END OF THE MATCH SUMMARY
The much-sacked Burrow is banged-up. Stafford has been in the wars, too. Last QB standing ….
Both offenses are struggling in the face of superb defense. Tension off the scale, and points are very hard to come by.
LA mount a lengthy bid for glory. In a match of few flags, suddenly they’re raining in from everywhere. The drive that featured Kupp and Stafford to the exclusion of almost everyone ends, inevitably, in a Cooper Kupp TD with just over a minute to play. LA 23 CIN 20.
Can Burrow pull it out of the fire? Ja’Marr Chase makes ground. Bengals make halfway. Poor Burrow is hounded one last, telling time on a desperate fourth down, and with only one time out, the game is up.
A compelling match, full of injuries to key players. Fantastic defense, especially from Donald, and the team built to win a Super Bowl has done just that.
Well done LA Rams – and commiserations to the Bengals, who came so, so close.
MVP – the fabulous Cooper Kupp.
A sensational start to the second half, as within 12 seconds Burrow finds Higgins with a deep strike. Ramsey looks to have his grill grabbed by the scorer, but nothing is given. 13-17.
On the very next Rams possession there’s a takeaway, leading to a Cincinnati field goal – it’s now 13-20. What a turnaround for the Bengals – and how LA are missing injured Odell Beckham Jr.
The Rams drive down the field, but muff an elaborate wildcat play and settle for three. 16-20. Bengals have their noses in front, and are the more composed outfit at this point.
Burrow’s getting sacked for fun, but Cincinnati have a narrow lead.
The second quarter began with the Rams in great shape after Stafford found the red-hot OBJ deep, and the impressive drive is finished off by the inevitable Kupp in the end zone, connecting with Stafford yet again in this prolific season. The point after is missed though. 13-3.
The Bengals got Tee Higgins rolling, and crucially they began converting some third downs. Fittingly, Higgins finishes a spectacular wildcat move for a TD that brings them right back into this match.
OBJ has a knee problem and might not return, sadly, and despite late chances there was no further score – Stafford being picked, trying a deep ball into the Bengals’ end zone.
Match beautifully poised at LA Rams 13 Cincinnati Bengals 10.
Cagey start, with both defenses on top early doors. Very clear that Joe Burrow, Bengals’ QB, would have his work cut out finding any time and space. Aaron Donald, for the Rams, is unbelievable, hounding the QB.
Second Rams’ possession, and Cooper Kupp came to the party with a brilliant reception and yards-after. Having secured superb field position, Matthew Stafford found Odell Beckham Jr in the end zone for the game’s opening score. Excellent throw, terrific catch.
Bengals struggling on offense right now, but will need to be patient. And then – Burrow finds Ja’Marr Chase with a fantastic 40+ yards throw to put the Bengals in the end zone. Great Rams’ D limits the Bengals to a field goal. End of the first.
LA Rams 7 Bengals 3