Super Bowl: Who scored the first touchdown today?

It’s the third straight Super Bowl where both teams have scored in the first quarter. This had happened twice in the previous 12 Super Bowls.

LOS ANGELES— Super Bowl news: Super Bowl 56 turned in favor of the Cincinnati Bengals with two big plays all in the first 22 seconds of the third quarter.

The Bengals scored a touchdown on their first offensive play of the quarter. Joe Burrow moved to his right and then up before throwing deep to Tee Higgins, who caught the ball as Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey went down. Higgins raced to the end zone to complete the 75-yard TD for a 17-13 lead.

On the Rams’ first play to start the next practice, a pass from Matthew Stafford intended for Ben Skowronek bounced off Bengals cornerback Chidobe Awuzie at the Los Angeles 32.

Evan McPherson scored a field goal to give the Bengals a 20-13 lead.

That interception gives the Bengals eight in the playoffs, the most since the Green Bay Packers had eight in 2010.

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. injured his left leg on a non-contact play with 3:50 left in the second quarter.

Beckham was running towards the right side of the field on a cross road, but it looked like his foot had caught on the turf. He dropped a pass thrown by Matthew Stafford and grabbed his leg as he fell to the turf.

Beckham was examined by coaches on the pitch before being helped. He was examined briefly in the medical tent on the Rams sideline before heading to the locker room.

Beckham, who was signed by the Rams after being released by Cleveland midseason, had two receptions for 52 yards. He scored Los Angeles’ first touchdown beating Mike Hilton in the right corner of the end zone for 17 yards.

The Cincinnati Bengals responded to the Los Angeles Rams with their first touchdown at 13-10 in the second quarter.

Running back Joe Mixon picked up the ball and ran to his right before throwing a wide open Higgins Tee into the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown with 5:47 left.

That capped a 12-game, 75-yard drive by the Bengals that chewed 7:04 down.

After the extra point, Bengals fans celebrated by chanting “Who Dey!”

Mixon joined an exclusive company as the fifth non-quarterback to throw a TD pass in the Super Bowl. He joined Trey Burton for Philadelphia against the Patriots in 2018, Antwaan Randle El in 2006 for Pittsburgh against Seattle, Lawrence McCutcheon in 1980 for the St. Louis Rams against the Steelers and Robert Newhouse for Dallas in 1978 against Denver.

Before that, the Los Angeles Rams had taken a 13-3 lead early in the second quarter.

Cooper Kupp found the end zone with 12:51 left in the second quarter. The Rams missed the extra point.

Bengals rookie Evan McPherson threw a 29-yard field goal with 28 seconds left to stop Cincinnati from scoring for the first 15 minutes. The field goal was McPherson’s 13th in the playoffs, putting him one shy of the NFL record of 14 set by Adam Vinatieri in 2006.

Cincinnati finished first and 10 to the Rams 11 after an incredible one-handed catch by Pro Bowl receiver Ja’Marr Chase. The Offensive Rookie of the Year tracked the ball as it ran downfield covered by three-time All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey and caught Joe Burrow’s pass with his right hand for a 46 reception yards.

But the Bengals couldn’t pick up even a yard in three plays before sending McPherson to the basket.

It’s the third straight Super Bowl where both teams have scored in the first quarter. This had happened twice in the previous 12 Super Bowls.

The Los Angeles Rams had the first Super Bowl score of 56.

Matthew Stafford capped the Rams’ second drive with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Odell Beckham Jr. with 6:22 left in the first quarter. Beckham caught the ball over Bengals cornerback Mike Hilton, then the wide receiver celebrated his TD with a quick moonwalk. Beckham signed with Los Angeles on November 11 after being eliminated by the Cleveland Browns.

Stafford is 4 of 4 for 47 yards and a 155.2 passer rating to start the game.

The Rams only had to go 50 yards in six plays in 3 minutes and 35 seconds because the defense forced the Bengals to turn the ball over on tries to end Cincinnati’s opening possession.

The original AP story can be seen below

Stay clean. Avoid critical errors.

It’s a mantra the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams should have adopted as they headed to the Super Bowl.

Limit turnovers and costly penalties. Don’t waste time out, especially in the second half. Be physical rather than fancy. Being efficient can trump being spectacular.

All they have to do is look back on the last time the Los Angeles area hosted a Super Bowl nearly three decades ago. That Rose Bowl game became an almost laughable rout as the Buffalo Bills continued to trade the ball to the Dallas Cowboys.

“I’m just going to go out there and impose our will and physically play and drop the chips where they can,” Bengals cornerback Eli Apple said.

Rams All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey echoed, “Do our thing and do it the best we can. This is winning football.

Of course, the Super Bowl is America’s biggest sporting event. some would say it’s the biggest event of any kind in America. It’s splashy, it’s overhyped, with a week-long publicity machine by the league, the teams, the host city, the network that televises it.

In the end, it’s a football match. And most football matches are won by the team that minimizes mistakes.

The Rams are 4-point favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, but they might not even be in this Super Bowl at their new $5 billion SoFi stadium if 49ers safety Jaquiski Tartt doesn’t drop an easy interception. late in the NFC title game. Bringing in veteran Matthew Stafford at a high price in the draft picks – along with younger quarterback Jared Goff, who was part of the Los Angeles team that lost in the 2019 Super Bowl, as he was struggling mightily – largely paid off for the Rams. Stafford’s 49,995 passing yards and 323 touchdowns are the most for a QB making his first Super Bowl appearance. Stafford needs 209 passing yards to become the sixth player to reach 6,000 in a single season.

But he also sometimes puts the ball in play. This must be limited on Sundays.

“We went for him because we thought it was lucky we could get a great player of his magnitude,” Rams coach Sean McVay said of Stafford, who has spent a dozen seasons playing well. play without winning in Detroit. “What he did, he lifted everyone around him. He made me a better coach. He made his teammates better.

Just like the guy on the other side, Joe Burrow. Like Stafford, Burrow was the first draft pick. His rookie season was cut short after 10 games by a knee injury, but his sophomore year was so great that he won NFL Player of the Year. His most recent production is magnificent. And almost flawless.

Burrow went from No. 1 overall pick to Super Bowl starting quarterback faster than anyone. He has 15 touchdowns and just two interceptions in his last seven games, averaging 331.1 yards per game.

Burrow has played infrequently over the past two months, and look how that paid off.

Of course, there’s more to this game than just when and where the quarterbacks throw the ball. It’s about the Cincinnati offensive line — which helped Burrow be the league’s most fired passer, 51 times, nine more in a playoff win at Tennessee — losing to a generational talent such as Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and other top assists. rushers Von Miller and Leonard Floyd.

“He’s a special group of talented guys on that defense,” said Miller, who won the 2015 NFL championship in Denver while serving as Super Bowl MVP. “I’m talking about one of the best bands I’ve had the chance to be part of. We work as a team and it gets better every week.”

It’s all about Ramsey being a stoppage cover guy against Offensive Rookie of the Year Ja’Marr Chase, and the rest of the Los Angeles compatriots managing Chase countrymen Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd. And much the same on the other side, with Apple and other defensive backs trying to slow down Offensive Player of the Year Cooper Kupp, Odell Beckham Jr. and Van Jefferson.

It’s about the kicking games, which have been very strong in the playoffs, continuing to perform on the biggest stage in the sport.

Same goes for the coaches: McVay, who is used to being in the spotlight after taking the Rams to the playoffs in four of his five seasons, and Taylor, his former assistant, in his first postseason as a chief. McVay didn’t perform well, nor did his team, in that Super Bowl three years ago, looking uncomfortable against Tom Brady and the Patriots.

As difficult as it may be — and it is very difficult — it’s about treating the Super Bowl in the cliched phrasing players use: just another game. There’s a lot of truth in that.

“You have a job to go out there and perform and try to run your team,” Stafford said. “The game is on, and that’s football. That’s what we’re here for.”

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