With the game on the line, Sean McVay stopping overthinking football and his stars delivered. That's the story of the Super Bowl LVI champions.
That defensive holding was meeeeeh. But the Bengals also got their game-changing touchdown after halftime after a missed OPI call. So the bad calls, I don't wanna say balanced out, but ...
It's also the lesson the Bills learned after the New England game, right? Let your best player do best player things. (Now, get 14 the ball a few more times in big games ...)
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Cincy had ample opportunity to extend their lead. Congrats to L.A. Too bad Green Bays version of all in came up short.
Great Season, TD. Thanks to you, Bob & Jim. Looking forward to some great offseason coverage, too. Get some rest, yourself, something tells me it's gonna be a wild one!
Your takeaways match mine pretty well. The Bengals came into this game with an obvious mismatch, and it's kind of amazing their offense was able to be as successful as it was for as long as it was, but eventually they were just overwhelmed. On the other side of the ball, it felt like the Rams just kept slamming themselves into the Bengals' front over and over again. It was very strange. Cris Collinsworth kept talking about how Stafford was playing with all these different guys he didn't know, and I was like "isn't the Offensive Player of the Year still out there?" It's like that 4th down sweep reminded McVay he was on the field. Overall I thought McVay didn't have a very strong game, but the talent won out.
As for the refs, it's a little hard to feel that the Bengals got hosed since they were only ahead because of a badly missed call, but I agree that it was frustrating that the refs basically swallowed their whistles until the game was on the line. And that holding call was pretty bad. Even in a game where the refs were largely invisible, somehow the NFL always gets it wrong!
Bengals fans don't have a case with the officiating. Wipe away the facemask touchdown catch and they put up 13 points. That call was so bad there will be calls for soccer-style VAR soon enough. Ugh.