Rams Come Back to Beat 49ers, Advance to Super Bowl

Led by Matthew Stafford under center and a run-stopping defense, the Rams closed the NFC Championship Game with 13 unanswered points to defeat the San Francisco 49ers 20-17.

Up next are the AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI on February 13.

Stafford, who threw for 337 yards, took over with 6:49 to play in a 17-17 ballgame. He calmly marched the ball down the length of the field, hitting all five of his pass attempts on the drive and setting up kicker Matt Gay for the eventual game-winning field goal from 30 yards out.

Los Angeles got another monster game from star wide receiver Cooper Kupp, who caught 11 balls for 142 yards and hauled in both of Stafford’s TD tosses. Receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was also fantastic in the Rams’ passing game, finishing with nine catches and 142 yards. LA’s defense, meanwhile, limited San Francisco to just 50 yards rushing.

The win snaps what had been six straight head-to-head victories by San Francisco against Los Angels, and sends head coach Sean McVay and the Rams back to the Super Bowl. In 2019, LA fell 13-3 to Tom Brady and the Patriots in what remains the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in history.

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