The Los Angeles Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday to win the Super Bowl, the annual American football championship.
The score of 23-20 illustrates the intensity of the match.
The Los Angeles Rams took an early lead, leaving the Cincinnati Bengals very narrow, scoring two touchdowns before halftime. About 6 minutes before the break, the LA Rams led by a 10-point margin, 13-3.
The Bengals, aware of the stakes, did not give up. They make a touchdown, then win another 3 points to reduce the gap between the two teams to 3 points, with a score of 13-10 in favor of Los Angeles.
Two minutes before halftime, a crucial pass from the Los Angeles quarterback is intercepted by the Bengals in the end zonerobbing the Rams of a decisive lead.
Misfortune never comes alone: Rams receiver Odell Beckham Jr, a key player on the team, is injured trying to catch a pass from the quarterback. He leaves the game.
The referee whistles for half-time.
Big return of Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg and Mary J. Blige
Perhaps more impressive than the first half of the game, the halftime spectacle took audiences back a few decades. To the delight of audiences and tens of millions of viewers from home, legendary rappers like Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Mary J Blige and Eminem took to the stage in a show of artistic excellence to match. of the biggest sporting event in the United States.
golden oldies, exotic cars, gold chains, fireworks and dosed choreography were on the agenda. The crowd responded enthusiastically.
Celebrities from the worlds of music, sports and film attended the Super Bowl on Sunday, including Jay-Z, LeBron James, Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and South African-born actress Charlize Theron.
Bengals take over
On the restart, from the start of the 3rd quarter, Cincinnati did not waste time, the n°85 grabbed the ball and crossed the end zone Rams for a touchdown. Score: 13-17 in favor of Cincinnati. Suddenly, the dynamic of the match is reversed: the Bengals take over and the Rams are now behind.
Playing at home, Los Angeles wastes no time. A quick riposte is intercepted by the opposing team in the end zone. The score remains unchanged.
The tension mounts and there are brief scuffles between the players of the opposing teams. The referees intervene and everyone calms down.
The Rams comeback
The game stabilized for a while, until about three minutes before the end of the 3rd period, when Los Angeles scored a long-range kick and reduced the score to 16-20.
Towards the end of the game, with less than 2 minutes remaining in regulation time, Los Angeles managed to cross the goal line, but the touchdown was canceled due to fouls on both sides. The ball remains in the hands of the Rams.
With one minute and 25 seconds remaining in regulation time, Los Angeles manages to score and the score is reversed once again: the Rams lead again with 3 points, for a score of 23-20.
In the end, nothing changes and the Los Angeles team wins the final.
Like football, but not really
As a reminder, American football is a sport where two teams of 11 players on either side compete during four periods of 15 minutes each. To score, a player must cross the opposing team’s end zone with the ball in hand.
When a team has the oval ball, it has four attempts to cross the end zone (end zone) of the opposing team and score 6 points (touchdown). A touchdown automatically gives the team that scored the right to add a point to the score by a shot from a dead ball (field goal).
If the team with the ball fails, then the ball passes to the other team, who also have four chances to advance the ball into the end zone of the other team.
Unlike football which is played in Africa, Europe and Latin America, in American football, only one player, the quarterback, is authorized to make passes, except in certain exceptional cases. Usually one player, the kicker, is allowed to kick the ball with his foot. The others carry the ball with their hands.
Finally, unlike football, where substitutions are limited, in American football, each team has two formations that take turns during the match: a defensive team when the ball is in the hands of the opposing team, and an offensive team when the ball is in his possession.