By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @LucyRK78
LA Rams 54 – Kansas City Chiefs 51
White rally towels flickered throughout the stadium reading “LA Together,” as the LA Rams dedicated Monday night’s game to first responders and those affected by the California wildfires and the mass shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks.
Members of the Cal Lutheran University choir sang the national anthem as first responders and their families carried an American flag that stretched the length of the field before the start of the Rams’ game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Players and coaches from both teams wore dark gray hats with logos of Los Angeles-area firefighter and law enforcement agencies.
From start to finish, this was a playoff caliber game. Billed as the “Game of the Year,” this matchup somehow managed to exceed expectations.
The Rams and Chiefs became the first teams in NFL HISTORY to score more than 50 points in the same game, in the highest-scoring “Monday Night Football” game ever. It’s also the first time a team has lost after scoring over 50 points! “That was a crazy game,” said Rams quarterback Jared Goff, who completed 31 of 49 passes for 413 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another.
Each time you look at a stat from the game, you realize how evenly matched these two teams were and how thrilling this game was. Outside linebacker Samson Ebukam and defensive tackle Aaron Donald had maybe the best games of their careers, as the Rams scored 21 points on turnovers through three quarters and defeated the Chiefs 54-51.
Ebukam became the first player since sacks became official in 1982 with a sack, interception and multiple touchdowns in a single game, according to ESPN Stats & Info. The three defensive touchdowns were the most in a single game since Week 6 of 2017, when the New Orleans Saints (three) and Detroit Lions (one) combined for four, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
Monday night’s high-scoring contest accounted for the most combined points in any game this season. “They were scoring, we were scoring,” Jared Goff said after the game. “You think it’s whoever has the ball last, and then we get two turnovers at the end. It was an insane game.”
With the win, LA’s head coach Sean McVay remains undefeated against the AFC while leading the Rams. Monday’s win also means the Rams have swept the AFC West in 2018.
How crazy was tonight’s game?
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) November 20, 2018
Los Angeles is now 10-1 heading into the bye week. The Rams can clinch the NFC West with a Seahawks loss in Week 12.
A rematch would make for a GREAT Super Bowl….
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