Rams Outduel ChiefsNovember 20, 2018
By Darian Vaziri
Monday night brought us the highest scoring Monday Night Football game of all time,
with the (9-1) Los Angeles Rams defeating the (9-1) Kansas City Chiefs 54-51 in dramatic
fashion. It was the loudest I have ever heard the Coliseum on TV during a Rams game, and it
looks like the fan base is finally starting to build. The more people get behind this incredible
team, the better they will be, and the more football will grow in Los Angeles.
As for the game, Jared Goff got the Rams off to an exciting start with two touchdown
passes that put them up 13-0. From that point forward, the Chiefs started to get into their game
with Mahomes and Tyreek Hill putting on a show. Not to mention the great players that are
Kareem Hunt and Travis Kelce.
It was all tied up at 23 heading into what would be a second half for the ages. The best
defensive player in the NFL, (yes I said it) had his second sack fumble of the game. Aaron
Donald is an absolute beast that can not be contained. That being said, the Rams defense has
been underwhelming this year. We knew the linebackers were average at best, but the
secondary has gotten burned a bit this year. Part of that is the injury to Aqib Talib that has kept
him out since week 3. Marcus Peters has not had the best of seasons as a result, but Talib
should be back come playoff time.
The Rams proceeded to take a 40-30 lead after a field goal from Greg Zuerlein and a
pick 6 from Linebacker Samson Ebukam who had two touchdowns!! The Chiefs responded
immediately with an absolute bomb from Patrick Mahomes down the field to Tyreek Hill. It
proceeded to get worse for the Rams when Jared Goff fumbled at their own 5 yard line, which
resulted in a touchdown for the Chiefs to put them up 44-40. Jared Goff responded yet again
with a big time drive, ending in a Gerald Everett Touchdown to give the Rams the 47-44 lead.
With the absence of Cooper Kupp for the rest of the season, Josh Reynolds has shown that he
is a solid option alongside Cooks and Woods that can make some athletics catches for the
Rams moving forward.
But Mahomes was not done yet, leading his team down the field for a go-ahead
Touchdown to Chris Conley to give the Chiefs a 51-47 lead. At this point everyone was in awe of
the game we were witnessing. We also knew there was more to the drama. Jared Goff once
again comes up huge with a fantastic leading pass to the right hand side to Gerald Everett, who
incredibly kept his balance top-toeing down the sideline to score the winning Touchdown. The
final play was an interception by Lamarcus Joyner to seal the classic victory for the Rams. What
a night for both teams, and hopefully for the neutral this ends up being the Super Bowl.
I know I want it to be, as a Rams fan. Each team still sits on top of their conference with the
Rams at 10-1, and the Chiefs at 9-2. Each team knows their biggest challenger. The two
experienced quarterbacks that have Super Bowls to show for it. Tom Brady and the Pats in the
AFC, and Drew Brees and the Saints in the NFC. Should be awesome to see how it plays out.