When the National Football League announced the primetime schedules for this season, everyone had the matchup between Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Rams circled. Originally supposed to be played in Mexico City, a nightmarish debacle regarding the quality of the playing surface led to the game being relocated to the Memorial Coliseum, which probably worked out in the league’s favor.
Entering last night’s Monday Night Football game, the Chiefs held the best record in the AFC at 9-1, their only loss coming at the hands of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Meanwhile, the Rams were also 9-1, though considered to be the second best team in the NFC, due to a loss a few weeks ago at the New Orleans Saints, who currently boast a 9-1 record. It was just the fifth time since the AFL-NFL merger back in 1970 that opposing teams had one or less losses entering Week 11. Many believe Monday’s game had all the implications of a potential Super Bowl preview and it was definitely hyped up that way – and it certainly didn’t disappoint, becoming an instant classic. In the end, Los Angeles took down Kansas City 54-51 and, as you might expect from the score, the game broke several NFL records, thanks to an onslaught of offensive power by both teams.
The two teams’ combined 104 points was the third-most in league history, trailing a 72-41 Washington Redskins win over the New York Giants in 1966 (113) and a Cincinnati Bengals 58-48 win over the Cleveland Browns in 2004. It was also the first time in NFL history that both teams put up at least 50 points in the same game, with the closest before that coming in a 52-49 Saints win over the New York Giants back in 2015. As for the Rams’ 54 points? Well, that was the third most ever in a Monday night game, trailing the Philadelphia Eagles, who beat the Redskins 59-28 in 2010, and the Indianapolis Colts, who defeated the Denver Broncos 55-23 back in 1988.
A game for the ages.
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With a lot of points comes a lot of total yards – and Los Angeles and Kansas City combined for a staggering 1,001 yards of offense. The Chiefs had 546 yards, while the Rams had 455 and although it’s not the most yards ever in a NFL game – that goes to the Eagles and New England Patriots in last year’s Super Bowl (1,151) – it’s certainly among the most ever in the regular season. All of those yards resulted in the lead changing a ridiculous five times in the fourth quarter alone. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw six touchdown passes – one off the record – for the second time this season, joining just Ben Roethlisberger and Y.A. Tittle as the only players ever it twice in one year.
While some are calling it the greatest game ever played on MNF – and perhaps in the history of the regular season – the complete lack of defense from both teams has left some pining for the game of old, where defenses often dictated the game, and wondering if this new, sleek direction the game is heading towards will have the same appeal to those who grew up on a different game. We’ll let you be the judge of that.
We would like to make clear that we did not dig up the stats in the article and don’t take credit for them, as that was done by Jim Reineking of USA Today sports.