Rams, Bengals to meet in Super Bowl

The Rams defeated the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 20-17 in Sunday night’s NFC championship game, earning the right to face the upstart Bengals, who earlier on Sunday defeated the favorite Kansas City Chiefs 27-24 in overtime in the AFC title game.

And what matches they were, both nail-biters to the bitter end, with some slides along the way – much like the playoffs in the division round before.

The Rams were tied with the 49ers at 17-17 before scoring with just 1:46 minutes left of the game. Sean McVay leads the Rams to their second Super Bowl in his five years as head coach of the team. Former Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is on his way to his first NFL championship game in his first season with Los Angeles.

Both McVay and 49ers Kyle Shanahan were hired in 2017 as head coaches for their respective teams.

The Rams will play the Super Bowl at their home ground, SoFi Stadium, the second home team in a row to host the championship. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the first to make it last year at Raymond James Stadium.

The upstart Bengals were underdogs against the Chiefs in the first half of their game, but came back in the second half to equalize the match and then win it with a field goal in overtime.

Led by second-year quarterback Joe Burrow, the Bengals Chiefs’ chance to play in the Super Bowl ended for the third year in a row.

Now the Ohio team is heading to its first Super Bowl since 1989.

The Chiefs took an early lead in the first quarter and appeared on their way to the Bengals, who at one point led 21-3 towards the end of the second quarter.

Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes was in fine form and the team’s offense played an almost perfect first half, cheered on by a breathtaking home crowd at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.

But the Chiefs would continue to blow a 21-3 lead. The Bengals scored a touchdown in the waning minutes of the first half, making the score 21-10, and making a strong defensive stop as the half ended.

The Bengals opened the third quarter with two strong defensive stops against Mahomes and the powerful Chiefs offensive, followed by a field goal to the score 21-13. Then, following a Chiefs turnover, the Bengals equalized the match with a touchdown and a two-point conversion as the third quarter ended.

The Chiefs, however, came back at the end of the regulation, bringing the match with a Harrison Butker field goal, which put the third AFC title game in NFL history to go into overtime.

The Chiefs won the coin toss in overtime, but Mahomes was intercepted on his team’s first possession. It set a Bengals field goal to win the match.

The Bengals have never won a Super Bowl and it will be head coach Zac Taylor’s first time as head coach of a Super Bowl team. Taylor was the quarterbacks coach for the Los Angeles Rams when they appeared in Super Bowl LIII.

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