Bengals stun Rams with long TD pass, take a 20-13 lead

Stay tuned as the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams battle it out in Super Bowl 56.

USA About: Rams Publish: 02/14/2022 Edit: 02/14/2022 Author: Gardener

RamsThe Cincinnati Bengals stunned the Los Angeles Rams with a touchdown bomb on the first play in the second half, and rookie kicker Evan McPherson added his second field goal later in the third half to lead the Bengals 20-13 in Super Bowl 56 After a touchback on kickoff in the second half, Cincinnati QB Joe Burrow connected with wide receiver Tee Higgins on a 75-yard touchdown to give the Bengals their first lead. For Higgins it was his second goal of the game. He caught a touchdown pass in the first half while running back to Joe Mixon. From NFL games to college sports scores, all the top sports news you need to know every day. The Rams took an early lead when quarterback Matthew Stafford caught up with wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the first quarter with a 17-yard touchdown pass and in the second with an 11-yarder to Cooper Kupp. A poor stop caused the Rams to miss the extra point attempt after Kupp's TD to hold the 13-3. Beckham later left the game with a knee injury. Playing at their home stadium, the Rams are looking to win their first Super Bowl title in 22 years when the team was based in St. Louis. The kick-off temperature at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, was a balmy 81 degrees, just short of a record for the warmest Super Bowl ever. The Rams led the Bengals 13-10 at halftime, with quarterback Matthew Stafford leading the stats. Stafford completed 12 of 18 passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. Odell Beckham Jr. led the Rams with two catches for 52 yards and a TD before leaving with an injury. Cooper Kupp caught three passes for 40 yards and a touchdown. Cam Akers led the Rams with seven carries for 10 yards. For the Bengals, quarterback Joe Burrow passed Stafford's 12-for-18 line for 114 yards. Ja'Marr Chase caught three passes for 62 yards to lead Cinicnnati receivers. Joe Mixon ran 40 yards on seven carries and threw a 6-yard touchdown pass. Blige and Dr. Dre attend a press conference for the Super Bowl 56 halftime show. The Super Bowl is more than just the biggest football game of the year. That year, a string of hip-hop heavyweights led by N. rappers Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and Eminem, along with the "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul" Mary J. cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, joined his teammates on "The Griddy" on. after Cincinnati Bengals saved Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford's interception by Jessie Bates III near the end of the first half of Super Bowl 56. Adding further insult to the injury, NBC's Al Michaels called out Hargreaves - one of the Bengals' inactive players for the game - adding, "He might be inactive for a while after that scene." Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. jumps over Bengals cornerback Mike Hilton for the first touchdown in Super Bowl 56. Odell Beckham Jr. appeared to be rewinding time for most of the Super Bowl half. Then came the scream, the flinch, the clutching of his left knee, the dreaded non-contact injury as the pain overwhelmed him too much to secure a narrow catch in second and ninth at 3:54 to close in the second quarter play. Tee Higgins #85 catches a touchdown pass from Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals over Nick Scott #33 of the Los Angeles Rams during the second quarter of Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. Bengals running back Joe Mixon made his best impression of Joe Burrow in the second quarter when he threw the first touchdown pass of his career, a 6-yarder to wide receiver Tee Higgins. Mixon helped get the Bengals into goal position with his legs, but on a second-and-goal play, he took a throw from Burrow and swung far enough to give him a perfect pass for Higgins. The touchdown, at 5:47 before halftime, reduced the Bengals' lead to 13-10. It made Mixon the fifth non-quarterback to throw a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl. The last time it happened was the famous "Philly Special," when Trey Burton, tight end of the Philadelphia Eagles, teamed up with quarterback Nick Foles for a win over the New England Patriots four years ago. The Bengals almost answered the Rams' first touchdown with one of their own in the final minute of the first quarter. Despite having to settle for a 29-yard field goal from Evan McPherson, the Bengals' result was set up by a 46-yard pass from quarterback Joe Burrow to rookie wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase. Working against veteran Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey, Chase worked his way down the touchline to pull off a spectacular one-handed catch. Absolutely ridiculous doing this in the Super Bowl as a rookie. There are so many different potential storylines for this year's Super Bowl, from the quarterback fight to the coaching showdown between former teacher and student. Perhaps three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald, taking on the Bengals' maligned line, will make the difference in the game. Or could star wideouts Ja'Marr Chase, Cooper Kupp, or Odell Beckham Jr. steal the show? USA TODAY Sports' NFL Editors and Writers share their insight into the pivotal story of Super Bowl 56. The calm before the storm at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, where the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals played in Super Bowl 56 compete against each other. Sunday will serve as a showcase for SoFi Stadium, owner Stan Kroenke's $5 billion home for the Los Angeles Aries. But the history and impact of SoFi Stadium is complex, as some heavily criticized tactics paved the way for the Inglewood, California project. Read more from USA TODAY Sports' Josh Peter on how the stadium has caused distress for thousands of residents. But that's the Super Bowl at SoFi Stadium, where the same brand of beer costs $17 for the same size can at Sunday's game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals. Other items at the concession stands on Super Bowl Sunday were associated with a similar sticker shock: SoFi Stadium had the most expensive hot dogs and beer in the NFL in 2021, according to the Team Marketing Report's 2021 NFL Fan Cost Index. As the home team in Super Bowl 56 — despite playing at the Rams' SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles — the Cincinnati Bengals wear their black jersey and white shorts with orange stripes. The black jersey is part of the Bengals' standard uniform when they play at Paul Brown Stadium. The Rams wear their white jerseys with blue numbers. With football's biggest day of the year comes parties, fandom, betting and - of course - Super Bowl squares. Odell Beckham Jr. #3 of the Los Angeles Rams warms up before the NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers at SoFi Stadium on January 30, 2022 in Inglewood, California. LOS ANGELES -- As Odell Beckham Jr. aims for his first championship ring, it's jarring to think he's no better than the third-best wide receiver playing in Super Bowl 56 -- at least based on how the 2021 season has played out. But players like Los Angeles Rams Offensive Player of the Year Cooper Kupp and Cincinnati Bengals Offensive Rookie of the Year Ja'Marr Chase are a long way from converging on the still vibrant legacy that OBJ somehow in just created eight NFL seasons. It was evident this week that there is a genuine peace in Beckham, 29, who exuded remarkable confidence while seeming fully aware of his august place in the league's pantheon. "Knowing the responsibility I have to set a standard, knowing that some of them look up to me, is why I feel the way I am now rather than the 23-year-old me ' says Beckham. Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow looked sharp as he boarded the bus with his team ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl 56 match against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. He wore a grey-and-black suit with tiger stripes and a black hat. NFL Network co-host Rich Eisen compared Burrow's pregame hat to that of Walter White's Breaking Bad alter ego. The Bengals also shared a video of Burrow's locker upon arriving at SoFi Stadium. USA TODAY Sports has been super-charged coverage of the Super Bowl for the past two weeks. Here are some of the best reads to prepare you for the game. Super Bowl Predictions: Will the Bengals or the Rams Win? Super Bowl Matchup Breakdown: Who Has The Advantage In Each Facet Of The Game? Nate Davis explains how the game could be won. Did Sean McVay learn from his 'outcoaching' last Super Bowl?: The Rams coach opens up on how he balances learning from his previous Super Bowl disappointment with a focus on the future. In five seasons as Rams manager, Sean McVay has a 55-26 record and two Super Bowl appearances. How Kelly and Matthew Stafford made things work in Los Angeles: Kelly, the Rams quarterback's wife, gives an exclusive look at the challenges the Staffords' marriage faced after moving to Los Angeles. Bigspender: The Bengals' Mike Brown and Rams' Stan Kroenke are a study in contrasting ownership styles. Eric Weddle was retired - then he came back to shoot at a Super Bowl ring: How did the Rams get a 37-year-old who'd been retired 2 years fit for a Super Bowl run? Move on, Tom Brady: There's a new oldest active player in the NFL, and Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth is enjoying his senior status. How a transfer changed the course of college football, changed the history of the NFL: Joe Burrow's move from Ohio State to LSU changed the football landscape forever. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Super Bowl 56 Results, Live Updates: Bengals stun Rams with long TD pass, take a 20-13 lead

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