Turning the tide late in the fourth quarter, the Los Angeles Rams came from behind to win Super Bowl 2022 with a 23-20 victory. Quarterback Matthew Stafford deftly edged out the Bengals’ quarterback, Joe Burrow, after the Bengals dominated most of the second half.

Winning at SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles marked a second Super Bowl win in franchise history. The first was against the Tennessee Titans in 1999. 

At the start, the Rams were in the lead over the Bengals 7-3 going into the second quarter. The Rams scored when Odell Beckham Jr. caught a 17-yard pass. Beckham Jr. exited the game with an injury later in the evening.

The Bengals had to accept they were just going to get a field goal. In the second quarter, Los Angeles extended their lead to 13-10. All of the touchdowns were through the air.

At the beginning of the third quarter, the Bengals shocked the Rams with a huge touchdown, bringing the Bengals to 20-13 over the Rams. Then kicker Evan McPherson added a field goal, bringing the score to 20-16. The second half was looking very different than the first until Cooper Kupp scored a 1-yard touchdown with 1:25 left.

Who Was Favored to Win?

The 2022 Super Bowl matchup was not what sports fans predicted months ago, but the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinatti Bengals provided a can’t-miss game at SoFi Stadium on Sunday night.

Going into Super Bowl 2022, the Rams were a 3.5-point favorite, according to Tipico Sportsbook. There was a lot at stake for both teams this year. But according to Ben Shpigel of The New York Times, “counting the postseason, Joe Burrow completed more passes of 50+ yards (13), according to Stathead, than Justin Herbert (3), Patrick Mahomes (5) and Josh Allen (4) COMBINED.”

The St. Louis Rams won the Super Bowl in 1999 but, of course, had a different fan base going into the Big Game this year. The Bengals hadn’t been in the Super Bowl since 1988.

Super Bowl 2022 Matchup

Joe Burrow and Matthew Stafford may look similar in stature, but their styles differ greatly. Burrow was praised when he came out of LSU. He was quickly known for confidence and composure on and off the field. On the other hand, Stafford was lauded for his strong arm when he graduated Georgia. Both were No. 1 overall.

As they played, their personalities and strengths continued to differ. Burrow’s leadership and quick thinking were obvious on the field, but he soon had an injury. Stafford’s physical might was clear, but he too had a serious injury early on.

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Kelly Hall, Matthew Stafford’s wife, shared this adorable photo of their kids before the 2022 Super Bowl. Will the Los Angeles Rams win? (Credit: Instagram)

Addressing the media this week, Stafford spoke highly of the Bengals quarterback. “He’s a really talented guy, really talented football player,” Stafford said, via ProFootballTalk. “Great competitor. Very even keel. Throws it great, moves around great. I think he does a great job, for a young player, of dissecting defenses, understanding where the football should go. And then he does a nice job of putting the ball in spots where guys can go make plays for him.”

Joe Burrow vs. Matthew Stafford

“I’ve been a fan of his since he was at LSU — loved the way he played, loved the way he competed there,” Stafford continued. “And that’s just done nothing but carry over into this league. He’s in this game because he’s willed that team to a bunch of wins. And that’s an impressive thing for a guy of his age.”

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Olivia Holzmacher and Joe Burrow are adorable! The football couple have been dating since 2017 and Olivia loves supporting Joe at his games! (Credit: Instagram)

Burrow tried not to get overwhelmed by the Super Bowl hype. “Coming into this week with game prep, feels like another week,” Burrow said at a press conference in early February. “Obviously it’s the Super Bowl. Just try to eliminate as many distractions as possible but feels normal.”

Burrow also talked about his knee surgery. “The pinky is something I’m still dealing with,” the Bengals QB said. “It’s something I will have to deal with the rest of the season until I can give it a break. Wouldn’t say it bothers me throwing the football.”