Cooper Kupp on last TD: It was a great back-shoulder throw and I came down with it

NFL: FEB 13 Super Bowl LVI - Bengals v Rams
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Cooper Kupp capped one of the best seasons ever for a receiver with a game-winning touchdown with 1:25 left in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LVI.

Kupp was the MVP of Sunday’s game, recording eight catches for 92 yards and a pair of TDs.

The play that Kupp scored on wasn’t always going to be a pass. After the game, Kupp said that it was a “run-alert,” which meant that if the defense showed a certain coverage, it would turn into a pass.

That happened, with Kupp matched up one-on-one with Bengals cornerback Eli Apple.

“We were able to alert things, alert and throw a little fade ball out there,” Kupp said. “Eli Apple had been playing me pretty well the entire game, really came up, challenged me, [was] doing a really good job with that. And cover zero, you’ve got that inside leverage, so I tried to just weave to his leverage, make him move in a little bit, jab him one time and be able to just give Matthew some room to put the ball wherever he wanted to.

“And he made a great back-shoulder throw and I was able to come down with it.”

Kupp won the regular-season triple crown, leading the league in catches, yards, and receiving touchdowns — enough to get him named this year’s AP offensive player of the year. And then he set the record for most postseason catches with 33.

In all 21 regular and postseason games, Kupp tallied 178 receptions, 2,425 yards, and 22 touchdowns.

“I just feel so undeserving of all these awards and accolades because I feel like I’ve played it from a place of freedom,” Kupp said. “I’ve just allowed myself to be in the moment every single time. [I’ve know] that there were going to be guys alongside me to make this thing come to life. I’m just so thankful for them.

“All these things, they’re truly team awards. You aren’t a successful receiver without all the other 10 guys on the field doing their jobs. So each of those guys who I stepped on the field with, just so incredibly thankful for them.”

Whether or not Kupp feels deserving, what he did in the 2021 season is flatly historic. And now he’ll have a ring to show for it.

28 responses to “Cooper Kupp on last TD: It was a great back-shoulder throw and I came down with it

  1. Well without that bad call on third down we never get that call.

    Without that new set of downs the game is different. It is a shame the NFL found flags to help the outcome.

  2. Cooper Kupp should get 2 rings, and take away the one intended for Jalen Ramsey. Dude is a whole tool shed

  3. The NFL referees once again picked their preferred champion at the end of a game. Americans are so gullible and stupid!

  4. They just had to keep giving the Rams another chance twice inside the 20 yard line. Pathetic!

  5. Refs totally decided the outcome of this game. Gave LA 10 tries to try to score a TD with some ticky tack calls that were never called on LA. Rams didn’t deserve this win. Another asterisk next to a superbowl winner.

  6. dstegesaurus says:
    February 14, 2022 at 10:04 am

    Cinci fans still on here whining about calls? Who Dey sour grapes?

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    Not a fan of either team. It was obvious to all that LA only won because of the Refs.

  7. Great players do great things on great days.

    He ain’t no Aaron Rodgers, that’s for sure.

    Thank God.

  8. Second SB in a row that was clearly rigged. Handing teams 1st and goals for ticky tack calls in a SB makes it that way.

    Enough is enough.

  9. I guess those whining about the ref’s late in the game didn’t actually watch the game. But if you want to complain about the ref’s, wouldn’t you need to take back the Bengals TD that was OBVIOUSLY a face mask/Offensive PI. The calls late in the game against the Bengals were all legit.

  10. annapterp says:
    February 14, 2022 at 11:04 am

    I guess those whining about the ref’s late in the game didn’t actually watch the game. But if you want to complain about the ref’s, wouldn’t you need to take back the Bengals TD that was OBVIOUSLY a face mask/Offensive PI. The calls late in the game against the Bengals were all legit.
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    Apples and oranges. Calls like that in the trenches get missed all the time, on both sides. But a holding call over the middle where it is obvious to everybody that he never actually held Kupp but yet is still called is unacceptable. Funny how the ref’s “let them play” when they were manhandling Bangles WRs, but not when it came to the Rams. This SB win gets an asterick

  11. To those who feel the Bengals were robbed by the refs during the Rams last offensive drive of the game I feel it was no worse than the non call on the offensive PI that led to a Bengals TD.
    I’m sure Bengal fans don’t want to hear this.

    Personally speaking, I feel current NFL refereeing might be the worst I’ve seen in the last 35 years. It along with the overtime rule which often basically decides the outcome of a game on a coin toss has imho helped turned the NFL into a mockery. And what makes if even harder for me to deal with is how almost hand in hand league management appears to have become with legalized gambling.

    Team sports is meant to be played by the teams involved with the outcome determined by the teams themselves not with interference of third parties.
    I find this is often no longer the case in the NFL.
    What a shame.

  12. spartan01 says:
    February 14, 2022 at 11:54 am
    Hey let’s just get rid of the two scores that the refs enabled. Rams win 16-13.

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    I am thrilled the ref didn’t buy the Ramsey embarrassing flop, throwing himself to the ground with INCIDENTAL contact of the finger catching on the facemask. It would have been a ridiculous ticky tack call.

    Ramsey certainly belongs in LA with that acting job. Higgins may be pretty strong, but he’s not that strong to launch Ramsey down with a finger in half a second.

    You can stop insulting people’s intelligence.

    In the Rozelle/Tagliabue Eras they were known as commissioners who didn’t cheat and didn’t have flags come out of the woodwork to help one team beat another in the sport’s biggest game of the year.

  13. Very questionable officiating in the last 2 minutes. That was not a hold by Logan Wilson. It was a great play on the ball.

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