The Rams edged out the Bengals, 23-20, in a thrilling Super Bowl 2022 that came down to the final drive. It’s tough to fault a team that almost won it all, but when the big game is so close, it’s impossible not to look at the ways things could have gone differently.
It's all so bittersweet for Odell Beckham Jr. at the moment. On Sunday, he finally ascended the mountain and became an NFL champion when Matthew Stafford and Co. helped lead the Los Angeles Rams to a 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium in Super Bowl LVI. Unfortunately for Beckham, he didn't finish the game after being helped to the locker room with a knee injury late in the second quarter -- not to return -- after falling to the ground in noticeable pain on a non-contact incomplete pass.
Super Bowl LVI delivered a crushing ending for long-suffering Bengals fans. Arguably Cincinnati’s most-pressing issue surfaced at a terrible time for the AFC champions. On an all-important fourth-and-1 from the Rams’ 49-yard line, Cincinnati’s shaky offensive line couldn’t hold up and allowed Aaron Donald to quickly put pressure on Joe Burrow. The Bengals quarterback was forced to settle for a desperation flip as he was being swung down by Donald, and the incomplete pass effectively put the dagger in Cincinnati.
A single snapshot from Super Bowl LVI should haunt everyone within the Cincinnati Bengals organization for the next seven months and motivate them to be even better. That image? Quarterback Joe Burrow lying on the SoFi Stadium turf, writhing in pain yet again from another sack. Fortunately, the 25-year-old is tough as nails and came back into the game, but it was only to see his team falter when it mattered the most.
2022 Super Bowl: Bengals' short-yardage calls vs. Rams among questionable coaching decisions in big game
Sunday night's title showdown between the Bengals and Rams featured the youngest head-coaching matchup in Super Bowl history. It didn't necessarily feature the best head-coaching matchup in Super Bowl history, at least based on the two sides' in-game decision-making. Make no mistake, Zac Taylor deserves lots of credit for leading Cincinnati to its first Super Bowl appearance in more than 30 years, and Sean McVay has rightfully made history for winning Los Angeles a trophy.
Everyone in SoFi Stadium knew Cooper Kupp was getting the ball except for Kupp himself. The Rams, trailing the Bengals 20-16, were facing a second-and-7 at around midfield with just over three minutes left in Super Bowl LVI. Sean McVay had dialed up one of his go-to route combinations: a short stop route from tight end Brycen Hopkins (88), meant to draw the defense up, with Kupp (10) running a deep in-breaker behind it.
LOS ANGELES _ Even as Aaron Donald released Joe Burrow from his ever-present fourth-and-one clutches at midfield with 39 seconds left to secure Super Bowl LVI for the Rams and send the Bengals to a 23-20 loss, Bengals fans were no doubt cataloging it among the great heartbreaks in franchise history:
INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Joe Burrow used some of the time during the bye week before the Super Bowl to watch A Football Life about former St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner. In the locker room after the Bengals lost Super Bowl LVI to the Rams, 23-20, Burrow sat for a long while. One of the things he thought about was something Warner said during the show. The Rams, Warner said, had let their loss in Super Bowl XXXVI to the New England Patriots sting too much. They did not celebrate what they did accomplish. Burrow, his voice low, his right knee in apparent pain, wanted to celebrate what the Bengals had done, in stunning the NFL with a run to the Super Bowl just one season after winning four games.
Underdogs win Super Bowls by creating turnovers, playing clean and entering the fourth quarter within a score with a quarterback capable of creating some off-script magic. The Bengals hit on all three on Sunday. The game was right there for Cincinnati to close out. Then the Rams’ stars took over,...
INGLEWOOD, Calf. -- Joe Burrow got beat up, play after play as the Los Angeles defensive front dominated Super Bowl LVI, en route to a 23-20 Rams victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. In the fourth quarter, Von Miller took Burrow down for the Rams' seventh sack of the...
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LOS ANGELES - A Bengals franchise that won one of the two coldest NFL games ever tries to win its first NFL championship Sunday in what may be the hottest Super Bowl ever behind the young quarterback nicknamed Joe Cool. The longshot Bengals, two years removed from 2-14 and two...
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INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Tyler Boyd picked a bad time for his first drop of the season. The Bengals’ wide receiver had a Joe Burrow pass hit him right in the hands on third-and-9 with 6:20 left in the game and his team clinging to a 20-16 lead in Super Bowl LVI. Boyd had not dropped a pass all season, according to Pro Football Focus, but the ball bounced off his hands in one of the most critical moments of the Bengals’ season.
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GREEN BAY, Wis. – In 2007, the Green Bay Packers used a seventh-round draft pick on Clark Harris. On Sunday, he’ll be playing in his first Super Bowl. Harris was drafted as a tight end. And he was a good one, too. While playing in a run-first offense at Rutgers, Harris caught 143 passes for 2,015 yards and 11 touchdowns during a career in which he was a three-time all-Big East first-team selection. He also was the long snapper.