Los Angeles Rams defeat the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI

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Melvin Harris, theSCORE Editor

The Los Angeles Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 in Super Bowl LVI. In a game that kept many fans on the edge of their seat, both teams did not disappoint and came to play on the biggest stage.  

The Rams started off hot and struck first in the first quarter with a 17-yard touchdown from quarterback Matthew Stafford to receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

Cincinnati responded with a field goal in their next possession. However, the Rams continued to march down the field against the Cincinnati defense. Matthew Stafford was able to find receiver Cooper Kupp in the endzone to give the rams a 13-3 lead early in the second quarter. 

Unfortunately for LA, OBJ went down with a knee injury in the second quarter and would not return. This was a pivotal moment in the game because all of the momentum the Rams had built up had vanished. 

The Bengals were able to capitalize and go into the half only down 13-10. 

Cincinnati started off the second half firing on all cylinders. Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow found receiver Tee Higgins deep against all-pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey for a 75-yard touchdown to take the lead. 

The Rams tried to match the Bengals but Stafford was picked off by Jesse Bates III soon after LA got the ball back. Cincy ended the third quarter on top 20-16. 

The fourth quarter was back-and-forth the entire period. Both defenses were holding their own but with a little over 6 minutes left in the fourth quarter, Stafford and the Rams offense were able to put everything together. 

With many penalties on that drive, Stafford was finally able to find his go-to receiver, Kupp, one-on-one with defensive back Eli Apple for a touchdown to put LA up 23-20. Many people regard Kupp as one of the better receivers in the league and he proved that on Super Bowl Sunday. 

Burrow and the Bengals tried to put something together late. However, when it came down to 4th and 1, the Rams defense was able to get to Burrow and cause an off-balance throw that led to an incomplete pass. 

This was the first Super Bowl title in Los Angeles Rams history. 

Cooper Kupp was named MVP of Super Bowl LVI. Kupp finished with eight receptions, for 92 yards and two touchdowns. When asked about his performance, Kupp did not know what to say but he was grateful for the people around him. 

“I just don’t have words,” Kupp said to ESPN. “I’m just so thankful for everyone.”

The Los Angeles Rams finish the NFL season on top and will be heavy favorites going into the next season.