Kupp was named Super Bowl MVP after winning TD

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) -- The latest from the Super Bowl: Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp has been named the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player. Kupp had eight receptions for 92 yards and two touchdowns.

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Kupp(AP) -- The latest from the Super Bowl: Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp has been named the Super Bowl's most valuable player. Kupp had eight receptions for 92 yards and two touchdowns. He had a 1-yard reception from Matthew Stafford at 1:25 to give the Rams a 23-20 lead that earned them their second Vince Lombardi Trophy. Kupp had four catches for 39 yards on the final drive along with a 7-yard run on the fourth and a 1 to keep the drive alive. Cooper Kupp caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford with 1:25 left and the Rams defeated the Bengals 23-20 to win Sunday night's Super Bowl. Kupp had four receptions for 39 yards on that drive, including the last three. Stafford completed 7 of 11 for 57 yards in the 15-play, 79-yard streak. The Los Angeles Rams offense has been stuck idle since the end of the third quarter. The Rams got 20:16 behind the Cincinnati Bengals on Matt Gay's 41-yard field goal, but went three and out on three straight possessions. It's the second time in the playoffs that the Rams have had three straight 3-and-outs, but last time out they held a 14-0 lead over the Arizona Cardinals in the wild card round. The Cincinnati Bengals are just minutes away from the first Super Bowl championship in franchise history. That is, if the Bengals can keep Joe Burrow upright. The Bengals lead the Los Angeles Rams 20-16 through three quarters, although Burrow was sacked five times in the third alone. It was the first time since at least 2000 that a playoff quarterback had been released at least five times in a quarter. The No. 1 overall pick of the 2020 draft has been sacked a record 18 times this postseason, and he has been sacked 69 times all season. Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford has become the sixth player to throw for 6,000 yards in a single season. It took Stafford 209 yards to hit 6,000, and he did that with a 16-yard pass to Brycen Hopkins in the third quarter. Three games later, the Rams attempted their version of the Philly Special, with Cooper Kupp throwing at Stafford. But they missed, and Matt Gay kicked a 41-yard field goal with 6:02 in the third. That drew the Rams within 20-16 of the Cincinnati Bengals. Cincinnati rookie Evan McPherson has tied Adam Vinatieri for most field goals in a single NFL postseason. McPherson made his second Super Bowl with a 38-yarder with 10:15 in the third quarter. That gave the Bengals a 20-13 lead over the Los Angeles Rams as they picked up points from Matthew Stafford's second interception. The rookie, who the Bengals drafted with the fifth pick from Florida, now has 14 field goals this postseason. Super Bowl 56 turned in the Cincinnati Bengals' favor with two big plays in the first 22 seconds of the third quarter. The Bengals scored a touchdown on their first offensive game of the quarter. Joe Burrow moved right and then up before throwing low to Tee Higgins, who caught the ball as Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey fell. Higgins ran into the end zone to end the 75-yard TD for a 17-13 lead. In the Rams' first game to start the next drive, a Matthew Stafford pass intended for Ben Skowronek ricocheted off Bengals cornerback Chidobe Awuzie at the Los Angeles 32. Evan McPherson scored a field goal to give the Bengals a 20-13 lead. That interception gives the Bengals eight spots this postseason, the most since the Green Bay Packers had eight in 2010. Halfway through the Super Bowl there was about as much hip-hop as a stadium can hold, with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Mary J. It was a rare Super Bowl halftime show to be performed in daylight, but on Sunday it still had that nightclub feel at SoFi Stadium, with a set built so that it looked like the houses in nearby Compton and South LA. Rams coach Sean McVay isn't ready to talk about playing the second half of Super Bowl 56 without a wide receiver. Odell Beckham Jr. McVay was asked during his halftime interview if he would like to play without Beckham. The receiver injured his left leg late in the second quarter, the same leg he tore his ACL in during the 2020 season. The Rams coach says they need to make some adjustments and be able to make some games. Los Angeles leads the Bengals 13-10 at halftime. Cincinnati gets the ball first to start the third quarter after winning the coin toss and advancing to the second half. The Los Angeles Rams lead the Cincinnati Bengals 13-10 at halftime in Super Bowl 56. Matthew Stafford has thrown for 165 yards and two touchdowns. He could miss one of his top targets in the second half as it's doubtful Odell Beckham Jr. will return after injuring his left leg at 3:50 in the second quarter. This is the same knee Beckham tore his ACL in during the 2020 season. The wide receiver went into the locker room and has two catches for 52 yards and a touchdown. Cooper Kupp has three catches for 40 yards and the Rams' other TD. Joe Burrow threw 114 yards for Cincinnati. Running back Joe Mixon threw a pass to Tee Higgins for the Bengals' lone TD. Cincinnati safety Jessie Bates netted the first turnover of the game, working his way up in front of Rams wide receiver Van Jefferson in the end zone. Stafford rolled left in third and 14th, throwing deep from midfield. Officials flagged Cincinnati for unsportsmanlike conduct, not for mockery but for a player wearing a hoodie without a uniform and running into the end zone to celebrate. That forced Cincinnati to start on their own 10 with 2 minutes in the half. Stafford had the most interceptions in the regular season with 17. The only quarterback to have the most interceptions in the regular season and win a Super Bowl was Eli Manning in the 2007 season with the Giants. Los Angeles Rams receiver Odell Beckham Jr. suffered a left leg injury in a non-contact play at 3:50 in the second quarter. Beckham ran towards the right side of the field on a cross, but it appeared his foot caught in the turf. He dropped a pass thrown by Matthew Stafford and was clutching his leg as he fell to the turf. Beckham was eyed by coaches on the field before being helped. Beckham, who was signed by the Rams after being released from Cleveland midseason, had two receptions for 52 yards. He scored Los Angeles' first touchdown when he defeated Mike Hilton in the right corner of the end zone for a 17-yard score. The Cincinnati Bengals answered the Los Angeles Rams with their first touchdown to go 13-10 in the second quarter. Running back Joe Mixon got the ball and ran to the right before throwing to a wide-open tee at Higgins in the end zone for a 6-yard TD with 5:47 left. That ended a 75-yard drive by the Bengals with 12 games and 7:04. Mixon joined an exclusive society as only the fifth non-quarterback to throw a TD pass in the Super Bowl. He joins Trey Burton for Philadelphia against the Patriots in 2018, Antwaan Randle El in 2006 for Pittsburgh against Seattle, Lawrence McCutcheon in 1980 for the then St. Louis Rams against the Steelers, and Robert Newhouse of Dallas in 1978 against Denver. Matthew Stafford gets off to a near-perfect start and the Los Angeles Rams lead 13-3 over the Cincinnati Bengals. Stafford capped a 75-yard drive with an 11-yard TD pass for Offensive Player of the Year Cooper Kupp with 12:51 in the second quarter. Neither of the Bengals even touched Kupp when he came off the line as he was wide open for his 21st TD catch this season, including the playoffs. Stafford is 9 on 10 for 127 yards and two TD passes. Stafford is only the second quarterback with a perfect four-drive passer rating in the Super Bowl since 2000. A botched snap by the Rams on the extra point led to an uproar as the Bengals reclaimed the ball. The Los Angeles Rams lead Super Bowl 56 and the Cincinnati Bengals 7-3 after the first quarter. Bengals rookie Evan McPherson kicked in a 29-yard field goal with 28 seconds remaining to keep Cincinnati from going scoreless in the first 15 minutes. The field goal was McPherson's 13th field goal scored this postseason, beating the NFL record of 14 set by Adam Vinatieri in 2006 by one by Ja'Marr Chase. The offensive Rookie of the Year chased the ball as he ran into the field from three-time All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey and caught Joe Burrow's pass with a right hand for a 46-yard reception. But the Bengals couldn't pick up a yard in three games before sending McPherson on the field goal. This is the third consecutive Super Bowl in which both teams have scored in the opening quarter. That had happened twice in the previous 12 Super Bowls. Playing a Super Bowl anywhere near Hollywood means the stars will come out, and they've certainly been trying to win their first championship in 22 years with their hometown Los Angeles Rams. LeBron James is at SoFi Stadium with the Los Angeles Lakers having a day off along with Lakers legend Kareem-Abdul Jabbar. Pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who helped the Los Angeles Dodgers win the 2020 World Series, is on hand as he watches his high school friend Matthew Stafford play quarterback for the Rams. The Los Angeles Rams have their first result of Super Bowl 56. Matthew Stafford capped the Rams' second drive with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Odell Beckham Jr. 6:22 in the first quarter. Beckham caught the ball over Bengals cornerback Mike Hilton, then the wide receiver celebrated his TD with a quick moonwalk. Beckham signed with Los Angeles on November 11 after being cut by the Cleveland Browns. Stafford is 4 of 4 for 47 yards and a 155.2 passer rating to start the game. The Rams had to go just 50 yards over 3 minutes and 35 seconds in six games because the defense forced the Bengals to flip the ball on downs to end Cincinnati's opening possession. Make it nine straight Super Bowls where neither team has scored on their opening run. The Los Angeles Rams started on offense and finished with 1 yards thanks to a sack by Pro Bowl defensive end Trey Hendrickson from Matthew Stafford. Cincinnati prevailed fourth and 1 in midfield, and linebacker Ernest Jones interrupted Joe Burrow's pass to flip the Bengals on downs. The Bengals are looking to score their first touchdown in the first half of a Super Bowl after being shut out in the franchise's two previous Super Bowls. Cincinnati scored just 17 points in the opening game all season, which ranked second-lowest in the NFL. The Cincinnati Bengals won the coin toss and put off putting the Los Angeles Rams on offense to start Super Bowl 56. The last seven winners of the coin toss lost the Super Bowl. The last team to win the coin toss and the Super Bowl? Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford technically named Tails the visiting team with Los Angeles. King was present at the coin toss when the NFL recognized the 50th anniversary of Title IX, which was enacted in 1972 as part of the educational amendments providing for the first time equal funding for men and women in high schools, colleges and universities that receive federal funding . She was joined by team captains from the California School for the Deaf Riverside Cubs, members of the high school girls' Flag League of Champions, and girls youth tackle footballers from the Inglewood Chargers and Watts Rams. Quickie Mickey slowed it down for the Super Bowl. Mickey Guyton, who told The Associated Press this week that she earned the nickname for singing "The Star Spangled Banner" at just under 1:30, sang it at around 1:50 Sunday before the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals won the field. "I don't want to ruin anyone's sports betting, but let's just say it's the Super Bowl so it most likely won't be any time soon," the Grammy-nominated country music singer told the AP. She was still faster than the Super Bowl average of around two minutes. It's hot at SoFi Stadium for Super Bowl 56. The temperature is 82 before kickoff between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals after cooling down from 85 a few hours before kickoff. That's less than the record of 84 set on January 14, 1973 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Getting into this Super Bowl at the last minute is going to be a big hit in the wallet. Super Bowl 56 kicks off less than an hour away and both teams are warming up on the field at SoFi Stadium. Joe Burrow leads the Cincinnati Bengals with Matthew Stafford, all in the Rams' modern white throwback jerseys. This is the first Super Bowl spot for both of them. Burrow is the fastest going up from #1 overall standings to start this game. Stafford had never won a playoff game after the Rams traded for him prior to this postseason. Stafford comes in with 49,995 passing yards and 323 TD passes. That's the highest for a quarterback making his first Super Bowl appearance. Stafford needs just 209 passing yards to become the sixth player to hit 6,000 in a single season. The "Who Dey!" Fans make themselves felt in the SoFi Stadium. The halls are packed with people wearing Bengals shirts, and they outnumber the Rams shirts by almost a 4-to-1 ratio. Super Bowl 56 could make history at kickoff before either the Los Angeles Rams or the Cincinnati Bengals begin their opening drives. The temperature two hours before kick-off was 85 degrees with a chance that the gauge will go even higher if the ball is shot. That would make this the hottest Super Bowl ever, beating the record of 84 set on January 14, 1973 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. California is dealing with a heatwave, with eight locations in the region reporting record temperatures in the upper 80s and low 90s earlier this week.

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