WATCH: Bengals take lead in second half of Super Bowl LVI

INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Joe Burrow went deep to Tee Higgins on the first play of the second half, and the second-year wide receiver shook off L.A. Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey for an open lane to the end zone, giving the Cincinnati Bengals their first lead of the game Sunday in Super Bowl LVI.

Higgins caught the ball around the Rams’ 37-yard line while Ramsey got tangled up and fell to the ground. The play turned into a 75-yard touchdown, as the Bengals went ahead 17-13 with 14:48 left in the third quarter.

Chidobe Awuzie then made sure the momentum stayed with the Bengals when he intercepted Matthew Stafford’s pass intended for Van Jefferson. Cincinnati drove down to the red zone but a third-down sack by Aaron Donald forced the Bengals to settle for a field goal from Evan McPherson.

McPherson’s 38-yarder extended the lead to 20-13 with 10:15 left in the third quarter and allowed the Bengals’ rookie kicker to tie Adam Vinatieri’s record of 14 field goals made in a postseason. McPherson is 14-of-14 this postseason.

The Rams trimmed the margin to 20-16 on a field goal with 5:58 to play in the third quarter.

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