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Refs missed Rams false start penalty on key holding call

Rams commit a false start in the Super Bowl

Cincinnati Bengals fans were furious over a late defensive holding call in Super Bowl LVI that led to the game-winning touchdown, and they were probably even more angry when they realized the play never should have counted.

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 Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp on 3rd-and-8, but the Bengals linebacker was called for holding. The contact looked minimal in a game where the officials allowed plenty of physical play. You can see the video here.

There’s also a question of whether the ball should have been snapped. Replays appeared to show that several Rams players committed false starts. As you can see below, the ball clearly hadn’t been snapped when at least three linemen moved:

Officials have seemingly been letting those early starts slide all season. They also let plenty go on Sunday, including a blatant penalty on a play where the Bengals scored a 75-yard touchdown (video here). If they weren’t going to call the false start, they certainly should not have called the defensive hold in such a crucial situation.

Joe Burrow shares message after Bengals fall in Super Bowl

Joe Burrow on the field

Joe Burrow took some time to address the people after his team came up short in the Super Bowl this year.

Following the Cincinnati Bengals’ 23-20 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LVI, Burrow shared a message on Twitter.

“Sorry we couldn’t get it done,” Burrow wrote. “Proud of our team and our fans. Love these guys.”

Burrow doesn’t have much to hang his head about. He went 22-of-33 in the Super Bowl for 263 yards and a touchdown, putting the team in a position to win before the Rams’ final drive. Though Burrow was sacked a whopping seven times, the Rams’ robust pass rush gave opponents fits all season.

The 25-year-old Burrow also displayed plenty of grit during the game and can now look ahead to a 2022 campaign where the Bengals should once again be a favorite in the AFC.

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

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

Zac Taylor roasted for costly playcalls late in Super Bowl loss

Zac Taylor wearing a headset

The Cincinnati Bengals came up just short against the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LVI on Sunday, and Zac Taylor is facing some criticism for his playcalling late in the game.

The Bengals got the ball with 1:25 remaining in the game after L.A. scored a touchdown to take a 23-20 lead. They had plenty of time and two timeouts, but they picked up just one first down before turning the ball over on downs. Taylor’s first puzzling decision came when he called for a run up the gut with Semaje Perine on 3rd-and-1. Perine was predictably stuffed by Aaron Donald.

It’s unclear why Joe Mixon wasn’t on the field. Mixon had a Pro Bowl season and was one of Cincinnati’s best playmakers all season. Perine had 55 during the regular season and averaged 3.9 yards per carry. He finished the Super Bowl with zero yards on two carries compared to Mixon’s 72 yards on 15 rushes. Calling Perine’s number in that situation was inexcusable.

Taylor then called a pass play on 4th-and-1. The Bengals needed less than a yard, so stacking the line and running a sneak probably would have been the smart move. Instead, Burrow ended up throwing an incomplete pass. The ball was intended for Perine, who took some heat for not diving.

Taylor was roasted on social media for the calls.

The losing coach is always going to be second-guessed, but that sequence certainly was not Taylor’s best. While he had a gutsy call earlier in the game that paid off in a big way (video here), the questionable playcalls late are the ones that will stick with people.

Photo: Jan 2, 2022; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor paces the sideline in the first quarter during a Week 17 NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Mandatory Credit: Kareem Elgazzar-USA TODAY Sports

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).

Bengals player who was inactive committed costly penalty in Super Bowl

Vernon Hargreaves committed a penalty in the Super Bowl

Vernon Hargreaves was not in uniform for Super Bowl LVI on Sunday, but the veteran cornerback still managed to have a significant impact on the game — and not in a good way.

Bengals defensive back Jessie Bates III made a huge play to intercept a pass from Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford late in the first half. The Bengals should have gotten the ball at their own 20 after the touchback, but Hargreaves cost them 10 valuable yards. He was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct for coming off the bench to join his teammates in celebration. The penalty was half the distance to the goal.

Here’s what got Hargreaves in trouble:

Hargreaves was wearing flip-flops and shorts, so he stuck out like a sore thumb. The stunt had to have infuriated Bengals head coach Zac Taylor.

The Bengals ended up punting on their ensuing possession. It’s impossible to say if the result would have been different without the penalty, but it certainly didn’t help. Perhaps the drive would have gone differently if they started at the 20 instead of the 10.

Video: Bengals score trick play TD on gutsy Zac Taylor call

Joe Mixon throws a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl

The Cincinnati Bengals fell into an early hole against the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LVI, but Zac Taylor helped them climb out of it with a gutsy play call in the red zone.

The Bengals were trailing 13-3 late in the second quarter when Taylor drew up some trickery on 2nd-and-goal. He called a pass play for running back Joe Mixon, who had previously never attempted a pass in his five-year NFL career. Mixon threw a strike to Tee Higgins in the back of the end zone.

You can understand why the Rams didn’t see it coming. Mixon’s last pass attempt came in college when he was with Oklahoma.

The score cut L.A.’s lead to 13-10.

Video: Ja’Marr Chase made incredible one-handed catch on Jalen Ramsey

Ja’Marr Chase brought his big play ability to the Super Bowl when the Cincinnati Bengals needed it most.

The Bengals struggled on offense throughout the first quarter, but Chase helped turn things around late in the period with a huge 46-yard reception. Chase reeled in a one-handed catch, beating top Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey in the process.

The slow-motion replay shows just how difficult the catch was.

Joe Burrow has joked in the past that when things are tough, he just heaves it up to Chase. That strategy paid off here.

The Bengals couldn’t get anything else going on the drive, but the big catch did ensure that Cincinnati got on the board with a field goal to cut the Rams’ lead to 7-3.

Joe Burrow shares the 1 thing about LA he does not enjoy

Joe Burrow on the field

Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals are currently in Los Angeles preparing for their Super Bowl LVI matchup against the Rams. And although they haven’t had much time to explore the area, Burrow has settled onto one thing he dislikes about L.A. — the weather.

Burrow and the Bengals had a media availability on Friday ahead of the Super Bowl. That’s when he shared that the city was a little too hot for him this week.

“The weather is different,” Burrow said. “I don’t know if this is my kind of weather. I’m a Midwest kind of guy.”

Temperatures in Los Angeles are abnormally high at the moment with the Santa Ana winds blowing in and making things even more miserable. The daily highs have been approaching the mid-90s, which is roughly 20 degrees warmer than usual for this time of year.

Back in Cincinnati, things are considerably cooler as the winter weather has settled in.

Currently, forecasts project that temperatures will be near 90 degrees at the time of kickoff in Super Bowl LVI. The all-time record was set back in 1973 during Super Bowl VII when the thermometer hit 84. That game was played at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.

Luckily for Burrow & Co., the roof panels at SoFi Stadium can be detached in order to let the heat escape.

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

The story of how Ja’Marr Chase and Joe Burrow became neighbors is incredible

JaMarr Chase waves to the crowd

Ja’Marr Chase and Joe Burrow are already one of the best quarterback-wide receiver duos in the NFL. The two also played in college together at LSU and happen to be best friends. They’re neighbors, too, and the story of how that came to be is one that should be told more often.

During an episode of “Hear that Podcast Growlin'” this week, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic shared the awesome story of how Chase bought a house on the same street where Burrow lives in the Cincinnati area. After the Bengals drafted Chase fifth overall last year, the 21-year-old decided to go to Burrow’s street and start knocking on doors offering to buy houses that were not listed for sale. Eventually, he found someone who was willing to sell.

“He was looking for a place to live. He of course said, ‘Well, I want to live next to Joe Burrow.’ So what did he do? He went down to the street that Joe Burrow lives on and went door to door, knocking on every door offering to buy their house,” Dehner said. “What else do you do if you’re rich and want to live next to your buddy? You just go to people’s houses that live in the neighborhood and offer to buy them. And guess what? He bought one! Somebody sold him their house, so he lives next to Joe Burrow now on their little street and they’re like one happy family.

“He basically went around and was like, ‘Hi, I’m Ja’Marr Chase. I have lots of money and I want to buy the house.’ Eventually he found somebody that he bought it from, and now they’re neighbors.”

That’s amazing. We’d love to know how much over market value Chase had to offer. Considering he has a $30 million contract that is fully guaranteed, we’re guessing the seller was very happy with the transaction.

Chase seemed like an obvious pick for the Bengals last year due to his history with Burrow. The two players’ dads are even close, as evidenced by the awesome photo they took together during the playoffs. If chemistry is important, the Bengals could not ask for a better situation.

Photo: Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (1) waives after converting a third down during the game winning final Cincinnati Bengals drive in the fourth quarter of the NFL game on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati