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Super Bowl 2022: Rams top Bengals in epic thriller to capture second title in franchise history – Fox News

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Super Bowl 2022: Rams top Bengals in epic thriller to capture second title in franchise history – Fox News

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The Los Angeles Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 to win Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium 
Matthew Stafford connected with Cooper Kupp for his third touchdown pass of the game to take the lead with 1:25 left. 
Stafford led the Rams on a 15-play, 79-yard drive which ended on a Kupp touchdown. A few penalties down the stretch of the final drive also helped Los Angeles get to the 1-yard line to score. Stafford was initially stopped on a quarterback sneak before he found Kupp.
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Matthew Stafford evades the Bengals defense. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The veteran quarterback, who captured his first Super Bowl ring with the win, finished with 283 passing yards, three touchdown passes and two interceptions.
The Rams needed some help in the latter half of the game. The offense lost Odell Beckham Jr. toward the end of the second quarter with a knee injury and it appeared the team was sputtering come out of halftime after the Bengals scored on a 75-yard touchdown pass from Joe Burrow to Tee Higgins and then capitalized on a Stafford interception.
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Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals reacts in the second quarter during Super Bowl LVI against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
Cincinnati held a 20-13 lead with 10:15 left in the third quarter after an Evan McPherson field goal.
But that would be the final time the Bengals would score.
Los Angeles kicker Matt Gay hit a 41-yard field goal to cut the lead to four points. Neither team would score until Stafford got the offense together on their final drive and led them to a touchdown.
The Rams’ defense got to Burrow seven times and even left him limping off to the sideline for a little bit.
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Los Angeles running back Cam Akers had 21 yards on 13 carries, leading the team. Kupp had eight catches for 92 yards and two touchdowns. Beckham had two catches for 52 yards and a touchdown.
Kupp, the NFL Offensive Player of the Year, was named Super Bowl MVP. He’s the first non-quarterback to win the award since Julian Edelman did it for the New England Patriots against the Rams a few years ago in Super Bowl LIII.
Cooper Kupp #10 of the Los Angeles Rams celebrates after Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. The Los Angeles Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Aaron Donald finished with four tackles and two sacks in the game. He won his first ring. He told NBC’s Michele Tafoya after the game he wasn’t sure whether he would retire after the game. NBC Sports reported that he was mulling the decision if the Rams won the game Sunday night.
Burrow and the Bengals fought hard.
The team stayed in the game throughout and even connected on some trickery in the second quarter. Running back Joe Mixon looked like he was going to carry the ball on a sweep play but instead pulled back and found Higgins in the end zone for their first touchdown of the night.
NFL fans watching the game were calling it the “Cincy Special” in homage to the Philadelphia Eagles’ play in Super Bowl LII.
The Vince Lombardi Trophy is seen following Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. The Los Angeles Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Burrow finished 22-for-33 with 263 passing yards and a touchdown pass. He was sacked even times for 43 yards but didn’t turn the ball over.
Mixon finished with 72 yards on 15 carries and the touchdown pass. Higgins has four catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns. Ja’Marr Chase had five catches for 89 yards.
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Los Angeles picks up its first Super Bowl title since the 2000 season when the Kurt Warner-led team beat the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXIV.
Ryan Gaydos is the sports editor for Fox News and Fox Business. Story tips can be sent to Ryan.Gaydos@fox.com.
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