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NFL: McVay hails Kupp's handiwork

Head coach Sean McVay was quick to acknowledge the role Cooper Kupp has played as the Los Angeles Rams' have advanced to the Super Bowl.

Kupp, 6/1 to be named MVP of next week's clash with the Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium, has been the Rams' most-dependable offensive weapon throughout 2021 and the postseason.

Impressive season

The former third-round draft pick just fell short of breaking the single-season records for catches and receiving yards, but his postseason performances have ensured he has set new marks for both when playoffs are included.

The 28-year-old, a fifth-year pro, added 11 catches for 142 yards as the Rams snapped a run of six consecutive defeats by the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC title game last Sunday.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford, on the one-year anniversary of his trade to the Rams, led three straight fourth-quarter scoring drives to erase a 10-point deficit against the Niners, sending two TD passes in the direction of Kupp.

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Big moments

"Just big catch after big catch. He's competing in the run game. He does so many things. We have no chance of being here without Cooper Kupp," McVay said said of the receiver, who is only the fifth player since the 1970 merger to win the NFC's receiving triple crown.

It was his 13th game this season with at least 100 receiving yards — also a record — and put Kupp on 159 catches for 2,191 yards in 19 total games while his 386 receiving yards are third most in a postseason before the Super Bowl.

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