Well that was all kinds of fun wasn’t it?
Having just watched the LA Rams defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 54-51 in Monday Night Football to advance to a 10-1 season record, we can be certain both teams will take a lot of confidence from their efforts at the LA Memorial Coliseum.
Every football fan who had the pleasure of watching that game will be hoping for a rematch in this year’s postseason.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid indicated his side will take away plenty of improvement from the match when he said in the press conference that “we can get better in a lot of different ways”, before recollecting a crucial missed interception that if taken, may have closed out a Kansas City win.
The Chiefs, now 9-2, are still a dominant AFC West division leader, who twice managed to overturn a double digit deficit to eventually lead the Rams with under three minutes on the clock.
Earlier, Patrick Mahomes became the first quarterback to lead a team to over 50 points and a loss, having passed for six total touchdowns.
Mahomes looked so confident under pressure that it seemed inevitable he would drive his team into field goal range and at least take the game to overtime on the Chiefs final minute possession.
Unfortunately for the quarterback, the Rams pass rush got some late pressure on him, leading to a couple of crucial picks, and the game did not reach it’s much deserved crescendo.
There were too many big moments in this one to list them all, with 14 total touchdowns, three of the most decisive being scored by the men playing defense. Rams pass rusher Samson Ebukam had one touchdown from a fumble recovery before halftime and another from an interception not long after.
The Chiefs cancelled out one of these with a strip sack inside the Rams five yard line which was returned by Allen Bailey into the end zone to give the Chiefs an unlikely 44-40 lead midway through the fourth quarter.
From there both teams traded offensive blows with two Jared Goff-inspired Rams touchdowns as he found Gerald Everett first with a dart to the centre of the field and then with a perfect 30 yard pass to the same man on the far sideline. On the latter match winning play Everett did an amazing job of staying infield as he danced ridiculously close to the whitewash before crossing the plane of the goal-line.
The Rams clutch scores were split by a precision Chiefs touchdown when Mahomes drew two Rams secondary defenders to his left, where they collided, leaving an open passage for a pass to his right and a wide open Chris Conley who strolled across and put the Chiefs up 51-47.
The fact the game ended after Everett’s second touchdown was the only disappointment on the night. While Rams fans rejoiced, they would probably admit they could happily have watched this see-sawing epic go on for days.
This was offensive football at it’s most entertaining and the fact that these teams are likely to meet again in a few months time must have the NFL administration grinning from ear to ear. The Marketing department won’t have to work hard to promote a Rams-Chiefs game long into the future.
In his media post-game, LA head coach Sean McVay described the game as “a bit of a whirlwind, that he might need a couple of beverages to get over”. That response was very typical of a man who constantly practices understatement, having just witnessed his team win one of the all-time great NFL games.
Dare we imagine these two teams meeting in Super Bowl LIII?