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Last night, the Los Angeles Rams won the highly anticipated Super Bowl LVI, beating the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20. Didn’t get a chance to watch it? Read on below to learn all the details you need to know about the biggest game of the year, including the pre-game music and the history-making halftime show.
The game itself
The first half of the game was close. In the first quarter, the Rams had a touchdown and the Bengals had a field goal, and they each scored a touchdown in the second quarter, bringing the score to 13-10 in favor of the Rams. Odell Beckham Jr. suffered a game-ending injury to his left knee during the first half, leaving fans nervous about the Rams’ offensive potential.
The Bengals pulled ahead early in the second half, with a 75-yard touchdown pass from Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow to receiver Tee Higgins, followed by an interception. This led to a 10-3 split in favor of the Bengals in the third quarter, giving them the lead at 20-16.
The Rams’ defense tightened up in the fourth quarter, completely shutting down Burrow and the Bengals’ offense. Towards the end of the fourth quarter, the Rams advanced to the goal line, and after multiple penalties and despite great defensive efforts from the Bengals, quarterback Matthew Stafford finished it off with a one-yard touchdown pass to Cooper Kupp in the back of the endzone.
The Bengals’ offensive line struggled
The Bengals’ offensive line struggled throughout the whole game as they went up against the Rams’ formidable defense. Led by defensive tackle Aaron Donald and linebacker Von Miller, the Rams shut down the Bengals’ offense, including one key play by Donald to force a bad throw from Burrow and essentially end the game. This led to a whopping seven sacks for Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, tying the record for most sacks in a super bowl.
Cooper Kupp came through
One of the highlights of the night, the Rams’ Cooper Kupp had an exemplary performance which earned him this year’s MVP award. Stepping up after Beckham’s injury, Kupp caught 8/10 passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns, including the touchdown with 1:25 left on the clock that won the game for the Rams.
The National Anthem
This year’s national anthem was sung by Grammy-nominated country singer Mickey Guyton with 10 background singers. Additionally, before the anthem, Jhené Aiko sang “America the Beautiful,” accompanied by Gracie Sprout on the harp, and gospel duo Mary Mary sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing”.
The Halftime Show
As a tribute to hip-hop, which has been part of the culture of the NFL for decades, this year’s halftime show featured legendary hip-hop artists Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, and Mary J. Blige. 50 Cent and Anderson Paak also made surprise appearances. This was the first time hip-hop has been the focus of the Super Bowl halftime show, and the show received praise from critics and casual viewers alike.