Bengals: Holding call gives Rams new life
Were it not for Higgins’ second act in this play, a holding call on the Los Angeles Rams’ final drive would be getting all the attention. The lack of consistency from the game’s officials got them into trouble late, as a glad on third-and-goal gave the Rams a fresh set of downs.
The Bengals defender does make contact with Cooper Kupp, but does not impede his progress. It’s a bang-bang play, and officials have a tendency to jump to conclusions on those. But this is the Super Bowl, damnit. We expect the best officiating crew the shield has to offer.
A fresh set of down gave the Rams new life, and they would eventually score, thus resetting the history books. Stafford got his first ring, rather than Burrow. Donald gets a chance to go out a winner, and Kupp won Super Bowl MVP.
Oh, what could’ve been in Cincinnati. Who knows if the Rams pick up that fourth down?
As we saw on the next Bengals drive, even fourth-and-1 is far from a guarantee.