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#pounditWednesday, September 28, 2022

Joe Burrow’s difficult Super Bowl summed up by one key stat

Joe Burrow on the field

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow had a tough time staying on his feet during Super Bowl LVI, and one key stat bears that out.

Burrow was sacked seven times by the Los Angeles Rams during Sunday’s game, and that does not include several other quarterback hits. That tied the record for most sacks taken in one Super Bowl.

Of course, as it usually is, this was hardly Burrow’s fault. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, the Bengals posted a 14 percent pass block win rate in the game, which marks the worst in any NFL game all season.

Essentially, this means the Rams were winning in the defensive trenches on almost nine out of ten plays. Even when Burrow wasn’t sacked, he was pressured or hurried, and hardly had time to make his reads or survey his options. In the end, it even got Burrow hurt late in the game.

Some of this is certainly down to the Bengals’ offensive line. However, they were also up against a very motivated Aaron Donald, who was more or less unplayable.

Photo: Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) walks the sideline in the fourth quarter of the NFL Week 12 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. The Bengals beat the Steelers 41-10. Mandatory Credit: Sam Greene/The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK

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