Cooper Kupp caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford in the 4th quarter with 1:25 left in the game, giving the Rams the go-ahead score and lead for good.
Kupp finished the game with 92 yards on eight catches and two touchdowns. Kupp also had one carry for seven yards on the Rams final drive of the game, which picked up a must-have first down on a fourth-and-1 at their own 30-yard line.
To his surprise, Kupp was named Super Bowl LVI’s Most Valuable Player (MVP), only the eighth wide receiver in the NFL to accomplish such a feat.
The fifth year wide receiver, who had no college offers coming out of high school and was a third round draft pick for the Rams in 2017, joins Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice as 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 the Super Bowl MVP. Rice accomplished those accolades over the course of his career; Kupp racked them up in a single season.
Kupp finished the post season with 33 receptions, 478 receiving yards, and 6 touchdowns.
“I don’t feel deserving of this. God is just so good,” Kupp said while receiving the game’s coveted MVP award. After the game, Kupp posted on Instagram, saying, “Do it to get a crown that will last forever.“
Kupp was unable to suit up in 2019’s Super Bowl game when the Rams lost to Tom Brady’s New England Patriots because of an injury that forced him to watch from the sidelines. It was after that Super Bowl loss that the wide receiver said he was given a vision from God.
Kupp shared with reporters in his post game press conference, while holding his son, “I don’t know what it was. There was just this vision that God revealed to me that we were going to come back—we were going to be a part of a Super Bowl—we were going to win it. And somehow I was going to walk off the field as MVP of the game. And I shared that with my wife, because I couldn’t tell anyone else, obviously, what that was. But from the moment this postseason started, there was just a belief in every game. It was written already and I just got to play free, knowing that I got to play from victory not for victory.”
“I got to play in a place where I was validated not from anything that happened on the field,” Kupp said, concluding his story, “but because of my worth in God and my Father and I am just so incredibly thankful.”