On the Rams’ seventh sack of the game and second one by LA’s outside linebacker Von Miller, Burrow went down hard early in the fourth quarter on a third down.
The way Burrow’s right knee twisted looked painful as he screamed while grabbing it and then limped off the field.
Fortunately, Burrow’s injury was not as bad as it appeared and he returned to finish the game on the next drive.
Bengals’ reporter Kelsey Conway noted that Burrow walked it off of the sidelines without entering the injury tent.
The Rams went on to win the Super Bowl 23-20 and Burrow threw for a total 237 yards and one touchdown.
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What Burrow, Coach Taylor Said After the Game
Bengals’ head coach Zac Taylor was asked by the media following the loss “how hurt” Burrow was in that game:
“It’s hard to know,” he said. “He’s able to play and I’m just calling the plays at that point. We’ll find out more.”
The media followed up with another question, “did you ever think he was going to be out of that game?”
“No,” Taylor said. “He always responds well and jumps back in and can fight through a lot of pain.
Burrow also shrugged off his knee injury during his post-game presser:
“we’ll get it checked out after the game,” he said. “But, I wasn’t coming out.”
As to where to Bengals go from here, Burrow remains optimistic and refuses to dwell on the loss.
“I watched the life of Kurt Warner last week when we had a little break and I thought about this in the locker room,” he said. “When they lost one and later in the documentary, he said that they let it sting to much, that they didn’t celebrate what they accomplished. So, obviously, it stings but we had a great year. Didn’t come out this last game the way we wanted to but I think we still have something to celebrate.”
Burrow Won the AP’s 2021 Comeback Player of the Year
Burrow, 25, is no stranger to knee injures after he returned this past season from both an ACL and MCL tear in his left knee.
The former No. 1 overall pick for Cincinnati completed an NFL-high 70.4% of his passes in 2021. He also threw for a total of 4,611 yards and 34 touchdowns and led the Bengals to their first AFC North division title since 1970. Not to mention that 33 years later, Burrow’s 525 yards during Cincy’s Week 16 win over the Ravens broke Boomer Esiason’s single-game passing franchise record.
Fast forward to the players and Burrow completed 68.8% of his passes for 842 yards with four touchdowns to just two interceptions.
His outstanding record-breaking season, fresh off a gruesome knee injury, earned him the prestigious Associated Press award of Comeback Player of the year.