One of Super Bowl LVI’s biggest plays came with 5 minutes remaining. The Rams were trailing 20-16 when, fourth and one of 30 in Los Angeles, Sean McVay decided to go for it.
Not only did he decide to go for it, he decided to call a play the Rams hadn’t executed well in practice.
“It was definitely something that I think you at that point, if you don’t understand that, you flip the ball, back into Bengals territory, and it’s going to be a difficult situation for us as a team to overcome,” Kupp told USA Today. “It was a piece that caused a lot of consternation, as Sean would say, because there were a lot of moving parts. You are on the silent count. The stadium is noisy, trying to figure out how you’re going to time it all. We fumbled it a couple of times during the week, where we just couldn’t get the nod to convey. We had some issues with it. As we walked in, Matthew (Stafford) and I talked. We came to see Sean at the end of the week and we were like, ‘Hey, I know you want to call this room. Matthew and I get it. We can do it. And then we didn’t even race it again until that point where we ran it on that fourth down.
Kupp gained 7 yards on the throw sweep before Jessie Bates and Eli Apple stopped him. Eleven plays later, Stafford found Kupp for a 1-yard touchdown and emerged as the game winner.
So what were Stafford and Kupp thinking when McVay announced the play?
“Matthew and I looked at each other and were like, ‘Okay, you remember what we said. Remember our cues. Remember what we said to make it work. Then we been able to execute it,” Kupp said.