Super Bowl LVI recap

Jack Hancsin, The Delphi Staff

Super Bowl LVI ended in a Rams’ victory, 23-20, but there were many enticing events that led to the Rams’ 2nd Super Bowl win.

In the first quarter, the Rams were up 7-3 after Beckham’s 17-yard touchdown reception. Then, the two teams exchanged punts which led to the Bengals offense coming alive. 

Joe Burrow completed a 46 yard pass to Ja’Marr Chase over Jalen Ramsey, who later broke up a big third down pass attempt in the same drive. 

To end the first quarter, Bengals kicker Evan McPherson made a 29-yarder to put the Bengals on the board with more total yards than the Rams.

To start off the second quarter, Cooper Kupp had a 11-yard touchdown reception in the back right corner of the end zone to make the score 13-3. Johnny Hekker dropped the snap for the PAT after he caught it, which led to no PAT.

The Bengals responded quickly with Joe Mixon receiving a pitch from Joe Burrow, who then threw it to Tee Higgins in the back of the end zone for a touchdown. This score brought the Bengals to only trail by 3.

Later that quarter, Beckham went down with a non-contact knee injury which listed him as questionable for the rest of the game.

Five plays later, Matthew Stafford intended a pass for Van Jefferson in the endzone; however, Bengals safety Jessie Bates III intercepted the pass to keep the Rams from scoring for the rest of the quarter.

The score at halftime was Los Angeles Rams 13, Cincinnati 10.

In the third quarter, Tee Higgins carried the first drive with a 75-yard reception to lead them to scoring drive. Then, Higgins beat Ramsey in a one on one matchup in the endzone to put the Bengals up 17-13.

For the Rams, things started to go downhill. Chidobe Awuzie intercepted Matthew Stafford on their first drive in the third quarter which put the Bengals in great position to score again.

McPherson nailed a 38-yard field goal to put the Bengals up by seven.

Matt Gay responded with a field goal, which was the final score of the third quarter, making the score 20-16 Bengals.

The fourth quarter was where the Rams decided to turn it around. Matthew Stafford hit Cooper Kupp for a one-yard touchdown pass with one minute and 25 seconds left in the game. Kupp jumped into the air in the right corner of the end zone to beat Eli Apple for the game winner. 

Stafford led the Rams on a 15-play, 79-yard drive to seal their second Super Bowl win. 

Final Score: Los Angeles Rams 23, Cincinnati Bengals 20.