Rams Win Second SB Title on Sunday

Rams defeat the Bengals to win their second Super Bowl title. Matthew Stafford, Aaron Donald, Cooper Kupp and their families celebrate the team win

Mustang Staff

The LA Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 to win their second Super Bowl title at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. Wide receiver Cooper Kupp received the game MVP award with 100 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Rams Coach Sean McVay learned from the crushing loss to the Patriots in their last SB appearance in 2019. The 13-3 defeat was the lowest scoring SB in NFL history. Last year’s final SB score was a blowout (31-9) with the Buccaneers dominating the Chiefs. This year the Rams finished the regular season (12-5) with their biggest wins against the Bucs and Niners, but they also had awful losses to the Packers (36-28), Titans (28-16) and Niners. Their opponents in the SB, the Bengals, were 10-7 with key victories over the Chiefs and Titans, but glaring losses to the Browns (21-16), Chargers (41-22) and Jets.

The Rams’ defense was the key to victory on Sunday. Aaron Donald and Von Miller both had big sacks on Joe “Shiesty” Burrow. Darious Williams and Ernest Jones had 15 tackles combined. Brycen Hopkins and Odell Beckham were also vital to the Stafford win over the upstart Bengals. Having home field advantage gave the Rams an edge over Taylor, Higgins, Mixon, Hubbard, and the Bengal squad.

“All of our plans for the Super Bowl and Super Bowl week remain fully in place,” stated NFL Director of Event Operations, Katie Keenan. The recent Omicron surge led to reports that the Super Bowl would be moved to Texas, but Keenan and other local leaders insisted that Los Angeles would be the host city for Super Bowl 56 on February 13. The underdog Rams defeated Tom Brady and the defending champion Buccaneers. Shortly after, they defeated their rival SF Forty-niners to advance to the Super Bowl.

Earlier this month LA County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer recommended a halt on “nonessential gatherings” in light of the rising cases. On January 16, the Health Department reported over 43,000 new cases and 53 additional deaths in Los Angeles.

The last time LA hosted a Super Bowl was 1967, the first Super Bowl, when the Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs (35-10). At the time over 61,000 fans attended the game at the LA Memorial Coliseum. The new SoFi Stadium in Inglewood can hold 70,000 fans. At stake economically is $300 million which Super Bowl host cities have earned on the average in recent years. This year’s Halftime Show will feature local musicians Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar along with Eminem and Mary J. Blige.

Other events leading up to the Super Bowl include the Bud Light SB Music Fest at Crypto.com Arena with musicians Miley Cyrus, Halsey, and Green Day. At another SB themed event, the Player’s Tailgate, celebrity chef Guy Fieri and his team will prepare tasty selections for football fans at Hollywood Park Casino reports Chris Gardner of The Hollywood Reporter.

Rams’ Chief Operating Officer Kevin Demoff said that SoFi has followed all covid safety protocols for 17 regular season games with the Rams and Chargers. The Super Bowl is scheduled to welcome fans at full capacity with proof of vaccination or a recent negative test. The game will begin at 3:30 pm on NBC.

In 2000 the St. Louis Rams led by QB Kurt Warner (2 TDs and 414 yards) defeated the Tennessee Titans and Steve McNair to win their first SB title. Isaac Bruce ran for 162 yards and London Fletcher and Billy Jenkins led the Rams in tackles. Rams coach and San Jose State graduate, Dick Vermeil, left the Rams after the SB win and was replaced by Mike Martz.