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Rams put a super sweet finish on an up-and-down season

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NFL: Super Bowl LVI-Los Angeles Rams at Cincinnati Bengals
Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (99) celebrates after the Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022.
Gary A. Vasquez / USA Today Sports

Throughout their all-in, boom-or-bust season, Rams coach Sean McVay and his players stuck with a common refrain.

During winning and losing streaks, after comeback victories and embarrassing defeats, they opined that they were authoring their own story, and they intended to finish with a flourish.

On Sunday, in Super Bowl LVI they penned the final chapter.

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And it was a pulsating finish.

The Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 before 70,048 at SoFi Stadium to win the first Super Bowl title in Los Angeles Rams history.

Kupp, Rozeboom and Reeder all faced NDSU

Quarterback Matthew Stafford passed for three touchdowns and a defense led by Aaron Donald and Von Miller sacked Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow seven times as the Ram became the second consecutive team to win the Super Bowl in their home stadium. Stafford connected on a one-yard touchdown pass to Cooper Kupp with 1:25 left in the fourth quarter for the go-ahead score and the eventual win.

"I'm so proud of this team, so many guys on our team deserve this, guys that have given their heart and soul to this team," said Stafford, who joined the team from Detroit last offseason.

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. --- Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp was named the Most Valuable Player of the Super Bowl after catching two touchdown passes during his team's 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

Next season, the Rams will have a chance to become the first team to win consecutive Super Bowl titles since the New England Patriots in 2004 and 2005.

"I dreamed this, man," an emotional Donald said after the game. "I feel amazing."

Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (99) celebrates after the Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022.Gary A. Vasquez / USA Today Sports

But they will savor this championship run, which now establishes the Rams as a force in a Los Angeles sports landscape that includes the Lakers and Dodgers, franchises that have won multiple NBA and World Series titles and are embedded in local sports fans’ psyche. >>> Read more on Super Bowl LVI here.

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Quarterback Matthew Stafford passed for three touchdowns and a defense led by Aaron Donald and Von Miller sacked Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow seven times.

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