NFL: Los Angeles Rams win the Super Bowl after a Hollywood thriller

« I’m so proud of this team. There are so many deserving guys, who gave heart and soul for this group. This game is the story of our season. We had ups and downs, but we succeeded »commented the quarterback.

Thus ends the season of the Professional American Football League (NFL), in line with exceptional play-offs marked by incredible match scenarios. And, like in a Hollywood movie in LA’s SoFi Stadium, this Super Bowl, 56th in the name, also had its share of twists and turns.

Crowned for the first time in 2000, when the franchise was based in Saint-Louis (Missouri), the Rams succeeded the Buccaneers, whom they had eliminated in mid-January, accelerating without knowing it yet the retirement of the legendary Tom Brady, seven-time champion.

This surprise victory was in itself a revenge taken on the legendary quarterback, who had deprived them of the title in 2018, then winning his sixth ring with the New England Patriots.

And like Tampa Bay last year, the Rams managed to be sacred in their lair.

Beckham Jr injured

Yet they didn’t really feel like they were playing at home as the $5.5 billion SoFi, packed with 70,000 spectators, was striped orange and black, with Bengals fans winning by the decibels .

If it weren’t for the sun, the ambient 30 degrees Celsius and all the present show business, from The Rock, who presented the two teams on the microphone, to Jennifer Lopez, via Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal , Sean Penn, Samuel L. Jackson, Charlize Theron and Ye (Kanye West), face completely covered with a black veil, it was like being in Ohio.

The start of the match was not to the advantage of the Bengals, however, as Stafford offered two touchdowns, in the first and second quarters, to Odell Beckham Jr, then to Cooper Kupp, already him, after a series of varied attacks. who made the opposing defense dizzy (13-3).

Cincinnati responded immediately. Joe Burrow after a few good first drives, combined with running-back Joe Mixon who played quarterbacks and found Tee Higgins for the touchdown (13-10).

As soon as it restarted, the match then took a big turn, when Beckham Jr injured his left knee on his own. In October 2020, while playing with the Cleveland Browns, he suffered a cruciate ligament rupture against these same Bengals. This curse momentarily knocked out his people.

Burrow sack seven times

Because after the halftime show, at the top of hip-hop, with Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blidge, Kendrick Lamar, and 50 Cent as a surprise guest, Cincinnati made the start of the second period thundering.

From his first throw, Burrow sent the kind of « hallelujah » pass that we usually try as a last resort and, 75 yards further, Tee Higgins, author of a double, caught it to go to the touchdown. A superb action although marred by a fault not whistled, the receiver having in his race caught the grid of the helmet of his defender (17-13).

LA was going badly and Stafford was intercepted a second time. But his defenders held the Rams home, putting Burrow through hell, sack seven times, tied for a Super Bowl record.

« It hurts. I’m disappointed with my performance. I think I could have given us a chance to win. We live and we learn »he commented.

After Evan McPherson made it 20-13 for the Bengals, then reduced to 20-16 by Matt Gay, the final quarter was down to business.

And, finally, Stafford found Kupp, logically named MVP.

« They both came back to life and shone brightest when needed. That’s why we were successful »paid tribute to them Sean McVay, the youngest coach to win a Super Bowl at 36 years old.

For Cincinnati, this defeat in the final is the third after those conceded in 1982 and 1989 against the San Francisco 49ers. Probably the hardest to collect.

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