Los Angeles Rams Win Super Bowl LVI

Michael Ochoa, Sports Editor

The Los Angeles Rams are Super Bowl champions for the first time since 1999! Bringing back a championship to the city of champions. The Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in a close game with the final score 23-20.

The game came down to another famous Matthew Stafford game-winning drive when he threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp.

The Rams defense also came in clutch throughout the whole game having a total of seven quarterback sacks–tied for the most sacks in Super Bowl history. Aaron Donald and Von Miller both had a great game with both players having a pair of sacks. Donald had the game-winning tackle on Cincinnati QB Joe Burrow, which caused him to throw an incomplete pass that sealed the game.

The Rams’ return to the top of the NFL world is the perfect ending to a story that’s written like a Hollywood script.

Aaron Donald holding up the Lombardi trophy at the Rams’ celebration parade through the streets of Los Angeles

The narrative this season was centered on Ram QB Stafford–could he finally find success after going 0-3 in the playoffs with the Detroit Lions over 12 years? He got that chance after leading the Rams to a 12-5 record and the NFC West title. He proved worthy of the big stage by leading game-winning drives in the divisional round against Tampa Bay, the NFC Championship Game against San Francisco, and the Super Bowl. Stafford led his team to a long-awaited and very deserving Super Bowl victory.

Matthew Stafford holding the Lombardi trophy

This also couldn’t be done without owner Stan Kroenke and General Manager Les Snead. They decided to move the team from St. Louis to the much higher marketable city of Los Angeles. They also hired then 30-year-old Sean McVay as head coach in 2017, making him the youngest head coach in the league’s history.

They continued to overhaul the Rams by trading two first-round draft choices to the Jacksonville Jaguars for cornerback Jalen Ramsey in October 2019. They continued with the trade of quarterback Jared Goff, along with two first-round picks and a third-round pick to the Detroit Lions for Stafford in January 2020. Many people thought that they lost that trade by giving up so much. They wrapped up the transformation by trading a second and third round pick to the Denver Broncos for Von Miller and then signed free agent Odell Beckham Jr. to a one-year contract last November.

Finally, there’s the underdog story of Cooper Kupp, a walk on to his Eastern Washington college football team. Kupp was drafted in the third round in 2017, and he had a breakout season in 2018. This season, he became the best wide receiver in the league and led the league in receptions(145), receiving yards (1,947), receiving touchdowns (16), finally winning the NFL Offensive Player of The Year Award–something not that many receivers have done in NFL history.

Cooper Kupp holding up the Lombardi trophy at the parade.