Rams Stop Bengals With The Last Play Of The Game To Clinch Historic Super Bowl Victory
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The Los Angeles Rams are Super Bowl champions, stopping Joe Burrow and Cincinnati Bengals offence in the final play of the game to come up with a historic victory.
With the score locked at 23-20, the Bengals needed just one yard on the fourth down to put them within field goal range to level things up.
But - as has been the case throughout the majority of the season - the Rams defence came out on top, securing a last-gasp sack to secure a victory in the dying embers of the game.
Joe Burrow, who the Bengals selected first overall in the 2020 draft, fell agonisingly short of defeating the Los Angeles Rams in their own backyard.
For the Rams, they'll be celebrating long into the night - or the week, for that matter.
Meanwhile, this certainly won't be the last time we see Burrow and the Bengals in the big dance.
It was the home side which drew first blood though, Odell Beckham Jr scoring a touchdown in the biggest game of the season to truly transform his fortunes after a tumultuous time with the Cleveland Browns.
But unfortunately for OBJ and the Rams, his night would come to a premature end.
The star wide receiver landed awkwardly while trying to take a catch and twisted his knee on the SoFi Stadium turf.
He wouldn't return to the game, meaning Los Angeles needed someone to step up in offence to help veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Enter, Cooper Kupp.
The offensive player of the year managed to extend the lead, but the Bengals defence were relentless with their pressure in the second and third quarters.
And it appeared to pay off as Cincinnati duo Chidobe Awuzie and Jessie Bates produced some valuable interceptions to put the Rams right back on their heels.
At the other end of the field, Burrow and his giant-killing Bengals were slowly building momentum.
Joe Mixon was making up valuable yardage was some strong carries while receivers Ja'Marr Chase and Tee Higgins were giving the Rams secondaries all sorts of headaches.
Higgins, wearing the same number as Bengals legend Chad 'Ochocinco' Johnson, bagged two touchdowns to extend his side's lead even further - one of them even coming from a pass from running back Mixon.
With the Bengals in front in the fourth, momentum started swinging in the Rams' favour with the passionate partisan crowd in LA realling turning up the volume.
Kupp sprung into life again, making some huge catches down the field before finally scoring in the corner to give LA a 23-20 lead.
It was then down to star quarterback Burrow to put together a drive which would see the Bengals within field goal range.
But unfortunately for him, the Rams defence stood in his path, coming up with a huge play to deny him thanks to three-time defensive player of the year Aaron Donald.
Incredibly, Burrow was sacked a whopping eight times by the Rams' star-studded defence - surpassing Roger Staubach in the Super Bowl record books.
In just his second season in the NFL, Burrow's Super Bowl debut came earlier than any other starting quarterback that was drafted No.1 overall.
As for his opposite number over at the Rams, 13-year veteran Stafford, his Super Bowl debut was later than any other starting quarterback drafted first.
This time, it was the old dog with a few new tricks who came out on top.
As for Rams play-caller Sean McVay, at 36 years of age he's the youngest ever coach to win a Super Bowl ring.
A truly incredible game accompanied by a legendary half-time show for the ages.