I picked the Rams to win because they just had too many great players at positions all over the field. All of them showed up when they needed to.
After being contained for most of the first half, Aaron Donald showed up in a big way in the second half getting a huge stop on a running play, and getting the game sealing sack. Aaron Donald was being rumored during the game to retire if the Rams won the Super Bowl, in his post-game interview he did not deny those reports, but he said he just wanted to “enjoy the moment”, when he did finally answer.
If he does call it a career he will go down as one of the best defenders in the history of the NFL.
Odell Beckham was having himself a fantastic first half and until he hurt himself with a non-contact leg injury, he was on track to be the MVP of the game. This season Beckham went from being a pariah in Cleveland, where critics would say that Baker and the Browns ran the offense better without him.
He was unceremoniously thrown out by New York, and outright released by the Browns. All that talent, but he had not quite put it all together. Coming to Los Angeles was the perfect landing spot for him, and he proved his salt, and even though he missed the second half of the Super Bowl he will still receive a whole ring for his contributions to the championship team.
Couper Cupp was the Offensive Player of the year, and when OBJ went down he became one of Matthew Stafford’s best and sometimes only options. It was the last drive of the game, when the Rams needed a play.
Whether it was a run on 4th and 1, or fighting through double coverage, drawing pass interference penalties, Couper Cupp came through made every tough catch? While Aaron Donald who logged some important tackles and a couple of sacks including the game clincher.
Couper Cupp was money in the closing moments and I was ok with either he or Donald wining the MVP.
The game was a redemption for Matthew Stafford, who was never really mentioned among elite quarterbacks, because he was in football purgatory in Detroit. He was known as a stat compiler.
There was a belief he wasn’t good enough to take a team deep into the playoffs. He showed that if he had all the pieces and infrastructure around him including a great coach and receivers, and a monster defense on the other side of him that he is a Championship QB.
This was a close game, with ebbs and flows that came down to the last minute, and it was chock full of stars that all showed up and showed out from both sides of the ball. This was one of the better games in the last several Super Bowls.
In terms of the Half-time show, for me I felt like my childhood and coming of age was flashing before my eyes. I remember the peak of Death Row in the early to mid-nineties that included Snoop, Dre, Tupac, and the Dogg Pound.
I remember the rise of a blonde Marshall Mathers in 1999-2000. Mary J Blige’s dance moves are a running joke in my social circles, she was also a soundtrack of our coming of age.
This 80’s born and 90’s raised kid was a crip walking in a bar, reliving his teens and early adult years. Great show put on by Dr Dre, and the NFL. They still need to remove Dan Snyder, and to hire more minority Coaches, but I’ll also acknowledge when they get something right.