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