bengals cut the lead to 13-10 before halftime as running back Joe Mixon threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Tee Higgins.
On the first play of the second half, Higgins was at it again. Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow hit Higgins down the sideline for a 75 yard touchdown to put the Bengals ahead 17-13.
Stafford then threw an interception on the ensuing drive to the Bengals’ Chidobe Awuzie and Cincinnati extended the lead to 20-13 with a field goal.
Trailing 20-16 late in the game, Stafford led a 15-play, 79 yard drive that was capped off by another touchdown pass from Stafford to Kupp.
With one last chance to drive down and tie or win the game, the Bengals found themselves facing a 4th & 1 near midfield. Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald blew the play up in the backfield, forcing Burrow to throw up a prayer that ultimately fell incomplete, sealing the victory for the Rams.
Kupp earned Super Bowl MVP honors after finishing with eight receptions, 92 yards and two touchdowns.
The Bengals fall to 0-3 in Super Bowls. This is the Rams first Super Bowl title while based out of Los Angeles. The franchise did win a Super Bowl in St. Louis in 1999.