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The Bengals Lost, but at Least They Covered

Super Bowl LVI did not disappoint as it mirrored almost all the games in this postseason by going down to the wire. The Rams came from behind to win their second title in five tries with 23-20 on Sunday. The Bengals were the underdogs, but at least they covered the 4-point spread most online sportsbooks gave them.

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Los Angeles had to come from behind in the fourth quarter to win Super Bowl LVI against a tough Bengals team. The Rams led 13-10 at halftime on the strength of two Matthew Stafford touchdowns to Odell Beckham Jr. and Cooper Kupp. However, Beckham would be injured in the first half and not return for the Rams. 

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They immediately gave up the lead in the second half after the Bengals scored a touchdown on the first play of the third quarter to go up 17-13. The Rams would continue to trail until the fourth quarter when they went on a 15 play, 79-yard drive that would end with a second touchdown pass to Cooper Kupp with 1:25 left for the game-winning score. 

Kupp took home MVP honors in the game after catching eight passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns. He was also critical in the fourth quarter and made several big plays on the Rams’ final scoring drive. 

Matthew Stafford was 26 of 40 passing, with 283 yards and three touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions. In this first season with the Rams, he earned a Super Bowl ring after spending twelve long years in Detroit without a playoff victory. 

Aaron Donald and Von Miller would lead the LA defense with two sacks apiece. Both players had three hits on Burrow, along with Ernest Jones, who also had a sack and a quarterback hit. Donald and Miller had two of the most critical sacks of the game, as Miller had a fourth-quarter sack that would put the Bengals in a third-and-long inside their own five-yard line, and Donald had the sack that would decide the game with the clock running out in the final period.

Bengals Come Up Short in Fourth Quarter  

The Cincinnati Bengals went into this Super Bowl hoping to get another upset win in the 2022 postseason. But, unfortunately, their luck ran out yesterday as the Rams shut them out in the final period to get the victory. Joe Burrow was sacked seven times, which isn’t anything new for this team, but the last sack was the most critical as it guaranteed victory for Los Angeles. 

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Cincinnati trailed by three points at the half, but on the first play of the third quarter, Burrow hooked up with Tee Higgins for a 75-yard touchdown. The Bengals added another field goal and led until the fourth quarter, when the Rams scored the go-ahead touchdown with a little more than a minute left in regulation. 

They got the ball back and drive as far as the Rams’ 49-yard line. Burrow then dropped back to attempt a pass on fourth-and-one but was sacked by All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald to seal the victory for Los Angeles. The Bengals are now 0-3 in Super Bowl appearances.

Joe Burrow finished 22-33 for 263 yards and a touchdown. RB Joe Mixon would also throw a touchdown pass for the Bengals. WR Tee Higgins was the recipient of both touchdowns, catching four passes for 100 yards. Mixon also rushed the ball 15 times for 72 yards.

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Erik is a writer and a sports nut who has had the good fortune to be able to experience a wide variety of world sports action up close and personal. He enjoys staying on top of the changing world of athletics and capitalizing on his writing skills to offer a unique take on what's going on in the ever-changing athletics ecosystem.

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