Los Angeles is in huge celebrations thanks to the Rams, their defensive line, Matthew Stafford and, above all, the stellar Cooper Kupp; unequivocal MVP of the LVI edition of the Super Bowl, where the Rams overcame a tough Bengals (20-23). This victory comes despite the predictions that positioned them well below the Los Angeles team, were a tough nut to crack, taking the game to the limit and staying very close to the victory.
The Rams won in the clutch
The Super Bowl development was, in fact, a game-changer. Both the Rams and the Bengals had their passages of dominance throughout the game. Joe Burrow, an apparent “loser” of the night, had a more than good performance; considering that his protection line was practically absent during almost the entire game, and he had to face one of the best defenses in the NFL.
His second and third periods, where his team scored 17 points, were brilliant. However, in the defining moment, known as the clutch in basketball parlance, the Bengals’ offense shut down and was reduced to its minimum expression thanks to the impressive work of the Rams without the ball in their possession.
In the last period, there were no moves or timely releases for the Bengals. In addition, the passivity in the protection zone left Burrow at the mercy of the Rams’ defensive line.
The opposite was true for Los Angeles, as they had a fantastic start to the game, scoring no less than thirteen points, forcing the Bengals to fight back. The late second half slump -which lasted until the middle of the last quarter-came to an end when Cooper Kupp, the ten, began to throw effective throws, find space and make important receptions that sunk the Bengals against their own backfield. His was the last touchdown on a pass from Stafford that gave the Rams the victory in the clutch.
Perhaps in other editions of the Super Bowl, the duel between quarterbacks was more important than any item, but yesterday the difference was between the level of both lines of protection (Burrow was beaten all night by the Rams) and the irruption of the stellar Kupp, who was the best receiver of the night with 8 passes received, 2 TD and 92 yards reached. Without him, the Los Angeles franchise would not have been able to reach its second Super Bowl in history, first won in 1999.
What about the halftime show?
Of course, a review of the Super Bowl must include at least a few words about its iconic halftime show. Yesterday, at SoFi Stadium, we witnessed one of the greatest shows of this century, to the rhythm of hip-hop and American rap.
Eminem, Mary J Blige, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, and Kendrick Lamar thrilled the more than 70,000 souls in the stands and the millions of spectators from all over the world who, without a doubt, felt nostalgic when listening to songs like Lose Yourself or seeing Snoop Dogg raising the party by showing off his main artistic quality.
Kendrick Lamar’s fantastic entrance, 50 Cent’s surprise performance and the aesthetic/urban details of the presentation ended up leaving a historic and unrepeatable Halftime Show.