On Sunday, the Los Angeles Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl 56 by a score of 23-20.
The thrilling game was decided by a fourth-down stop by Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald. The big game was held in SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. The Rams dominated the first half, scoring the game’s first two touchdowns through receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Cooper Kupp. Late in the second quarter, the Bengals responded with a trick play that culminated in a touchdown and an interception by safety Jessie Bates.
“I’m just so happy, I wanted this so bad. I dreamed this, man. I dreamed this and it’s, like, surreal,” Donald said, “It’s the best feeling in the world. God is great.”
“There are so many guys on our team that deserve this,” Stafford said.
Within the first 22 seconds of the second half, a Bengals touchdown and interception shifted the tempo. In the first 12 seconds of the half, receiver Tee Higgins caught a 75-yard touchdown catch, and 10 seconds later, cornerback Chidobe Awuzie intercepted Stafford’s ball.
The fourth quarter started with no clear indication of who would win the game, but it all came down to the final two minutes. Kupp scored a key touchdown after a 15-play drive that included four rushes and ten passes, giving the Rams a three-point lead. The Bengals had a chance to respond but were unable to convert on fourth down, thereby finishing the game.
On Sunday, Kupp was crowned Super Bowl MVP after catching eight passes for 92 yards and two scores. On Thursday, Kupp was awarded the NFL’s offensive player of the year. The Rams arrived at the Super Bowl hoping to avenge their loss to the New England Patriots in the big game last year. According to the NFL, head coach Sean McVay made his Super Bowl debut in that game, becoming the youngest coach to ever guide a club in the Super Bowl.