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Game Recap: Matthew Stafford’s fourth-quarter, go-ahead touchdown pass to Cooper Kupp, Aaron Donald’s fourth-down pressure lifts Rams to 23-20 victory over Bengals in Super Bowl LVI.

Inglewood, Calif. – When it mattered most, three of the Rams’ biggest playmakers stepped up big-time.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford‘s go-ahead touchdown pass to wide receiver Cooper Kupp with 1:25 left, followed by defensive lineman Aaron Donald‘s fourth-down pressure of Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow on the ensuing drive lifted the Rams to a 23-20 victory over the Bengals in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium, giving them their first Super Bowl title in Los Angeles.

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Trailing 20-16 with 6:20 remaining, the Rams reached the Bengals 8-yard line with under 2 minutes remaining. Facing a 3rd-and-goal from that spot, Stafford’s pass intended for Kupp was broken up, but a defensive holding call against the Bengals kept the drive alive. On the next play, Stafford fired what was initially the go-ahead, four-yard touchdown pass to Kupp, but it was negated by off-setting penalties.

A pass interference penalty against the Bengals on the next play advanced the ball to their 1-yard line with 1:38 left. Stafford then connected with Kupp from one yard out for the go-ahead touchdown pass to put the Rams up 23-20 with 1:25 left.

Quarterback Joe Burrow opened the Bengals’ ensuing series with a 17-yard completion to wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase and 9-yard completion to wide receiver Tee Higgins to move them to midfield. Needing to convert on 4th and 1 from the Rams 49 to keep the drive alive, Donald slammed the door shut pressuring Burrow into an incompletion that resulted in a turnover on downs.

Stafford completed 26 of 40 pass attempts for 283 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in the victory. Kupp tallied eight receptions for 92 yards and two touchdowns, while wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. posted two receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown before exiting the game late in the first half with a knee injury.

Meanwhile, the Rams defense collected seven sacks, led by Donald and outside linebacker Von Miller’s two each.

Here is the complete game recap, presented by Audi:

The Rams opened with a 3-and-out, but managed to get the ball back shortly thereafter thanks to a big fourth-down stop at midfield on the ensuing series. Helped by a 20-yard catch-and-run by Kupp on 3rd-and-3, Los Angeles got on the board on their second offensive series via a 17-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to Beckham for a 7-0 lead with 6:22 left in the first quarter.

A 46-yard, one-handed grab by wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase put Cincinnati in position to potentially answer late in the first quarter, but it could only come away with a field goal after Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow misfired on his next three pass attempts, with Miller and Ramsey each breaking up one.

Connecting with Beckham for 35 yards and Henderson for 25, the Rams quickly responded on the following drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to Kupp. While the extra point attempt was unsuccessful, the score still gave the Rams a 13-3 lead early in the second quarter.

The Bengals pulled close again, though, as a 7-minute and 4-second scoring drive capped off by a 6-yard touchdown pass from running back Joe Mixon to wide receiver Tee Higgins cut the Rams’ lead to three with 5:47 left in the first half.

As the Rams were looking to answer, they lost Beckham to a knee injury. Four plays later, Stafford was intercepted by Bengals safety Jessie Bates III in the endzone on a deep pass intended for wide receiver Van Jefferson.

Neither team could muster anything on either of their next two possessions, leaving the Rams with a 13-10 halftime lead.

The Bengals took the lead 17-13 on the first play of the second half, as Burrow fired a 75-yard touchdown pass to Higgins put to them ahead.

Sixteen seconds later, Stafford’s pass slipped through wide receiver Ben Skowronek’s hands and into cornerback Chidobe Awuzie’s for the interception at the Rams 31. The Bengals went for it on 4th and 1 from the Rams 22 and converted via Burrow scrambling for the first down, but Donald’s second sack of the drive and game secured the third-down stop for Los Angeles, holding Cincinnati to a field goal. However, Los Angeles still faced a 7-point deficit early in the third quarter.

L.A. added a 41-yard field goal by Gay on the ensuing series to cut its deficit to four with 5:58 left in the third quarter. Its next points would not come until 1:25 in the fourth quarter on Stafford’s second touchdown pass to Kupp, but it gave them back the lead 23-20.

Donald’s pressure on the following drive made sure they wouldn’t need to answer, clinching the victory.

Game Recap: Matt Gay’s game-winning field goal lifts Rams to 30-27 win over Bucs, sending them to NFC Championship.

Tampa, Fla. – It took overcoming a chaotic fourth quarter and a game-winning field goal by kicker Matt Gay, but the Rams earned a 30-27 win over the No. 2-seed Buccaneers on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium to advance to the NFC Championship game.

With the victory, the Rams will host the No. 6-seed 49ers in the NFC Championship game on Sunday, January 30 at 3:30 p.m. pacific time at SoFi Stadium. Click here to purchase tickets, click here to learn about suites.

The Rams led 27-13 late in the fourth quarter when Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady fired a 55-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Evans to reduce the Rams’ lead to seven with 3:20 remaining.

Tampa Bay then recovered a fumble by running back Cam Akers at the Los Angeles 30 on the ensuing possession, giving it a chance to tie the game. It reached the Los Angeles 9-yard line, facing a 4th and 1 with 46 seconds left, and converted with a 9-yard touchdown run by running back Leonard Fournette, tying the game 27-27 with 42 seconds left.

With 35 seconds to go, Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford fired a 20-yard completion to wide receiver Cooper Kupp, then connected with Kupp again for 44 yards to put the Rams at the Tampa Bay 12 with three seconds left. From there, Gay drained the game-winning, 30-yard field goal as time expired, sending the Rams to the NFC Championship.

Stafford completed 28 of 38 pass attempts for 366 yards and two touchdowns, also rushing for another touchdown, while Kupp hauled in nine receptions for 183 yards and one touchdown.

Here is the complete game recap, presented by Audi:

After the Rams forced the Buccaneers to punt following a third-down pass breakup by cornerback Darious Williams, the Rams used a pair of explosive plays – a 20-yard completion from Stafford to Beckham, followed by a 29-yard completion from Stafford to Higbee – to get on the board first with a 26-yard field goal by Gay for an early 3-0 lead.

That lead expanded to 10-0 with 3:28 left in the second quarter when Stafford connected with tight end Kendall Blanton for a 7-yard touchdown pass, the first touchdown of Blanton’s NFL career.

The Bucs answered with their first points of the contest on the ensuing possession via a 45-yard field goal by kicker Ryan Succop to reduce the Rams’ lead to seven.

The Rams responded with a 70-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to Kupp to go up 17-3 early in the second quarter.

Following Succop’s missed 48-yard field goal attempt, the Rams added a 40-yard field goal from Gay to go up 20-3 with 2:19 left in the first half.

A Nick Scott interception 19 seconds later gave the Rams another chance to build on that lead, but they were unable to capitalize due to Akers’ fumble at the Bucs 1-yard line which was forced and recovered by safety Antoine Winfield. However, the Bucs chose to run out he remaining 19 seconds, leaving the halftime score 20-3.

Wide receiver Brandon Powell’s 33-yard punt return once again gave the Rams advantageous field position, and they capitalized on the ensuing possession via a 1-yard touchdown run by Stafford to expand their lead to 27-3 midway through the third quarter.

The Bucs added a 31-yard field goal by Succop late in the third quarter to make it 27-6. A fumble by Kupp on the ensuing possession gave the ball back to Tampa Bay at the Los Angeles 30, and, with a 4th-and-9 conversion keeping the drive alive, Tampa Bay cut further into the L.A. lead with a one-yard touchdown run by Fournette late in the third quarter.

Rams outside linebacker Von Miller recovered his own forced fumble on a strip-sack of Brady, giving the Rams the ball at the Bucs 25 early in the third quarter.

However, after the Rams took over, the first snap went over Stafford’s head and was recovered by the Buccaneers and returned five yards to the Rams 45-yard line.The Buccaneers went for it on 4th and 14 from the Rams 36, but were unable to convert, resulting in a turnover on downs giving the ball back to the Rams.

The Rams had a chance to increase their lead to 30-13 on the ensuing possession, but Gay’s 47-yard field goal missed short, keeping it a two-possession game with 6:36 remaining.

The Bucs reached the Rams 31 after the change of possession following the missed field goal, but gave the ball back to the Rams after failing to convert on 4th and 9 from there.

Brady connected with Evans on a 55-yard touchdown pass with 3:20 left, cutting the Rams’ lead to 27-20. On the ensuing possession, the Bucs recovered a fumble by Akers at the Rams’ 30.

Fournette’s 9-yard touchdown run tied the game 27-27, but still left plenty of time for the Rams to get the win with 46 seconds remaining. All Stafford needed was two completions totaling 64 yards to Kupp to put the Rams and Gay in position to win. – Rams Recap Press by Stu Jackson