Rams Players Celebrate Super Bowl Victory at Disneyland

By City News Service
City News Service
City News Service
February 14, 2022Updated: February 15, 2022

ANAHEIM, Calif.—Cooper Kupp, Matthew Stafford, and Aaron Donald celebrated the Los Angeles Rams’ Super Bowl championship at the Disneyland Resort on Feb. 14.

Kupp, Donald, and Stafford also got to experience some of the attractions at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park and interacted with Disney characters.

The trio was joined by their families in shouting “We’re all going to Disneyland” shortly after the 23–20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI Sunday at SoFi Stadium. The commercial also features several Make-A-Wish children who made a wish to attend the game and cheer on the Rams.

“It’s surreal,” Donald said at Disneyland Monday. “We’re still living in the moment, so it’s still sinking in, you know? So I’m just enjoying this, man, and, you know, to know how much work we put into this, man, and get to this point to call ourselves world champions, this is what it’s about.”

Kupp caught the game-winning 1-yard touchdown pass from Stafford with one minute, 25 seconds to play and was selected as the MVP for catching eight passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns, all game highs.

Stafford completed 26 of 40 passes for 283 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions and was sacked twice. He had a 89.9 passer rating on a scale from 0 to 158.3 with a rating over 100 considered superior.

Stafford became the third quarterback to win a Super Bowl in his first year with a team, joining Trent Dilfer of the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV in 2001 and Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV in 2021.

Donald made two of the Rams’ record-tying seven sacks and pressured Bengals’ quarterback Joe Burrow into throwing an incomplete pass on fourth-and- 1 from the Rams’ 49-yard line with 39 seconds left to seal the victory which gave Los Angeles its first NFL championship since the 1983 season and third all-time.

“I can’t say enough about the resilience of this team,” Rams coach Sean McVay said after becoming the youngest coach to win a Super Bowl at 36 years, 20 days old. Mike Tomlin was 36 years, 323 days old when he guided the Steelers to a victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII in 2009.

“Guys stepping up when they had to and it’s going to sound like a broken record, but that’s what makes this team great. That’s why they’re world champs. Our best players stepped up in the most crucial and critical moments.”

The Rams drove 79 yards on 15 plays in 4:48 for the winning score after allowing 17 unanswered points to trail 20–13 with 4:45 left in the third quarter after leading 13-3.

On the winning touchdown, Cincinnati was in man coverage, “no help over the top, and Coop did a great job winning on his route,” Stafford said. “I tried to put it in a good spot and he made a great catch.”

Stafford completed seven of 12 passes for 57 yards on the winning drive, including four to Kupp for 39 yards.

The Rams converted two of three third downs and their lone fourth down on the drive.

Kupp ran for 7 yards around right end on a fourth-and-1 on the fourth play of the series, one play after Cam Akers was stopped for no gain. After the third-down play, the Bengals had a 70.2% chance of winning, according to ESPN’s Game Tracker.

“Sometimes you go with a gut feel,” McVay said of his play call. “I felt like based on the way they had played some of those short-yardage situations that Kupp would have a chance to circle the defense. They defended it really well, but it was a great player making a great play. We don’t make that play, we’re not sitting up here winning that game for sure. Big-time play.”

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