The Los Angeles Rams were built to win a Super Bowl this season, and Sunday at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, it happened. Behind Cooper Kupp’s eight catches for 92 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner late in the fourth, the Rams defeated the Bengals 23-20 to win Super Bowl LVI.
After the game, the 28-year-old Kupp was named Super Bowl MVP. He is the eighth wide receiver to be named Super Bowl MVP and the first since New England wide receiver Julian Edelman in Super Bowl LIII.
On the game-winning drive, Kupp was huge. It started with the Rams having a fourth-and-one at their own 30, and Kupp would take the handoff and scamper for seven yards to get the first down.
Later in the drive, Kupp would catch passes of eight, 22, and eight yards. He would also set up the final touchdown after a holding call on Bengals LB Logan Wilson, and he forced a pass interference call on Eli Apple, which led to his one-yard game-winning touchdown reception.
On that 15-play, 79-yard drive, Kupp finished with four receptions for 39 yards, TD, and one rush for seven yards. Without the injured Odell Beckham Jr., who left with a knee injury in the first half, the Rams needed Kupp, and he got it done.
After the game, Kupp, who did not play in Super Bowl LIII against the Patriots due a torn ACL, revealed that he had a vision that the Rams would win a Super Bowl.
“In 2019, walked off that last time after losing to the Patriots,” he said. “I wasn’t able to be a part of that thing. I don’t know what it was; it was just this vision. God revealed to me that we were going to come back, we were going to be a part of a Super Bowl; we were going to win it, and somehow I was going to walk off the field as the MVP of the game.”
What a vision, and it came to fruition! He joined Joe Montana as the only players to win Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year and Super Bowl Most Valuable Player in the same season.
In addition, Kupp won the triple-crown this season as he became the first player in 16 years to lead the NFL in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. He finished the 2021 season with 145 receptions, 1,947 receiving yards, and 16 receiving touchdowns.
During the postseason, he recorded 33 receptions and surpassed Travis Kelce (31 receptions during the 2020 postseason) for the most receptions in a single postseason all-time. He also registered 478 receiving yards this postseason, trailing only Larry Fitzgerald(546 receiving yards in 2008) for the most in a single postseason ever.
Kupp had a memorable season, and it’s only fitting that it ended with him holding up the Lombardi and Super MVP trophies.