In this article, we’ll analyze some of the best, and worst, performances from Super Bowl 56.
This spot could have just as easily gone to Aaron Donald, but I decided to give shine to the other pass rusher with multiple sacks Sunday. Miller, similar to Super Bowl 50, was unblockable all night, recording two sacks while being blocked by former first-round pick Jonah Williams.
Miller is a half-sack away from breaking the Super Bowl sack record set at 4.5, a number that Charles Haley owns over the span of five games, compared to Miller’s three. The Ram’s pass rush completely took over in the second half of the football game, manhandling a line that gave up nine sacks against the Tennessee Titans three weeks ago. If it was not for Cooper Kupp’s outstanding performance, one could make the case for Miller receiving the MVP award.
Although he is not exactly a household name, the middle linebacker for Cincinnati had a major impact on the game. Wilson led the entire Super Bowl in total tackles with nine, including eight solo tackles. Wilson’s largest impact came in the run game, as he was integral to holding Los Angeles to 1.9 yards per carry.
Wilson was all over the field, and if last night was any indication, he has a bright future ahead of him.
What type of best performances list would be complete without the Super Bowl MVP?
Kupp capped off arguably the best wide receiver season in NFL history with one more dominant performance, reeling in eight catches for 92 yards and two touchdowns. On the final drive of the game, Kupp had four touches, including the game-winning touchdown on the right side of the endzone.
Kupp’s playoff run was nothing short of spectacular, and the Super Bowl was no exception.With eight catches for 92 yards and two touchdowns, Los Angeles Ram’s receiver was named the MVP of Super Bowl 56.
The entire NFL seems to be pouring onto Eli Apple since his Super Bowl performance, and for good reason. After weeks of trash talking the top receivers in the NFL, the chickens came to roost on the NFL’s biggest stage.
Both Cooper Kupp’s touchdowns would come while being covered by aforementioned Apple, including one that would give Los Angeles a late lead. The first touchdown came from a complete meltdown by the corner, who bit on Matt Stafford’s play action fake and let Kupp run right past him and become wide open in the back of the endzone.
Apple has spent his career as a journeyman corner who never could reach his full potential, and was exposed once again Sunday night.
Bengals Offensive Line
While one could have easily singled out one player on the unit, such as tackle Jonah Williams or guard Quinton Spain, it is fair to say the entire Bengals offensive line was an unmitigated disaster.
Joe Burrow would be sacked seven times over the span of the game, including six in the second half. The Bengals offensive line was a major concern going into the game against Los Angeles’ front seven, and for good reason. Future hall-of-famers Aaron Donald and Von Miller each recorded two sacks, along with many key pressures down the stretch. On the most important play of the Super Bowl, Cincinnati’s line showed off its incompetence one last time, not giving Burrow enough time to make a throw to extend the potential game winning drive.
While it is not a major surprise Eli Apple and the Cincinnati offensive line made the list for worst performances, Jalen Ramsey’s inclusion is one that could not have been predicted. While the controversial Tee Higgins touchdown cannot be entirely blamed on Ramsey, he still made a plethora of mistakes throughout the game.
Early on, Ja’Marr Chase was able to get the best of the all-pro on multiple occasions, including a 46-yard catch early where he burnt Ramsey down the field. Los Angeles’ defense was still able to hold off the Bengals enough to secure a win, however Ramsey’s performance was far from stellar.