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Cooper Kupp delivers again, this time when it mattered most

Yes, the Rams went all-in with big trades and signings. But don't forget the founding players — including the third-round pick that caught the Super Bowl's game-winning TD. (Author: Gardener)

Cooper KuppCooper Kupp catches his second touchdown of the game to take a late lead for the Rams in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LVI. Cooper Kupp catches his second touchdown of the game to take a late lead for the Rams in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LVI. -- The story we've been told about the Los Angeles Rams is that they went "all-in" to win this particular Super Bowl. What defines their team building approach is the fact that they're constantly trading first-round picks for win-now helpers, damn it. But when they were looking to lose the Super Bowl to the Cincinnati Bengals, the guy who saved the Rams was the receiver they drafted from east Washington in the third round five years ago. And the guy who sealed the win was a first-round pick they made themselves in 2014. Cooper Kupp caught eight passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns to win Super Bowl MVP honors as the Rams came back in the fourth quarter and defeated the Bengals on Sunday night. Four of those catches, 39 of those yards and one of those touchdowns came in the 15-game drive in the fourth quarter that turned a 20-16 Cincinnati lead into a 23-20 Rams win. It was quarterback Matthew Stafford's signature career drive, who had 45 career game-winning drives and was himself one of those "all-in" moves the Rams made to win that year. His biggest play on the drive wasn't a catch at all - it was a 7-yard run play from his own 30-yard line in fourth and 1 with five minutes left in the game. almost certainly loses the game if they don't get that yard. The Rams couldn't run the ball all night. "Whatever is asked of me, whatever my job is going to be in a certain game, in a certain game, I just want to do it to the best of my ability," Kupp said. "We picked up a little bit of speed on that last drive, which kept [the Bengals] in some zone calls and that allowed Matthew and I to find some weaknesses in that." Kupp was the man Stafford was always looking for and looked again and again, all season long, when he had to play. What year was Kupp exactly? Well, he led the NFL in catches (145), yards (1,947) and touchdowns (16) for the Triple Crown wide receiver. He was named Offensive Player of the Year. And he capped it off with a Super Bowl MVP award. Kupp just did them all in one season. "You guys hear me talk about 'competition size' until I'm blue in the face," said Rams coach Sean McVay. Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow found Tee Higgins for a 75-yard touchdown pass in the first game of the second half. Then, on the Rams' first offensive play in the second half, Stafford threw his second interception of the game, and the Bengals converted that into a field goal. Cincinnati, which had shown as much toughness as any other team this NFL postseason, suddenly had a 20-13 lead and choked the Rams offense with its defensive line. (another "win-now" pickup they made in November after the Browns cut him) to a second-quarter knee injury. Early in the tight end, Tyler Higbee was inactive in the NFC Championship Game due to a knee injury. The Rams rushed for 43 yards on 23 carries in the game. After the field goal that cut the lead to 20-16, they went three in a row and out with three possessions in a row. The Rams couldn't execute it, and with essentially no other options in the passing game, the Bengals could turn their full attention to Kupp. "They made it really difficult," McVay said. “I have a lot of respect for this Bengal defense. When we got into the red zone it felt like it was like 60 games for us to finally get this on the fade. Cooper Kupp is the man." "It was tough," said Stafford. The Rams had to beat the Bengals to win that one and they hardened in all the right places. Six of their seven sacks from Burrow came in the second half, including two from Von Miller and two from Aaron Donald, whose pressure from Burrow in the Bengals' final quarter-and-1 game helped force an incomplete and seal the Rams' championship Miller was also one of the win-nows -Moves by the Rams. They sent him second- and third-round picks to the Denver Broncos at the close of trade, and he absolutely made a difference.Miller had nine sacks in the Rams' last eight games (four regular-season and four postseason games) and L. Miller amplified the passing rush in fearsome ways, but he also gave the Rams dressing room a player who had done it before.He was a Super Bowl MVP with a dominating display against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers just six years ago, and a team that thought they were doing very well was able to grow into a great team with the help of someone with direct experience in that very arena. But for every shiny acquisition, the Rams have a fundamental player who owns them. Donald was the Rams' No. 12 overall in 2014, at a time when they were still highly selected in the round. The Rams won't win this Super Bowl without Donald taking over in the second half. "Guys like Aaron are why you train," McVay said. Donald was a first-round pick in 2014. Kupp was a third-round player in 2017. All the key defensive players, all the 2019 Rams draft picks. Brycen Hopkins, a fourth-rounder in 2020 who had to stand in for the injured Higbee, had four catches for 47 yards in the Super Bowl. Prior to Sunday, he had one catch overall in his NFL career. So yes, with all the talk about "putting all their chips in," these Rams owe this title as much to the players who drafted and developed them as to those who just showed up. Though they haven't made a first-round pick since McVay in 2017 (and they don't have one this year either), they've made 45 decisions in Rounds 2-7, more than any other team besides Minnesota in the past five years . Their current roster includes 29 draft picks of their own, a number that ranks among the top 10 in the league. Their strategy for building rosters is much more nuanced than "they trade all their picks for veterans". What they're doing is trading the late first round picks for people who can help them now. As late as the Rams usually pick in the first round, they won't be getting any players they have first-round grades on anyway. So why not use these picks instead to get a Matthew Stafford or a Jalen Ramsey to help get you over the top? "I'm really proud to be associated with a group that isn't afraid to take their shot," McVay said. Do you think the Buccaneers won last year's Super Bowl just because they signed Tom Brady, Leonard Fournette and Antonio Brown? The Bucs had already laid the foundation for a strong roster before these guys ever got there. When they dealt out for Stafford last winter, the Rams were already pretty good. They lost the Super Bowl just three years ago, made the playoffs in four of McVay's five years, and have 500+ points in all five years. They made the move for Stafford because they felt it would take them from very good to championship caliber and the results will show that it did. But Stafford doesn't go through with it without Kupp being there to reel in his passes. Kupp caught 33 passes in four games this postseason, the most in NFL history. After finishing the regular season with the second-most receiving yards of all time, he amassed the second-most receiving yards anyone ever had in a single postseason: 478, behind only Larry Fitzgerald. His six touchdown catches were the second most in a single postseason. And his 22 total touchdowns this year, regular and postseason, are the second-highest behind Randy Moss' 24 in 2007. Kupp is the emblem of who the Rams are and what they do before the "all-in" moves were that got all the attention. He was injured three years ago and missed his team's Super Bowl loss to the Rams, but he said Sunday night that after that game he had a vision that he would eventually be at the end of the Super Bowl. "I just feel so unworthy of all these prizes and awards," said Kupp. "I can play from a place of freedom and have great teammates around me." The wrestlers who have come on for this year and the veteran players like Kupp and Donald who have laid a solid foundation for those moves to pay off. These Rams may have been "all in" for this year, but don't be surprised to see them back on top anytime soon. And on Sunday night it became Super Bowl champion.

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A look at the celebs spotted at the Rams-Bengals Super Bowl

From Jay-Z to Justin Bieber and Kevin Hart to Chip and Joanna Gaines, there was a... (Author: Gardener)

the Rams-Bengals Super BowlYou'll see plenty of celebrities at every Super Bowl, but the place will be star-studded every time it's in Southern California. The Rams and Bengals put on a show that saw the Rams cling to a 23-20 win in Sunday's Super Bowl at SoFi Stadium, but the crowds were just as good. There was the duo of Kanye West and Antonio Brown, both of whom wore some kind of mask before the game started, and the adorable double date with Justin and Hailey Bieber, who hung out with Kendall Jenner and Devin Booker. Even Texas' favorite couple - Chip and Joanna Gaines - have been spotted in a Super Bowl suite. Keep scrolling to see the celebrities spotted in the crowd at Sunday's Super Bowl... Devin Booker, Justin Bieber, Hailey Bieber and Kendall Jenner attend Super Bowl LVI on February 13, 2022 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, part. It looks like it's going to be a double date with Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker and his girlfriend Kendall Jenner, who share a suite with Justin and Hailey Bieber, who have been married since 2018. Kanye West (left), Tyga (center) and YG attend Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. 2 Chainz, Tyga, YG, Antonio Brown, Kanye West and North West attend Super Bowl LVI between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. The four rappers and a disgruntled NFL player sat down with North West, daughter of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. Kanye caused a stir by wearing what appeared to be a mask over his head before the game started, but he took it off during the game. Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso attend Super Bowl LVI between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. Matt Damon and Charlize Theron attend Super Bowl LVI between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. Matt Damon and his wife shared a box with actress Charlize Theron. Singer Olivia Rodrigo attends Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California., The 18-year-old singer has had a massive 2021, in which she was named Time's Entertainer of the Year and was the world's best-selling single artist with eight songs on the Global 200 chart, including her hit 'Drivers License, That was #4. Rapper Jay-Z and his daughter Blue Ivy prior to Super Bowl LVI between the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. It's arguable that Jay is the highest-grossing rapper of all time, but on Sunday he was just a dad and snapped photos for his daughter Blue Ivy as they were on the field before the game. Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner attend Super Bowl LVI between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. The Jonas Brothers star and the Game of Thrones actress, who have been married for two years, enjoyed a date night at the Super Bowl. Drake is seen during Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. Actor Anthony Anderson, center, takes a picture with Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald after the NFL Super Bowl 56 football game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, February 13, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif. The black star has some strong appeal, having been able to walk onto the field to snap a photo with Aaron Donald immediately after the Rams' win. HGTV's Chip and Joanna Gaines attend Super Bowl LVI between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. Cedric the Entertainer reacts after Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. The Los Angeles Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20. The comedian-actor celebrated the Rams' win by taking the field with the players. Comedian and actor Kevin Hart attends Super Bowl LVI between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. The comedian-actor was probably hoping for an Eagles Super Bowl, but he may have adopted the Rams since he lives in Southern California. Singer Shawn Mendes attends Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. Ty Dolla Sign (left) and The Weeknd attend Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. The singers were tall enough to access the pitch before the game. NBA player LeBron James reacts during Super Bowl LVI between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi attend Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. Issa Rae attends Super Bowl LVI on February 13, 2022 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. The actress and writer behind HBO's Insecure was born and raised in Los Angeles, so you can't really blame her for being a follower fan. Draymond Green attends Super Bowl LVI on February 13, 2022 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. Super Bowl Sunday worked out perfectly for the Warriors forward as Golden State plays the Clippers in Los Angeles on Monday. Martha Stewart attends Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. Actor Tracy Morgan attends Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. Chloe Bridges and Adam Devine attend the Super Bowl LVI Pregame on February 13, 2022 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. Rebel Wilson and Adam Devine attend the Super Bowl LVI Pregame on February 13, 2022 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. The Workaholics and The Righteous Gemstones actor was at the game with his wife and actress Chloe Bridges, as well as Rebel Wilson, his co-star in the Pitch Perfect films. Actor Chris Tucker reacts during Super Bowl LVI between the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. The comedian and Friday and rush hour star grew up in Atlanta but has lived in Southern California for around 30 years, so he gets to cheer for the Rams. Wassim Slaiby (left) and Rima Fakih attend the Super Bowl LVI Pregame at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. Sebastian Maniscalco and Lana Gomez during Super Bowl LVI Pregame at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. Maniscalco, who has been married to Gomez for eight years, is best known as a stand-up comedian, but he has also appeared in films such as Green Book and The Irishman. Actress Keke Palmer attends Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. As an actress, singer and television personality, Palmer does a little bit of everything. She also sang the national anthem before Game 1 of the Astros-Braves World Series. Michael Strahan (standing) and Emmitt Smith (right) are seen during Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. A few Hall of Famers who know a thing or two about Super Bowls. Jimmy Tatro and Zoey Deutch attend the Super Bowl LVI Pregame at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. You may know Tatro from his role in the Netflix mockumentary American Vandal, while Deutch appeared in the film Everybody Wants Some!! and the Netflix film Set It Up. Former NFL player Ed Reed attends Super Bowl LVI between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. Big Boy is seen during Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. The nationally syndicated radio host has lived in Los Angeles since he was 2 years old.

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Social media is reacting to the Rams' victory over the Bengals in Super Bowl LVI

We've updated you on what happened - and what social media had to say - about Rams vs Bengals. (Author: Gardener)

RamsMatthew Stafford tells Dianna Russini what it took to take home the Super Bowl LVI title. Matthew Stafford tells Dianna Russini what it took to take home the Super Bowl LVI title. Matthew Stafford: This Super Bowl win is 'everything' (2:03) Matthew Stafford: This Super Bowl win is 'everything' (2:03) At the risk of stating the obvious, it all came together Sunday's game between the Losers also includes Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals. After one hell of a fight at Super Bowl LVI - and an equally compelling halftime show - the Rams emerged victorious on their home turf, 23-20. It took 13 seasons in the NFL (12 with the Detroit Lions), but Matthew Stafford finally captured his elusive Super Bowl ring in his first season with the Rams. Stafford wasn't the only one who felt particularly sweet about the win. Odell Beckham Jr., who left the game late in the second quarter through injury, was moved to tears after time was up. One of the greatest defensive players of all time, Aaron Donald, also shed tears of joy when it became clear that his game-winning stop had officially earned him a ring. For the Rams, the win justifies a plethora of splashy personnel changes, including the addition of Stafford, Beckham and Von Miller to a roster already promoting Donald and eventual Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp. While Joe Burrow's attempt to mark his season as Comeback Player of the Year by leading the Bengals to the franchise's first Super Bowl title fell short, the future for Joe Shiesty & company is undoubtedly bright. Here's what social media had to say the Rams are becoming L. CONGRATULATIONS RAMS! 🥇 https://t.co/6kKs85hx26 – Team USA (@TeamUSA) February 14, 2022 THAT WAS EXACTLY DIVINE PLAN. — Odell Beckham Jr. (@obj) February 14, 2022 Do it to have a crown that will last forever. — Cooper Kupp (@CooperKupp) February 14, 2022 pic.twitter.com/GCPsZEINfC — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) February 14, 2022 Can you replay the Half Time Show 🙏🏾 — DWade (@DwyaneWade) February February 2022 we'll be there next year.— Chris Jones (@StoneColdJones) February 14, 2022 If you couldn't be at SoFi Stadium on Sunday, our live updates were basically the next best thing. Here's how it all turned out in Los Angeles: All day from Stafford to Kupp. Playing 1:25 - and a Super Bowl title on the line - Stafford found his favorite goal in the end zone. Then, to seal the deal, none other than Donald came along to wind up Burrow. And there you have it, the Los Angeles Rams are your Super Bowl LVI champions. Beckham would not return after suffering a left knee injury in a non-contact game with 3:50 remaining in the second quarter. The standout wide receiver - who was a big part of the Rams' success earlier in the game - was listed as questionable to return at halftime. With under five minutes in the third quarter, Los Angeles officially downgraded Beckham to Out. The sports world took to social media to offer their condolences to OBJ. come on obj— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) February 14, 2022 Praying for you @OBJ— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) February 14, 2022 Nooooooo 🤦🏾‍♂️ not my dog ​​another lawn injury— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) 14 February , 2022 Please let OBJ be okay 🙏🏾— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) February 14, 2022 Look away Rams fans. As if the halftime show wasn't entertaining enough (it was), Burrow came out of the dressing room with a bang. In the first game of the second half, Joe Shiesty found Tee Higgins for a 75-yard TD to give the Bengals their first lead of the game. The Rams' problems continued on the next possession when a Stafford pass was intercepted by Chidobe Awuzie, who eventually set up a 38-yard field goal from Evan McPherson. Super Bowl LVI watched all the other halftime shows and said, hold my beer. From James Harden to Lady Gaga, Twitter was understandably thrilled with the performance: That halftime performance was insane 🔥🔥🔥but I can't stop thinking about OBJ 🙏🏾 Come out of the dressing room bro 🙏🏾— DWade (@DwyaneWade) February 14 February 2022 That's the point!!— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) February 14, 2022 Jessie Bates III made it big for the Bengals by intercepting Stafford in the end zone on a pass meant for Van Jefferson, where 2: 10 remained the first half. We go into halftime with a 13-10 lead for the Rams. And suddenly we have a three-point game ourselves. Joe Mixon (no typo) found Tee Higgins for a 6-yard Bengals' TD. Cooper Kupp scores a touchdown? How surprising (never said anyone). Kupp extended the Rams' lead as Stafford found his favorite target for 11 yards. On touchdown, Kupp has caught a TD in 15 games this year (including playoffs) and tied in most games by a TD in a single season including playoffs, Jerry Rice (1989) and 1984 Mark Clayton (1984). Offensive Player of the Year is the only player aside from Larry Fitzgerald (2008) to catch a TD in four games within a single postseason. The Rams wasted little time finding the end zone. In a series of "players who would really like to add a Super Bowl title to their resume," Stafford found Beckham for a 17-yard grab with 6:22 to play in the first quarter. If you believe the numbers, Beckham's touchdown bodes well for the Rams. Los Angeles is 5-1 as he catches a TD this season, including playoff games, with the only loss coming in Week 12 at the Green Bay Packers. It could be a long night for the OBJ was the problem crowd. There was one well-known fan who was particularly excited about the first Super Bowl touchdown of Sean McVay's tenure: LeBron James. The Los Angeles Lakers star, a known friend of OBJ, celebrated accordingly. It wouldn't be a Super Bowl in Los Angeles without the presence of some serious stars. From Jay-Z to LeBron James, the turnout is as impressive as you would expect in the City of Angels. pic.twitter.com/0DMaKm9Zni— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) February 14, 2022 🏈❤️ Stay tuned in as we have all the celebrity sightings at the #SuperBowl 2022 - check out the photos: https://t .co/ELhcezBiD1 pic. twitter.com/zMzNFQXz1O—E! News (@enews) February 14, 2022 Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie at home #SBLVI pic.twitter.com/uKyIdqIFmE - NFL UK (@NFLUK) February 14, 2022 S. Goaltender Tim Howard is here pic. twitter.com/SlLK0fUFkh— Chris Grandstaff (@c_grandstaff) February 13, 2022 We've gotten used to conspicuous pre-game seizures from Joey B this season, and Super Bowl LVI was no exception. While his QB opted for a louder ensemble, offensive rookie of the year Ja'Marr Chase nailed the laid-back West Coast look. The running back came through with an ode to victory in the form of an intricate suit lining featuring the Lombardi Trophy, himself and Joe Shiesty. But back to that Burrow suit, real quick, because our Tim McManus got the scoop on how the look came to fruition... Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow's internet-shattering suit, which he wore to Super Bowl LVI, almost became in closet left. When Tom Marchitelli, bespoke menswear designer and founder of Gentleman's Playbook Custom Suits, introduced Burrow to fabrics to be worn on the big day, Burrow couldn't decide between the bold black and white design and another solid, brightly colored suit . Marchitelli worked overtime to complete it in less than two weeks and delivered it to Burrow's Los Angeles hotel room on Wednesday. He, along with the rest of the world, figured out what Burrow ultimately chose to do. "No intention when I showed him that because I thought it was Bengals flicks," said Marchitelli, whose client list includes Dak Prescott, Aaron Donald, Rob Gronkowski, DeVonta Smith and Jimmy Garoppolo. Burrow and Marchitelli began work on the suits shortly after Cincinnati's AFC Championship Game win over the Kansas City Chiefs. The idea of ​​having predominantly black printing came from Burrow, as did the top hat. Air Jordan Dior, which is priced at $6,000, Marchitelli said. If Beckham is feeling the pressure of his first Super Bowl appearance, you wouldn't know. The wide receiver looked casually cool upon his arrival in yellow kicks and a stationery jacket. It wouldn't be Super Bowl Sunday without some envious (and possibly heartburn-inducing) food and a selection of libations. If you're wondering what's on offer within the confines of SoFi Stadium, ESPN editors Chris Grandstaff and T. Want to know what $20 meatballs look like? Please #SBLVI pic.twitter.com/3pSSRB799T - T. Their $19 craft beer selections are Elysian Space Dust IPA and Kona Big Wave Golden Ale in 24 ounce metal mugs with the SB logo pic.twitter. com/x6qxt8mRhx — Chris Grandstaff (@c_grandstaff) February 13, 2022 What fans pay for beer pic.twitter.com/1yetUec6dG — Chris Grandstaff (@c_grandstaff) February 13, 2022 The SoFi Super Dog, $16 hot dog goodness. #SBLVI pic.twitter.com/75LTIEPlk4 - TJ Berka (@TJBerka1) February 13, 2022 J. Berka (@TJBerka1) February 13, 2022 The first pic is an example of a french dip, the second is a bacon wrapped street LA-style hot dog (which the chef recommended) #SBLVI pic.twitter.com/S6EMjMMipY— TJ Berka (@TJBerka1) February 13, 2022 It's a beautiful day for some Super Bowl Football. NFL Nation Bengals reporter Ben Baby took a moment to serve up a standard empty stadium image, ahem - bask in the sights before SoFi Stadium was overtaken by a sea of ​​Championship-hungry fans and celebrities. That Cincinnati #9 looks right. Burrow's jersey probably won't be this clean for much longer if Rams' Donald has anything to say about it. Meanwhile, OBJ's kick game is exceptional. Parking prices four blocks from the stadium are up to $400 this morning pic.twitter.com/g0KwCMW935 - Chris Grandstaff (@c_grandstaff) February 13, 2022 When losing the coin toss before overtime is often the sign of your downfall, win it could have the opposite implication before the inaugural kickoff at the Super Bowl. Whimsical but true: The team now losing the first coin toss has won the last seven Super Bowls, via @EpKap. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 13, 2022 As the Rams and Bengals gear up for another day of work there was someone sitting at home feeling, well, left out. Super Bowl regular - and recently retired - Tom Brady took to Twitter to seemingly lament not getting the opportunity to fight for an eighth ring. Super Bowl Sunday without Brady? You will probably have to get used to that.

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The Rams' wild Super Bowl victory over the Bengals completes the bold all-in plan

The Rams rallied to score the game-winning touchdown in the final two minutes and beat the Bengals for the team's first Super Bowl win in Los Angeles. (Author: Gardener)

Super Bowl-- Essentially picking up a Super Bowl-or-bust theme, the Los Angeles Rams' 2021 season concluded Sunday night in Hollywood as Sean McVay and his team overcame a series of potentially crippling twists and turns to go 23-20 achieve comeback win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Ahead of Super Bowl 56, McVay reiterated a simple but challenging message to his team. Back in the Super Bowl, three years after an embarrassing championship loss to the New England Patriots at the end of the 2018 season, McVay knew all too well how negative pressure can work on players -- and even coaches -- and force them to make untypical mistakes. MORE: Sean McVay becomes youngest NFL coach to win Super Bowl as Rams beat Bengals SUPER BOWL TAKEAWYS: Cooper Kupp gets through in clutch, Rams puts pressure on Joe Burrow Facing a chance for redemption this week, McVay warned his players not to be overwhelmed by the magnitude of the challenge. Despite a harrowing second quarter that left wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. injured late in the game and a stuttering third quarter, the Rams managed to do exactly what McVay preached. And in the end, it was the biggest stars who prevailed for the Rams as Cooper Kupp, who finished as Super Bowl MVP after notching eight catches for 92 yards and two touchdowns, awoke from a quiet second half to Matthew Stafford to save a clutch catch in the last five minutes of the game. Then Aaron Donald, the defense's longtime anchor, single-handedly crushed Joe Burrow and the Bengals' comeback hopes with a monstrous sack of seconds remaining in regulation. After aggressive gamble after aggressive gamble -- shipping top-tier draft picks to big names -- the Rams finally won their championship and cemented their claim to a fan base they've been trying to lock down since moving to Los Angeles in 2016. The Rams had orchestrated an impressive start to the game with touchdown drives crowned by Stafford touchdown passes to Jr. and then to Kupp, the latter of which gave them a 13-3 lead just minutes into the second quarter procured before Cincinnati. Five times this season (three times in the regular season, two times in the postseason), Burrow managed either a fourth-quarter comeback or a game-winning drive. The most recent came in the AFC Championship game, when the Bengals recovered after falling into a 21-3 hole and clawed all the way back to beat Super Bowl favorites Kansas City 27-24 in overtime. And the cool, unabashed, and even brave demeanors of Burrow and coach Zac Taylor were on display as the Bengals methodically assembled an impressive drive that was topped by tricks — pulling a pass from running back Joe Mixon to wide receiver Tee Higgins from within 13-10, and then momentum completely changed the direction of the Bengals thanks to a series of unfortunate events for the Rams. First, Beckham went down clutching his knee after trying in vain to adjust to a pass thrown from behind him. A. another top-flight playmaker but who also eased the pressure on Kupp didn't come back into the game. Then, five games after Beckham's elimination, Stafford subdued a pass intended for Van Jefferson in the end zone, and Cincinnati's Jessie Bates III picked it up. Halftime did nothing to reverse the wave as Burrow hit Higgins with a 75-yard touchdown pass in the first game of the third quarter and Stafford promptly threw another interception — this time out of the hands of wide receiver Ben Skowronek and into the Clutches from cornerback Chidobe Awuzie, who set up a field goal that set up a 38-yard field goal by Evan McPherson. Later in the quarter, the Rams tried to create a spark with a back pass from Kupp to Stafford, but the receiver's throw sailed up and over his quarterback's head, and the Rams had to settle for a 41-yard field from Matt Gay Goal that only reduced the score to 20:16. The Rams can thank their lucky stars for having such a talented defense, as the unit anchored by Donald, Von Miller and Leonard Floyd harassed Burrow throughout the second half, keeping the Bengals at bay and essentially keeping their team in the game. Burrow was looted nine times during the night, two each by Donald and Miller. As the game reached its crucial points, the Rams went to their bread and butter: Stafford vs. Kupp, Stafford vs. Kupp, Stafford vs. Kupp again, including the game-winning touchdown — and then Donald slammed the door with the sack from Burrow, stalked over the field and pointed to his ring finger.

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All-in approach pays off as the Rams win Super Bowl LVI at home

The Rams took bold step after bold step to win that game at SoFi Stadium, and that aggressive approach earned the franchise its second Super Bowl title. (Author: Gardener)

Rams- Super Bowl LVI turned out to be a huge disappointment for the Los Angeles Rams. With a disastrous start to the second half, they lost their lead. With Odell Beckham Jr. they had lost one of their best players to a knee injury. They were about to squander MVP performances from Aaron Donald and Von Miller, not to mention what could be their best championship shot for the foreseeable future. Then, as so often during the Rams' championship season, Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp came to the rescue. In a drive that will go down in NFL lore, Kupp converted a fourth down with an end-around, took three straight penalties and intercepted four passes from Stafford, the last of which was a 1-yard touchdown with 1: 25 remaining produced and completed a 79-yard drive that started at 6:13 a.m. The Rams were without a run and Beckham for most of the evening, so all 70,048 at SiFi Stadium knew where the ball was going as they lined up for fourth and first. Kupp's second goal of the night gave the Rams the lead. The Rams' return to the top of the NFL world is the perfect ending to a story that reads like a Hollywood script. They pledged their future, trading big draft picks to win Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium — the first season with fans at owner Stan Kroenke's $5 billion stadium — and it paid off with a 23- 20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, the Rams won their second Super Bowl championship and their first Los Angeles title since 1951. They moved back to Los Angeles in 2016, a homecoming that followed a 21-year run at St. Louis followed, highlighted by a win in Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000. They fell hard against the Patriots in Super Bowl LIII after the 2018 season, setting the stage for eventual redemption. * Traded two first-round picks for cornerback Jalen Ramsey to the Jacksonville Jaguars for cornerback Jalen Ramsey in October 2019. Second- and third-round picks for Miller on Nov. 1 for the Denver Broncos. Kroenke brought his team back to a highly saturated sports market, long owned by the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Lakers and their 24 combined world championships, which came with the promise of a new stadium and later led to a lawsuit from St. Louis, which ended with 790 million dollars was settled. The Rams capitalized on McVay after a poor and dull 4-12 season under coach Jeff Fisher in the team's first season in L. McVay, who has openly considered his future while trying to balance his work and personal life , is now the youngest head coach to win a Super Bowl at 36. "A lot of people had been dancing in Los Angeles," Rams chief operating officer Kevin Demoff said earlier this month. "No one was ready to say, 'I'm going to buy land, build a stadium, bring my team and really fly my flag, without knowing the outcome.' That first risk, followed by Sean McVay, those two risks got us where we are today." The way the Rams built their championship roster was very risky. They kept giving up high-end draft capital while trading for marquee after marquee player after marquee player -- Ramsey, Miller, receivers Sammy Watkins and Brandin Cooks, and cornerback Marcus Peters, to name a few. But their biggest trade of all was the blockbuster for Stafford, which gave them a much-needed upgrade over Goff - who they drafted first in 2016 after swapping places up 15 - and, they had hoped, the missing piece to one Super Bowl run. Stafford told ESPN after the trade he wanted to play in big games, having been winless in all three of his playoff appearances in 12 seasons with the Lions. He got that chance after leading the Rams to a 12-5 record and an NFC West title. He has proven himself worthy of the big stage by leading game-winning drives in the Divisional Round and the NFC Championship Game. Stafford looked like an early-season MVP contender as the Rams raced to a 7-1 start, but then he committed six turnovers as they lost three straight November games to later playoff teams. They also lost receiver Robert Woods to a season-ending knee injury during that slip, which immediately turned the addition of Beckham from a luxury to a necessity as the No. 2 wideout behind Kupp, NFL Offensive Player of the Year. The Rams won their next five games even though Stafford's turnover problems continued and a COVID-19 surge hit their dressing room, prompting the NFL to reschedule their Week 15 game with the Seattle Seahawks to a Tuesday. They had a chance to eliminate the San Francisco 49ers from playoff contention in Week 18 but blew a 17-0 lead at home - before a sea of ​​red-clad Niners fans who invaded SoFi - along the way to a sixth straight loss to their division rivals. The signings of Beckham and Miller further signaled their all-in approach for 2021. In 11 games, including playoffs, Beckham caught seven touchdown passes while Miller recorded nine sacks. Miller and Beckham were the latest stars to join an ensemble cast that included Kupp (who won the NFL's three-time crown in the regular season), Ramsey (who led the team with four interceptions) and Donald (who won another Defensive Player of the Year had) belonged -worthy season). All three were named First Team All-Pro. But the Rams might not have made it to Super Bowl LVI if some of their lesser-known players hadn't made it through the playoffs with big games. There was backup safety Nick Scott, who knocked out Tom Brady in the divisional round, and linebacker Travin Howard sealed the NFC Championship Game by coming down with an errant Jimmy Garoppolo throw that Donald's pressure forced. the 49ers and capped the Rams' rally after a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter. "Coming back and beating your biggest rival in the biggest game in your new stadium to have the right to play a Super Bowl, that's Hollywood history," Demoff said. The Rams are unlikely to make a first-round pick until 2024 - which would mean seven years without that - after giving up their No. 1 picks of 2022 and 2023 in the Stafford trade. They parted ways with this year's second- and third-rounders for Miller, leaving them without a top 100 pick. They're also nearly $14 million over the 2022 salary cap, which will make it difficult to re-sign upcoming free agents like Beckham and Miller, and to retain high-priced starters like left tackle Andrew Whitworth, who is retiring anyway could. "It's not for the faint of heart," Demoff said of the approach the Rams have taken in building their roster. But the Rams needn't worry now about pulling off the sequel after nailing the perfect ending in Super Bowl LVI.

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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. (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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Rams lead Bengals 13-10 in the second quarter

Stay tuned as the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams battle it out in Super Bowl 56. (Author: Gardener)

RamsIn Super Bowl 56 the offenses are used. The Los Angeles Rams lead the Cincinnati Bengals 13-10 in the second quarter with all three touchdowns through the air. Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford connected with a 17-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the first quarter and an 11-yarder to Cooper Kupp in the second. A poor stop caused the Rams to miss the extra point attempt after Kupp's TD to hold the 13-3. From NFL games to college sports scores, all the top sports news you need to know every day. The Bengals answered the Rams' first goal just before the end of the first quarter with a field goal from Evan McPherson. And then, with a little trickery, Bengals running back Joe Mixon threw out a touchdown pass to wide receiver Tee Higgins from six yards to make the 13-10. 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, but not a record for the warmest Super Bowl ever. 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. 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. This year, a slew of hip-hop heavyweights led by N. rappers Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and Eminem, along with "queen of hip-hop soul" Mary J. Blige joins Dre for the performance, as announced, a nearly 4-minute trailer released last month. 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. If you're looking for a refresher on how to play this fun and easy party game, check out our guide to setting up your own game. 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. Spotlight on the NFL's coaching revolution: The meeting between Sean McVay and Zac Taylor will not only be a reunion between former coach and protégé, but also an indicator of where the league's coaching movement is headed. 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: Rams Lead Bengals 13-10 in Second Quarter

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Everything you need to know about Super Bowl 56

Your essential guide to Super Bowl 56 as the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams attempt to provide a Hollywood ending to an exciting season. (Author: Gardener)

Super BowlOne way or another, it'll be a Hollywood ending to a riveting NFL season with Super Bowl 56, which will offer either the final act of a true underdog story or the conclusion of an ambitious all-star gamble. With another lineup of all-stars also set to make the halftime show a blockbuster, everything is set to be a night like no other in Los Angeles. Absolutely no one believed the Bengals would get this far with just six wins in two previous seasons combined - and in fact, no team had a worse record in the two years before reaching the Super Bowl. With sophomore quarterback Joe Burrow and college teammate Ja'Marr Chase, the Bengals were an offensive team full of outstanding big plays. Aside from Burrow and Chase, the Bengals have a roster that's more befitting of a low-key franchise that's never won the Super Bowl and hasn't even won a playoff game in 31 years up to this season. In contrast, since returning to LA from St. Louis in 2016, the Rams have really taken the Hollywood issue to heart, embarking on an ambitious plan of blockbuster trades to inject established star players into key positions. They've played four Super Bowls in their 86-year history — having started in Cleveland in 1936, moving to LA in the 1940s and St. Louis in the mid-'90s before returning to LA — but they've only had one won. in 2000. Owner Stan Kroenke spent $5.5 billion to build the stunning SoFi Stadium and bring the Super Bowl back to LA, where it was first played in 1967, before the game was even known as the Super Bowl was - for some reason "the AFL". NFL World Championship Game' didn't catch on as a title. Most north London fans will be about as happy about Sunday's Kroenke's Rams win as Manchester United fans were about last year's Glazers Super Bowl win with Tampa Bay. Matthew Stafford and Joe Burrow are only the second pair of quarterbacks to both be drafted top picks overall and meet in the Super Bowl. A decade with struggling Detroit gave Stafford little chance to shine, but the fact that the Rams paid such a high price for a 34-year-old shows how desperate they were to win a Super Bowl. Burrow is only a sophomore but walks and talks like a man destined for the big stage — and his 7-0 record in college and NFL playoff games shows you he usually delivers when the use is highest. He's tough - he's recovered from a brutal knee injury and has been sacked more times this season than any other QB in the league, but he keeps getting up to win. His presence on the field is closest to that of Tom Brady, who, incidentally, won his first Super Bowl in his sophomore season and as a huge underdog. At wide receiver you have the Rams' Cooper Kupp - who has enjoyed a season in which he topped the charts in catches, yards and touchdowns - against Bengals rookie Chase, who has taken the league by storm. There's also intrigue on the sidelines, with Rams head coach Sean McVay taking on a former assistant to Bengals boss Zac Taylor, who was on LA's staff for his last Super Bowl appearance three years ago. It's been an exciting season all year, with a record 35 games won in the very last play and all four games in a crazy divisional round of the playoffs decided by walkoff wins. The Bengals had two walk-off wins to reach the Super Bowl and are known for their second-half comebacks, with a talent for tactical changes at the break. They surpassed their opponents in the third quarter of the season with a league-best 73 points, and as they showed with a big wobble against Brady's defending champions, the Buccaneers, the Rams can struggle to finish games. With an extra-long half-time break to allow Taylor to work his tactical magic, don't turn it off prematurely. As the Super Bowl returns to Los Angeles for the first time in almost 30 years, the NFL has kicked off with a halftime show starring Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Mary J Blige, Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre pulled out all the stops. With 43 Grammys combined, it's another all-star cast for this Hollywood epic and a homecoming for Lamar, Dre and Snoop Dogg. * After 54 years without a team playing a Super Bowl at home, the Rams are second on the go after the Buccaneers won in Tampa last year. * This is only the second time two QBs who were drafted number one overall have met in the Super Bowl - Peyton Manning and Cam Newton were first at Super Bowl 50. * The Bengals have won in two previous Super bowls played. Both lost to the 49ers while the Rams have won one of their four previous appearances. * With Bengals head coach Zac Taylor, 38, and his opponent Sean McVay, 36, this is the youngest head-coaching Super Bowl match ever. * If the Rams win, Sean McVay will become the youngest ever Super Bowl head coach, beating Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin's record of winning at the age of 36 years and 323 days. * The pre-match underdogs have won six of the last 10 Super Bowls. * If the Rams beat the Bengals, they will become the third franchise to win Super Bowls despite being based in two cities, after the Colts -- Baltimore and Indianapolis -- and the Raiders, who won in Oakland and Los Angeles.

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Bengals-Rams analysis, play-by-play, NFL title game highlights

Stay tuned as the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams battle it out in Super Bowl 56. (Author: Gardener)

56The Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams face off in Super Bowl 56 Sunday night at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. Playing at their home stadium, the Rams are looking to win their first Super Bowl title in 22 years, back when the team was located in St. Louis. This is the team's second Super Bowl appearance in the past four seasons, losing to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 53. Quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 905 yards and six touchdowns in the Rams' three playoff games this year. Led by sophomore quarterback Joe Burrow, the Bengals are in the Super Bowl for the first time since 1988. From NFL games to college sports scores, all the top sports news you need to know every day. With football's biggest day of the year comes parties, fandom, betting and - of course - Super Bowl squares. If you're looking for a refresher on how to play this fun and easy party game, check out our guide to setting up your own game. #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. Spotlight on the NFL's coaching revolution: The meeting between Sean McVay and Zac Taylor will not only be a reunion between former coach and protégé, but also an indicator of where the league's coaching movement is headed. 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. 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 2022 Score, Live Updates: Bengals-Rams Analysis, Play-by-Play, NFL Title Game Highlights

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How Matthew Stafford got to Super Bowl 2022: playoff history, years played in Detroit, move to Rams

After 12 seasons without a playoff win in Detroit, Matthew Stafford rewrote the script in Los Angeles and led the Rams to a 3-0 postseason record. (Author: Gardener)

Matthew StaffordBefore becoming quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams ahead of the 2021-22 season, Matthew Stafford spent 12 years with the Detroit Lions. With a 0-3 record in postseason appearances over his time at Detroit, Stafford was saddled with a reputation as a talented quarterback who couldn't win games when it counted. In one season in Los Angeles, Stafford flipped that script. The Rams have won three straight postseason contests with a 20-17 comeback win over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship, in which Stafford made great throws, rushed for 337 yards and two touchdowns. In the game against the 49ers, Stafford led his 44th career win (playoffs included), which always puts him in eighth place. The stage is set for Super Bowl LVI as the Los Angeles Rams are ready to take on the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, February 13 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. 2022 NFL Playoff Results and Beyond To appreciate Stafford's turnaround, it's important to consider the lost seasons before his time in Los Angeles. After a distinguished career at the University of Georgia, Stafford was the #1 draft pick in the 2009 NFL draft by the Lions. While Stafford didn't make a lasting impression for Detroit in the postseason, he rewrote the Lions' record books. During Stafford's 12 years with the Lions, Detroit set a winning record only four times and made the playoffs only three times, never winning a division title and never advancing to the wild card round. At 33 and after 12 years with a team, Stafford became part of the biggest offseason trade in the NFL upon the conclusion of the 2020 season. The Lions traded Stafford to the Rams for QB Jared Goff and first-round picks in 2022 and 2023 and a third-round player in 2021. The trade benefited both parties as it gave a rebuilding Lions team plenty of draft capital and Stafford a chance to advance into the postseason. The Rams, who have adopted a "Super Bowl or Bust" mentality, won't have a first-round pick in the NFL draft until 2024 because they traded away picks to acquire players who can help the team win now. RELATED: How to Watch Super Bowl 2022: Live Stream Online Without Cable, TV Channel, Time for NFL Game Rams vs. Bengals In his first season with the Rams, Stafford was one of the league's top QBs. He finished the regular season with 404 completions in 601 attempts for 4,886 yards, which was good for third overall. Stafford finished the league level on points with 17 interceptions but also finished second overall in the regular season with 41 touchdowns. Stafford's success continued into the postseason as he led the Rams to their second Super Bowl appearance in four years. RELATED: Rams Super Bowl Story: When was the last time Los Angeles won the Super Bowl? Rams head coach Sean McVay has also been instrumental in the team's success. With his appearance in Super Bowl LIII, when the Rams lost to the New England Patriots, McVay became the youngest head coach in Super Bowl history. While last year's Super Bowl was the oldest coaching match in the game's history with Bruce Arians and Andy Reid (both 68 years old at the time), this year's Super Bowl will be the youngest coaching match in history as Bengals head coach Zac Taylor is just 38 years old. McVay is causing a stir in the NFL because of his youth in the coaching ranks. Together, however, McVay and Stafford have a chance to do something no one has done before: win a Lombardi Trophy.

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