Super Bowl 2022 final score: Matthew Stafford leads Rams in late drive to overcome Bengals, 23-20

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The Los Angeles Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals, 23-20, in Super Bowl LVI on their home turf at SoFi Stadium, proving that their “Super Bowl or bust” attitude can be successful. Since acquiring Matthew Stafford in the offseason, the Rams have prioritized winning now over future draft picks and acquisitions. Today, the risk paid off as the Rams won their first Super Bowl since 1999 and their second in franchise history.

The Rams were trailing, 20-13, in the third quarter. But the defense stepped up, recording a record-tying seven sacks in the second half alone to stifle Joe Burrow and the Bengals offense. Stafford got the ball back with just over six minutes left to play in the game and led the Rams all the way down the field in a 15-play drive before connecting with Cooper Kupp for a 1-yard touchdown. The Bengals got the ball back with 1:25 left in the game, but the Rams defense managed one more stop to secure the victory.

This was the Bengals’ first Super Bowl appearance since the 1988 season. They are now 0-3 in Super Bowl appearances.

The Rams are the second team in as many seasons to win a Lombardi Trophy on their home turf. For Stafford, a 13-year veteran, the Super Bowl victory comes in his first season with the Rams and is the first of his career. Sean McVay becomes the youngest coach in history to win a Super Bowl.

Rams vs. Bengals final score, results, highlights

Final score: Los Angeles Rams 23, Cincinnati Bengals 20

4th quarter, 1:25 (LAR): Cooper Kupp Pass From Matthew Stafford for 1 Yard, M.Gay extra point is GOOD, Center-M.Orzech, Holder-J.Hekker.

3rd quarter, 6:02 (LAR): Matt Gay Made 41 Yrd Field Goal

3rd quarter, 10:15 (CIN): Evan McPherson Made 38 Yrd Field Goal

3rd quarter, 14:48 (CIN): Tee Higgins Pass From Joe Burrow for 75 Yrds, E.McPherson extra point is GOOD, Center-C.Harris, Holder-K.Huber.

2nd quarter, 5:47 (CIN): Tee Higgins Pass From Joe Mixon for 6 Yrds, E.McPherson extra point is GOOD, Center-C.Harris, Holder-K.Huber.

2nd quarter, 12:56 (LAR): Cooper Kupp Pass From Matthew Stafford for 11 Yrds

1st quarter, 0:31 (CIN): Evan McPherson Made 29 Yrd Field Goal

1st quarter, 6:22 (LAR): Odell Beckham Jr. Pass From Matthew Stafford for 17 Yrds, M.Gay extra point is GOOD

Rams vs. Bengals reaction and coverage

10:00 p.m. ET: And the Rams, a team built to win it all, win Super Bowl LVI on their home turf, 23-20!

9:57 p.m. ET: With 43 seconds left, the Bengals go for it on 4th and 1. Donald comes up with the sack to force the Bengals off the field.

9:51 p.m. ET: On the 15th play of the drive, Stafford connects with Kupp for a 1-yard touchdown in the top right corner of the endzone.

Bengals get the ball back with 1:25 left to play.

9:46 p.m. ET: On third-and-8 on the Cincinnati 8-yard line, a holding penalty on the Bengals allows the Rams to convert the first down.

Stafford connects with Kupp on a four-yard pass in the endzone but penalties on both teams offset and the Rams repeat the first down.

9:42 p.m. ET: And Stafford connects with who else but Kupp once again for a 22-yard pass. The Rams continue to drive down the field as we approach the two-minute warning.

Kupp has three catches on this drive alone and 91 yards on the day.

9:40 p.m. ET: And it’s the Rams’ turn to make a gutsy call as they elect to go for it on 4th and 1 on their own 30-yard line. Kupp converts the first down with a seven-yard run. Less than four minutes to play in the game.

9:30 p.m. ET: Burrow is back on the field for the Bengals’ next possession. But the Bengals punt for their fourth straight possession.

9:20m p.m. ET: And the Rams’ seventh sack of the game causes Burrow to limp off the field. That ties the record for the most sacks in a game – a record set by Roger Staubach in Super Bowl X.

The Rams get the ball back.

9:05 p.m. ET: And Von Miller sacks Burrow for the SIXTH sack by the Rams defensive line in the game. One of the biggest questions heading into this game was how the Bengals offensive line would hold up against the Rams pass rush. The Bengals offensive line held up a strong front in the first half, but the Rams defense is finding the holes.

Five of the Rams’ six sacks have come in the second half. Seven is the record for a team in a single Super Bowl.

That brings us to the end of the third quarter.

9:00 p.m. ET: Beckham has officially been downgraded to OUT with a knee injury, per the Rams.

8:52 p.m. ET: The Rams get fancy and have Kupp throw a pass to Stafford down the right sideline on third down, but are unable to make the play. L.A. settles for a field goal and pulls to within four, scoring for the first time since the first quarter.

8:40 p.m. ET: Momentum trends towards the Bengals as Stafford’s pass to Ben Skowronek is intercepted by Chidobe Awuzie. Keeping the pedal to the medal, the Bengals elect to go for it on 4th and 1 and this time, they convert successfully thanks to a run by Burrow up the middle.

Aaron Donald comes up with a big sack for a loss of nine yards to force the Bengals to kick a field goal. McPherson converts the 38-yard kick and extends the Bengals’ lead to 20-13. McPherson is now tied with Adam Vinatieri with the most field goals made in a single postseason with 14.

McPherson is the coolest under pressure.

8:36 p.m. ET: 12 seconds!!!

That’s how long it takes for Burrow to find Higgins on a 75-yard touchdown pass to open the second half. The Bengals take their first lead of the game.

8:24 p.m. ET: Now that was fun. But back to the game.

The Rams are 47-1 when leading at the half, including the playoffs, with McVay as the head coach.

But the Bengals are no stranger to mounting a comeback. They trailed the Chiefs, 21-10, in halftime of the AFC Championship game and came all the way back to win.

8:10 p.m. ET: It’s THAT time.

7:59 p.m. ET: Some halftime stats…

The Rams lead, 13-10, at the half. Cincinnati converted nine first downs and L.A. converted eight. The rams recorded 184 yards in the first half and the Bengals collected 155. The run game lacked for both teams in the first half as the Rams ran for 26 yards and the Bengals rushed for 43 yards.

Stafford was 12 of 18 for 165 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the half. Burrow was 12 of 18 for 114 yards.

The Rams controlled the time of possession battle, 16:10 vs. 13:50 for the Bengals.

7:56 p.m. ET: The Rams get the ball back with 30 seconds left in the half and one timeout remaining, but are unable to make anything happen. Both teams are headed to the locker room.

Beckham is listed as questionable at this point.

7:45 p.m. ET: Stafford tries to connect on the deep ball with Van Jefferson in the end zone, but the pass is intercepted by the Bengals’ Jessie Bates III. Bates had just one interception in the regular season, but continues his strong postseason today.

Stafford was tied for the league lead in interceptions in the regular season with 17. This is the first turnover of the game and it takes us to the two-minute warning.

7:40 p.m. ET: Beckham drops a pass over the middle of the field and comes up grabbing his left knee. He walks off the field with some help and is in the medical tent.

7:32 p.m. ET: And the Bengals respond quickly! Instead of relying on deep passing plays as they often do, the Bengals methodically drive down the field to set up a six-yard touchdown pass from Joe Mixon to Tee Higgins. The scoring drive is 12 plays, 75 yards and eats up over seven minutes of clock.

7:20 p.m. ET: Following Burrow’s explosive pass to Chase, the Rams respond with deep passing plays of their own to Beckham and Darrell Henderson. Then, Stafford connects with Kupp in the back right corner of the end zone to extend their lead. After a failed two-point conversion attempt by the Rams, the score stands at 13-3.

Friendly reminder that the Rams have already scored more points than they did against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII in which they lost 13-3.

7:10 p.m. ET: Tee Higgins drops Burrow’s pass over the middle in the end zone. The ever-reliable Evan McPherson converts a 29-yard field goal to put the Bengals on the board.

7:07 p.m. ET:  And one of the anticipated matchups of this game is put on display: Offensive Rookie of the Year Ja’Marr Chase vs. Pro Bowler Jalen Ramsey.  Chase makes a one-handed 46-yard catch in man coverage against Ramsey to set the Bengals up on the 11-yard line.

6:50 p.m. ET: Cooper Kupp, who won the receiving Triple Crown in the regular season with the most receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns, makes his catch of the game as he hauls in a 20-yard pass from Stafford. The play sets up a 17-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to Odell Beckham Jr. down the sideline. OBJ now has seven receiving touchdowns since joining the Rams in November, including the playoffs. That equals Beckham’s total touchdowns scored in his three seasons with the Browns.

And the Rams strike first!

6:43 p.m. ET: On their first offensive possession of the game, the Bengals establish their aggressiveness by going for it on 4th and 1. They are unable to convert and the Rams get the ball at midfield.

6:35 p.m. ET: The Rams get the ball first on offense. Trey Hendrickson, who recorded 14 sacks in the regular season, records the first sack of the game to force a third and long that the Rams are unable to convert. Burrow takes the field.

6:25 p.m. ET: Billie Jean King flips the coin and it is…heads! The Bengals win the toss and defer.

The last seven teams to win the coin toss in the Super Bowl have gone on to lose the game.

6:16 p.m. ET: Some firsts to consider…

Tonight will mark the first time two quarterbacks with losing regular season records meet in the Super Bowl. Matthew Stafford is 86-95-1 in the regular season and Joe Burrow is 12-13-1.

This Super Bowl will also feature the youngest coaches in Super Bowl history in Sean McVay (36) and Zac Taylor (38). This is McVay’s second Super Bowl appearance and the first for Taylor. Both are seeking their first Lombardi Trophy.

6:10 p.m. ET: The Rock welcomes us to “Super Gold Sunday,” the biggest night in sports!

5:55 p.m. ET: The Rams are the favorites for the NBC team. Will the Bengals prove them wrong?

5:47 p.m. ET: The stars are in attendance! LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Sean Penn and Matt Damon have all been spotted at SoFi Stadium.

5:34 p.m. ET: Super Bowl LVI is about to kick off. Tune in to live to watch Mickey Guyton sing the national anthem soon.

Who is playing Super Bowl halftime show 2022?

This year’s halftime show performance is expected to be one to remember. The cast of stars includes Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar.

Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar have released a total of 22 number one Billboard albums and have won 44 combined Grammy Awards. Eminem leads the way with 15 of his own while Kendrick Lamar has 13, Mary J. Blige has 9 and Dr. Dre has 7. The 2022 NFL Super Bowl Halftime Show will mark the first time the five artists perform on stage together.

What time and channel is the Bengals vs. Rams game on?

Coverage of the Cincinnati Bengals vs. the Los Angeles Rams game will start at 6:00 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock. Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will call tonight’s game with Michele Tafoya and Kathryn Tappen as the sideline reporters.

RELATED: How to watch Super Bowl 2022: Live streaming options, TV channel, Peacock info

If you don’t have access to NBC via your TV provider, you can stream Super Bowl 2022 on Peacock with a $4.99/month Peacock Premium plan. Sign up here or, if you already have a free Peacock account, go to your Account settings to upgrade or change your existing plan.

What to know about Super Bowl 2023: Date, location, halftime performance info, and much more

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The NFL playoffs are in full swing and Super Bowl 2023 will be here before we know it! See below for answers to all of your questions about the big game. Be sure to tune to NBC and Peacock every week for Sunday Night Football games this season and extra content from Mike Florio, Matthew Berry, Chris Simms and more.

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Four teams are left heading into the Conference Championships and only two will make it to Super Bowl LVII. Ahead of this weekend, here’s everything you need to know about the biggest game of the NFL season.

RELATED: 2022 Sunday Night Football Schedule: TV channel, live stream info, NFL schedule

When is Super Bowl 2023?

Super Bowl 2023 takes place on Sunday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. ET on Fox.

Where is Super Bowl 2023?

Super Bowl 2023 will be contested at State Farm Stadium–home of the Arizona Cardinals– in Glendale, Arizona.

Who is performing the halftime show at Super Bowl 2023?

It was announced in September, that international popstar, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Rihanna will headline the halftime show at Super Bowl 2023.

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When was the last time Rihanna released an album?

Rihanna’s most recent album “Anti” came out in 2016. The Barbados native has spent the last few years venturing into various business industries including beauty, fashion, and makeup. Additionally, the superstar welcomed her first child, a boy, in May of 2022.

Why does the NFL use Roman numerals?

AFL and Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt proposed using Roman numerals for each Super Bowl to add pomp and gravitas to the game. Roman numerals were, unsurprisingly, used in ancient Rome as a number system. I stands for 1, V for 5, X for 10, L for 50 and C for 100. That’s right: In 2066, get ready for Super Bowl C.

Super Bowl V was the first to use Roman numerals. They were retroactively added to the Super Bowl II to IV logos and have been used each year since⁠ until 2016. For Super Bowl L, or 50, the NFL tried out 73 different logos before breaking down and using a plain old “50.”

The Roman numerals for this year’s big game, Super Bowl 57, are LVII.

Which NFL team has the most Super Bowl wins in NFL history?

The Patriots and Steelers are not only familiar with playing on the big stage, but they also know what it takes to come out on top. New England and Pittsburgh are tied for the most Super Bowl victories in the NFL with six each. The San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys have won five Lombardi Trophies each and the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants are tied with four Super Bowl championships.

  • New England Patriots: 6
  • Pittsburgh Steelers: 6
  • San Francisco 49ers: 5
  • Dallas Cowboys: 5
  • Green Bay Packers: 4
  • New York Giants: 4

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Please note that selection of a Premium plan will result in a charge which will recur on a monthly or annual basis until you cancel, depending on your plan. You can cancel your Premium plan at any time in your Account.

What devices are compatible with Peacock?

Peacock is available on a variety of devices. See the full list here.

In addition to Sunday Night Football, what else can I watch with Peacock Premium?

Premium is your key to unlocking everything Peacock has to offer. You’ll get access to all the live sports and events we have, including Premier League and WWE Premium Live Events like WrestleMania. You’ll also get full seasons of exclusive Peacock Original series, next-day airings of current NBC and Telemundo hits, plus every movie and show available on Peacock. There is always something new to discover on Peacock Premium.

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2023 NFL Playoffs: What to know about SF QB Brock Purdy Ahead of NFC Championship game

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The NFC crown is up for grabs on Sunday, and it will be Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles squaring off with Brock Purdy and the San Francisco 49ers to secure a ticket to Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Arizona. These two high-powered teams have both had seasons for the storybooks, but possibly no story this year has been greater than that of “Mr. Irrelevant’s” emergence.

From the 262nd pick in the draft to a third-string quarterbacking role, the odds of Purdy making a splash in the NFL seemed all but impossible at the start of the season. But just months later, the 23-year-old finds himself captaining one of the league’s most storied franchises on a playoff run in hopes of bringing a sixth Lombardi home to the Bay.

The 49ers will take on the Eagles in the NFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. EST. Let’s take a closer look at Purdy’s emergence from “Mr. Irrelevant” to QB1.

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Where did Brock Purdy go to college?

Before Purdy was a Niner, he was first an Iowa State Cyclone.

In fact, Purdy rose to stardom in Ames much like he is now doing in San Francisco. Purdy entered the picture at Iowa State as the third-string quarterback, in line for field time behind quarterbacks Kyle Kempt and Zeb Nolan.

The season-opener, however, shook things up. Kempt suffered an MCL injury against Iowa, bumping up Nolan to the role of signal-caller. Nolan then saw a rough three-game stretch, forcing ISU coach Matt Campbell to give the freshman Purdy an opportunity.

Purdy would take this opportunity and run with it. He first entered the scene mid-game against Oklahoma State, leading the Cyclones to a thrilling victory over the Cowboys as they edged them out, 48-42. Purdy was now the man for Iowa State.

In his four-year career, Purdy was simply a winner. He finished his time in Ames as Iowa State’s career leader in passing yards (12,170), total offense (13,347), touchdown passes (81), completions (993), passing efficiency (151.1) and completion percentage (67.7). The wide-eyed freshman with an opportunity developed into the winningest quarterback in Cyclones history (30-17).

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Jalen Hurts vs Brock Purdy collegiate record

Sunday’s Conference Championship will not be the first time that Jalen Hurts and Brock Purdy have gone head-to-head. The Cyclones faced off with the Oklahoma Sooners in November of 2019.

While the senior Hurts and his offense diced up Iowa State’s defense early, Purdy would charge his team to a comeback from the 35-14 halftime deficit. Purdy led an epic resurgence coming out of the locker room, outscoring the Sooners 27-7. A savvy drive from the sophomore late in the fourth resulted in a 33-yard touchdown to Sean Shaw Jr., cutting the deficit to 42-35 with three minutes remaining.

On the ensuing drive, Hurts made a disastrous mistake, throwing a pass into traffic that was picked off by Lawrence White. With the ball at the Oklahoma 35, Purdy could not be stopped, pulling off a few impressive plays before connecting with Charlie Kolar in the end zone.

The scoreboard now read 42-41, and the Cyclones wanted to end the game right then and there. Purdy dropped back for the two-point conversion, throwing a dart to La’Michael Pettway. The pass hit Pettway’s hands, but was then knocked away by Oklahoma defenders. While the epic comeback could not be completed, it was a game to be remembered.

RELATED: Brock Purdy views time at Iowa State as ‘blessing in disguise’

When was Brock Purdy drafted?

Brock Purdy found a home in San Francisco on Saturday, April 30 when he was selected by the 49ers as the 262nd pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. As Melanie Salata held up the “Mr. Irrelevant” jersey on the NFL Draft stage, no one knew that the name on the back of it would rise to relevance so quickly.

The seventh-round pick was passed over by nearly every NFL team, except for one. Not even the 49ers knew that this selection would hold so much magnitude, as Purdy was merely expected to be a third-string rookie sitting behind starter Trey Lance and backup Nate Sudfeld.

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How has Brock Purdy fared as an NFL starter?

San Francisco’s blueprint at the beginning of the season would be thrown out the door very quickly. The 49ers made the decision in late August to retain veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and release Sudfeld, allowing Purdy to remain in his third-string role.

When Lance suffered a crushing injury against the Seahawks in just the second game of the season, it seemed clear that Garoppolo was destined to lead the team to its third playoff appearance in four years. Garoppolo would go 6-3 in his next nine starts, making Super Bowl aspirations once again very real for the team that lost the big game just three years prior.

In a critical battle against the Miami Dolphins in Week 12, however, that vision faded. Garoppolo suffered a broken foot on the final play of the team’s opening drive, and “Mr. Irrelevant” was now QB1.

Purdy’s first drive of the game ended in a 3-yard touchdown pass to fullback Kyle Juszczyk to give San Francisco a 10-7 lead. As with his starting role in Iowa State, Purdy has yet to look back.

RELATED: Brock Purdy’s PFF grades show how well he operates under pressure

He drove the team to a 33-17 victory over Miami, finishing the day 25 for 37 for 210 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. His starting debut came the next week, against none other than the great Tom Brady.

The rookie tore through Tampa Bay, becoming the first quarterback to ever defeat Brady in his first start. The game ended with an emotional hug from his father, who had witnessed his son take down a quarterback who has been playing pro football longer than Brock has been alive.

Purdy remains undefeated as an NFL starter. Since taking over in Week 13, “Mr. Irrelevant” has gone 7-0, with an overtime victory and two playoff triumphs. While many thought the rookie would crumble under postseason pressure, he has yet to let his team down. In the 49ers wild card battle against their division foe Seattle Seahawks, he became the first NFL rookie to score four touchdowns in a playoff game. While the divisional round success over Dallas wasn’t the prettiest victory, Purdy got the job done, advancing his team to the NFC Championship for the second consecutive year.

Will Brock Purdy play in NFC Championship game?

Now, the seventh rounder will clash with a daunting Philadelphia defense for the conference crown, with aspirations of becoming the first rookie quarterback to ever hoist a Lombardi. On Monday ahead of the Conference Championships, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan told media that he’d be “very surprised” if quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was able to play in Sunday’s game, meaning that Purdy is still QB1, with Josh Johnson as the backup.

RELATED: When was the last time the 49ers made it to, won the Super Bowl?

Has a rookie QB ever started in a Super Bowl?

Should the 49ers advance to the Super Bowl, Purdy has a shot to cap an unbelievable season with a particularly remarkable accomplishment: No rookie quarterback has won a Super Bowl, and in fact, no rookie quarterback has ever started in a Super Bowl.

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