5 positive takeaways from LA Rams Super Bowl victory
Takeaway II: That Stafford to Kupp connection? Hoo boy
The LA Rams have held to the belief that their wide receivers were as good as any receiver group in the NFL for the past five NFL seasons. But two different sets of circumstances prevented the team from realizing their true potential. And that prevented the team from earning the respect that was truly due to their players.
The second challenge was the poorly time injuries to wide receiver Cooper Kupp. The LA Rams had appeared in six playoff games before this season, but Kupp had only played in two of those games. Why? He injured his ACL and missed the second half of the 2018 season, including Super Bowl LIII. In 2020, he was unable to suit up for the Divisional Round to face the Green Bay Packers. Some point to his absence in the lineup as the cause for the Rams falling short of winning a Super Bowl.
But he suited up and was present for the Rams in these playoffs. In fact, his performance was so incredible that he may have validated the matter of his absence leading to postseason losses. After all, he put up 145 receptions, 1,945 yards, and 16 touchdowns this season. He followed that up with a playoff performance of 33 catches, 478 yards, and six more touchdowns.
Perhaps nothing displays the unstoppability of the Stafford to Kupp connection than the Rams final touchdown with time running out. Everyone on the face of the planet knew that Stafford would throw the ball to Kupp for the touchdown, but the Bengals were absolutely powerless to stop it. In the end, Matthew Stafford connected to Cooper Kupp, sealing a victory for the team and MVP for Kupp.