Recapping an Exciting Super Bowl


The Super Bowl took place on Sunday February 13th at 3:30 PT between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals. These two teams had some very different stories coming into the season. The Rams were contenders before the season even started. They had been in the Super Bowl only three years ago, when they lost to Tom Brady and the Patriots. They traded for then Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford at the start of the season catapulting them back into Super Bowl contention. The Rams are star studded with players like Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey, Cooper Kupp, and many more.

The Bengals were the opposite, they came into the season projected to be bottom five in the league. That was far from what happened. The Bengals had new acquisitions like Ja’marr Chase, Trey Hendrickson, and many more. They also had Joe Burrow back from a torn ACL and MCL. The Bengals were constantly ranked a bottom five team in preseason rankings. Despite all the negative rankings the Bengals were firing on all cylinders all year. They finished 10-7 and won the AFC north. They got fourth seed in the AFC overall.

Both teams battled through the playoffs with many close games. When it came to the super bowl it was no different.  After a Rams punt on the first drive of the game the Bengals took a risk and went for it on fourth down. Needing only one yard the Bengals threw a curl to Ja’marr Chase but it was swatted by linebacker Ernest Jones. The Rams capitalized on the good field position and drove down the field for a Odell Beckham Jr. touchdown. The quarter ended with the Bengals kicking a field goal.

The Rams picked up where they left off in the first quarter. After some chunk plays the Rams found themselves at the eleven yard line. Lining up in a usual tight end position Cooper Kupp broke free for a wide open touchdown making the score 13-3 Rams. On the following possession the Bengals drove down to the 6 yard line where they pulled off a trick play for a Tee Higgins touchdown. With the ball back, a three point lead, and almost six minutes to play in the half the Rams started driving down the field. After getting to the 50 yard line The Rams threw a bomb to the endzone where Jessie Bates intercepted Staffords pass. Despite the turnover the Bengals couldn’t make it into scoring range making the score 13-10 at half.

The third quarter started off with a bang where Joe Burrow connected with Tee Higgins for a 75 yard touchdown bomb. The rest of the third quarter wasn’t very exciting including just a field goal for both teams. Finishing the quarter 16-20 Bengals.

With the tensions high as ever the Rams started the fourth quarter with the ball. The first four drives of the fourth were four straight punts, two from both team. With both defenses holding strong the Rams got the ball with 6:13 left in the game on the 20 yard line. Through many great passes and runs the Rams were able to drive all the way down the field to the eight yard line by the two minute warning. After a plethora of failed downs and some questionable flags the Rams somehow ended up with a first on the one yard line. After a failed first down Matthew Stafford took the snap and lofted the ball to the right back of the endzone where Cooper Kupp had burnt his matchup. After making the field goal the Rams were up 23-20 needing one stop to ice the game. The Bengals started off their last drive with a great play to Ja’marr Chase where he got about 15 yards. On the first play of the new downs Joe Burrow hit Tyler Boyd over the middle for a nine yard gain. After a second down that went nowhere Samaje Perine ran it up the middle for about a yard just barely behind the first. With the Super Bowl on the line Joe Burrow took the fourth and one snap for the biggest play of his young career. The Rams immediately got pressure which forced Burrow to throw up a prayer to Perine but it fell incomplete making the Rams Super Bowl champions.