2/13/22 INGLEWOOD, CA - Matthew Stafford drove the Los Angeles Rams' offense downfield, capped off with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Cooper Kupp to come from behind to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 in Super Bowl LVI at So-Fi Stadium.
Stafford completed 26 of his 40 passes for 283-yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Stafford, who has played for 13 years, could now hold his head up and be proud of his teammates, never giving up to become Super Bowl Champions.
"There are so many guys on our team that deserve this," Stafford said.
Kupp had eight catches for 92-yards, two touchdowns, and was chosen as the MVP of the game. Odell Beckham Jr. had two catches for 52-yards and one touchdown before getting hurt in the second quarter with a knee injury.
The Rams' defense sacked Joe Burrow seven times while completing 22 passes for 263-yards and one touchdown.
Tee Higgins led the Bengals in receptions with four catches for 100-yards and two touchdowns.
The Rams took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter after Stafford threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Beckham Jr. in the endzone.
The Bengals trail 7-3 after their kicker Evan McPherson kicked a 29-yard field goal.
Kupp scored his first touchdown of the game in the second quarter, when Stafford threw an 11-yard touchdown pass, making the score 13-3, with 15:21 left on the clock before halftime.
The Rams fans during the second quarter held their breath as Beckham Jr. had to leave the game after hurting his knee trying to reach back for a pass from Stafford.
Tee Higgins had the Bengal trailing the Rams 13-10 at halftime after running back Joe Mixon threw a 6-yard touchdown.
The Bengals struck quickly on their first possession of the third quarter when Burrow threw a pass to Higgins, who grabbed Jalen Ramsey by the face mask and threw him down went 75-yards for the touchdown to give them a 17-13 lead.
Sean McVay, Ramsey, and the Rams couldn't believe that the officials missed the offensive pass interference call against Higgins.
McPherson kicked a 38-yard field goal to give the Bengals a 20-13 lead. The Rams trailed 20-16 at the end of the third quarter when Gay kicked a 41-yard field goal.
The moment of truth for the Rams came late in the fourth quarter when Stafford and their offense marched down the field and went 79-yards, and Kupp made a 1-yard touchdown catch on the right side of the endzone to give them a 23-20 lead with 1:25 left in the game.
Aaron Donald put the final nail in the coffin for the Bengals when he flushed burrow out of the pocket on fourth and one, had his arms around him, causing him to miss his receiver, and the Rams took over on downs.
Stafford would kneel to run out the clock, and the Rams became the second team in NFL history to win the Super Bowl in their home stadium.
McVay can put aside any doubts about being a great coach in the NFL, surround himself around great players, coaches, who believed in each other, built a championship team.
"For the offense to be able to find a way and Aaron to finish it off," head coach Sean McVay said, "is poetic."
Donald's eight years in the NFL and hard work finally paid off, and now add to his resume NFL Champion.
"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."
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