There was a outstanding lack of penalties for the primary 58 minutes of Tremendous Bowl LVI between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals. The second half particularly went extraordinarily fast, with the Bengals taking the lead on a controversial landing cross on the primary play of the third quarter and the Rams spending the remainder of the half attempting to play catchup.
With Cincinnati main by 4 late within the fourth quarter, the Rams went on a 15-play, 79-yard landing drive to take the lead. LA would grasp on to win, 23-20, defeating the Bengals to win Tremendous Bowl LVI.
Whereas that appears like glorious theater with the Tremendous Bowl on the road, the gameplay itself was overshadowed by the refs calling a number of key penalties as soon as LA received into the purple zone.
There have been three key penalties on the Rams’ go-ahead landing drive:
- On third and purpose from the 8-yard line, Stafford missed Cooper Kupp on a throw throughout the center. It ought to have been fourth down, however the Bengals have been referred to as for defensive holding penalty that gave LA a primary down.
- On the subsequent play, Stafford discovered Kupp for a four-yard landing cross because the vast receiver received rocked ultimately zone. Then got here one other flag. There have been penalties on either side, with the Bengals getting referred to as for pointless roughness and the Rams getting referred to as for a maintain. The TD was nullified.
- On the subsequent play, Stafford threw a cross to Kupp once more that fell incomplete, however the Bengals have been referred to as for cross interference that put the ball on the one-yard line.
Two performs later, Stafford discovered Kupp for the go-ahead landing.
Individuals weren’t completely satisfied in any respect the penalties:
I like when an thrilling sport comes right down to the refs. Actually enjoyable
— Charlotte Wilder (@TheWilderThings) February 14, 2022
I used to be digging this sport then the refs began utilizing flags like unused trip days on the finish of the yr. #SuperBowl
— nascarcasm (@nascarcasm) February 14, 2022
Oh man…defensive holding is brutal.
— David Fucillo (@davidfucillo) February 14, 2022
It was defensive sport. Very questionable how the refs inserted themselves entrance and middle within the remaining 2 minutes.
— DarthNoobSaibot (@DarthNoobSaibot) February 14, 2022
If the ref does not name that bogus defensive maintain close to the purpose line on a cross that was batted down, the Rams lose. Easy as that. All-time dwelling cooking. Hollywood wins once more.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) February 14, 2022
There have been solely six penalties referred to as in the whole sport, and three of them got here within the remaining two minutes. One in all them nullified a landing, and different two induced an computerized first down.
After all, the Bengals additionally scored a 75-yard landing within the third quarter on a play the place Cincinnati WR Tee Higgins very clearly grabbed the facemask for LA star Jalen Ramsey. The refs missed that decision.
It isn’t uncommon for the refs to determine an NFL sport. It simply stinks when it occurs on the finish of the Tremendous Bowl.