Cooper Kupp was frustrated for a large part of Super Bowl LVI. With Odell Beckham Jr. injured, the Cincinnati Bengals were able to focus all their attention on the NFL’s leading receiver. Kupp was quiet for huge swaths of the game.
In the fourth quarter, Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp found their stride when it mattered most. The two were in sync on a game-deciding drive that saw Kupp pull in the championship-clinching score with just 1:25 left on the clock. Aaron Donald and the Rams defense took over from there.
Kupp said he didn’t feel like he deserved it. The Super Bowl LVI MVP gave credit to his teammates for trusting each other. Cooper is thankful for the success the Rams earned as a team, he said in his post-game comments to NBC’s Mike Tirico.
“Man, just so proud of this team, the way we prepared, the way we loved on each other, trusted each other. I don’t know. I just don’t feel deserving of this. God is just so good. I’m just so thankful for the guys I get to be around, for the coaches, for my family. I don’t know what to say.”
Cooper Kupp became only the eighth wideout to be named Super Bowl MVP. The most recent was Julian Edelman for the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. Cooper also joined Joe Montana as the only NFL player ever to win both AP Offensive Player of the Year and Super Bowl MVP in the same season.
Kupp had 8 receptions for 92 yards and two touchdowns in a dominant performance. Odell Beckham had been the star of the show before his injury, pulling in two for 52 yards and a TD. In a game where huge individual performances made the difference, none was bigger than that of Cooper Kupp.
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