The Los Angeles Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 in Super Bowl LVI, which was just like the postseason games coming up to it—exciting and down to the game’s final seconds.
With 1:25 left in the fourth quarter, Cooper Kupp grabbed a 1-yard touchdown throw from Matthew Stafford, giving the Rams the game’s go-ahead score and the lead for good.
Kupp has 92 yards on eight catches and two scores in the game. On the Rams’ last drive of the game, Kupp had one rush for 7 yards, picking up a crucial first down on a fourth-and-1 at their own 30-yard line.
Kupp was selected Super Bowl LVI’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) to his surprise, becoming only the eighth wide receiver in NFL history to do so.
The fifth-year wide receiver, who had no college offers coming out of high school and was drafted in the third round by the Rams in 2017, is the only other receiver in NFL history to win the triple crown (145 receptions, 1,947 receiving yards, and 16 touchdowns [leading all NFL receivers]), Offensive Player of the Year, and Super Bowl MVP. Rice earned those honors throughout the course of his career, whereas Kupp did it in a single season.
Kupp has 33 catches, 478 receiving yards, and six touchdowns in the postseason.
“I don’t think I’m deserving of it.” Kupp remarked when accepting the game’s prestigious MVP award, “God is just so good.” “Do it to obtain a crown that will endure forever,” Kupp said on Instagram after the game.
Due to an injury, Kupp was unable to play in the 2019 Super Bowl, which the Rams lost to Tom Brady’s New England Patriots. He was forced to watch from the sidelines. The wide receiver said he was granted a vision from God following the Super Bowl loss.
“I don’t know what that was,” Kupp said in his post-game news conference, while holding his son. We were going to come back—we were going to be a part of a Super Bowl—and we were going to win it, according to a vision God gave me. And I was going to walk off the field as the game’s MVP. And I told my wife about it because I couldn’t tell anyone else because I couldn’t tell anyone else what it was. But there has been a belief in every game since the start of the postseason. It was already written, and all I had to do was play freely, knowing that I would be playing from triumph rather than for victory.”
Kupp concluded his tale by saying, “I got to play in a place where I was validated not because of anything that happened on the field, but because of my value in God and my Father, and I am just so tremendously glad.”
Kupp was questioned how the vision God provided him was disclosed to him by a reporter. “It was simply walking off that field,” Kupp replied. It was crystal clear. It hit me as I went off the field, turned around, and walked back through the tunnel. You people were as visible as I could see you right now.” After that, Kupp informed the reporters in the room that it was “pretty remarkable.”
“You aren’t a good receiver without all the other eleven players on the field doing their thing,” Kupp said of his teammates’ contributions to his performance on the field.
“As you reflect back to the beginning of this year and where you are now, what do you believe is the tremendous lesson that God has taught you and showed you when you look at this year?” Kupp was asked in an interview earlier this week.
“I believe the thing He’s taught me is that you’ll find the most fulfillment and joy when you’re rooted in your purpose—specifically, when you’re rooted in His purpose for you,” Kupp said. That has been one of the highlights of this year for me.”
“I’ve just had so much joy being able to play this game,” Kupp added, “beyond all the games that we won, above all the awards and accolades.” “Every day, my drive is to run the marathon in such a way that respects God, and the interests and abilities that He has given me.” And I’m in a terrific position when I’m rooted in that. I have complete freedom to play. I have the ability to love my colleagues. I have the ability to be a better guy, football player, spouse, and father.”
Because of the everlasting perspective God has given him, Kupp stated that even if they had not won a single game this season, it would have been one of the finest years of his football career.