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Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp, right, catches a touchdown pass as Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Eli Apple makes the tackle in the Super Bowl on Sunday in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo)

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — With their defense besieging the Bengals, the Rams needed something — anything — from their sleeping offense.

How about a precise 79-yard drive to the Lombardi Trophy?

It wasn’t a typical walk, aided by three successive Bengals penalties and bogged down by a few bad pitches. Regardless: When Cooper Kupp caught a yard pass from Matthew Stafford with 1:25 left, the LA offense had indeed woken up just in time for a 23-20 Super Bowl win on Sunday.

“It’s hard work, it’s hours together,” said Stafford. “I just thank the coach (Sean McVay) for saying it… ‘Hey, Matthew, you and Coop, go do this thing.’ He kept calling plays for him, kept finding ways to give him the ball, he made incredible plays; that’s what he does.

What Los Angeles did on that drive ultimately matched what its defense did most of the night: crushing Cincinnati blockers, sacking Joe Burrow a Super Bowl-record seven times. The pressure, led by Aaron Donald and Von Miller, was unrelenting.

“You have to be relentless” said Donald, who added a crowning glory to his sure Hall of Fame career. “You want something serious enough to go get. You know that was right in front of us… the whole offseason, you work, you train, you have a camp, you have a long season just for this one game. You know we’re the last team standing.

Standing in a venue built for champions, the Rams (16-5) captured their first NFL title since the 1999 season — and their first Los Angeles rep since 1951.

They did it at their home, the $5 billion SoFi Stadium, making the Rams the second straight host to win the championship after Tampa Bay became the first a year ago.

“Regarding the construction of this stadium,” said Rams owner Stan Kroenke, the man who brought them back from St. Louis in 2016, “I think everything went well.”

The winning streak, in which MVP Kupp’s 4-yard touchdown reception was nullified by penalty kicks, ended shortly after with the NFL Offensive Player of the Year easily beating Eli Apple in the right corner of the end zone for the winning score.

Kupp had four receptions for 39 yards and a 7-yard rush on fourth-and-1 for the Rams 30 in the championship run.

Cincinnati (13-8) was penalized the second-fewest times (72) for fewest yards (620) in the regular season, but the flags hurt badly – ​​including pass interference on Kupp in the zone goals.



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