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#pounditMonday, September 26, 2022

Rams benefit from controversial holding call in Super Bowl win

Bengals called for a hold on Cooper Kupp

The Los Angeles Rams came from behind to beat the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI on Sunday, and they did so with the help of the officiating crew.

The Bengals were leading 20-16 with less than two minutes remaining and looked like they might come up with a huge stop in the red zone. Logan Wilson batted a pass down that was intended for Cooper Kupp on 3rd-and-8, but the Bengals linebacker was called for holding. While Wilson did appear to grab Kupp’s jersey, hardly any flags were thrown the entire game. Yet, what looked like minimal contact led to a huge call.

Here’s another angle:

That was the first of several flags thrown on the series. There were offsetting penalties on the next play and then a pass interference call on Kupp in the end zone.

Kupp caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford two plays later to give the Rams a 23-20 lead, and they went on to win.

The holding call on third down was the difference in the game. Bengals fans are right to be furious about it. Though, they did get away with a blatant penalty on a touchdown play early in the second half (video here).

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