Super Bowl LVI Champs

Rams beat out Bengals in close game to win the Lombardi Trophy

Audrey Moody, Web Copy Editor

As a LA Rams fan, Super Bowl LVI was a whirlwind of emotions (along with the entire regular and post season). However, I’m happy to announce that the Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20! I’m going to break it down quarter by quarter to see just how the team from LA did it, underdog style.

After the first quarter began, the Rams came out swinging. Quarterback Matthew Stafford threw a pass to wide receiver Cooper Kupp, who set up the team at the 24-yard line. After a 2-yard run by running back Darrell Henderson, Stafford threw the ball to wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (OBJ) for the first score of the game. After a few more drives by both teams, Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow threw a 58-yard pass to rookie Ja’Marr Chase and got set up at the 4-yard line. The team had to settle with a field goal by kicker Evan McPherson and ending the first quarter of Super Bowl LVI 7-3.

With only a minute in the second quarter completed, Stafford threw huge passes to OBJ and Henderson to get to the 16-yard line. After another run by Henderson to set the team up on the 11-yard line, Stafford threw a pass to the end zone, which was caught by Kupp. However, when the extra point team came out, place holder and punter John “Johnny” Hekker dropped the ball and the team missed the extra point. But it was time for Bengals football. Burrow threw a 13-yard pass to wide receiver Tyler Boyd to get set up at the 38-yard line. The next play, Burrow threw a pass to Chase, who set them up to the 49-yard line. Burrow then handed the ball off to running back Joe Mixon, who ran all the way to the 33-yard line. After catches by tight end Tee Higgins, Mixon and Chase (who caught the ball one-handed), Mixon threw the ball to Higgins for a touchdown. It was Mixon’s first ever pass in the NFL as well. Nearing the end of the half, OBJ sustained a knee injury after landing on his foot weird and was out the rest of the game. This affected the Rams in a big way in the second half. After Stafford threw an interception and the Bengals could not get to the end zone, the score was Rams 13-10.

After the halftime show performed by Snoop Dogg Dr. DreKendrick Lamar, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and 50 Cent, it was time for more football action. At the first play of the third quarter, Burrow threw a 75 -yard touchdown to Higgins to get the lead for the first time. When the Rams got the ball back, Stafford threw another interception, which was caught by cornerback Chidobe Awuzie at the 31 yard line. After a long drive by the Bengals, Burrow was sacked by defensive tackle Aaron Donald. The team had to settle for a field goal, which made the score Bengals 20-13. The last big play of the quarter was a 41-yard field goal by kicker Matt Gay to make the score Bengals 20-16.

In the fourth and final quarter of Super Bowl LVI, the teams were at a stalemate. Neither of them could get any points until the final two minutes of the game. After multiple flags for holding and pass interference, the Rams got to the 1-yard line. Stafford threw a pass to Kupp to make the score 23-20 with 1:25 left to go. The Bengals got the ball and tried to score and almost did. With 46 seconds left, Mixon attempted to run the ball to get the first down, but was promptly stopped by Donald. It was 4th and 1 and Burrow attempted a pass, but was sacked by Donald, who solidified the game. The Rams won 23-20.

It was an amazing game to watch and I’m very happy for my Rams. Sadly, we have to wait until Sep. for the regular season to begin again, but I can rest easy until then knowing that we won a Super Bowl.

Andrew “Big Whit” Whitworth, Matthew Stafford, Aaron Donald and Cam Akers celebrate the win. (Photo courtesy of CBC.)