I think you can say that this was the best game of the regular season in history. The score, obviously, is on another level. THE. and Kansas City came in with a 9-1 record, which in itself is a rare matchup of such dominant teams. Both had most of their stars healthy and active, although the Chiefs could very well remember their two absences so far this season and wonder if they would have won with a healthy Eric Berry because of the way Rob Gronkowski once attacked to Josh Shaw in Week 6 and now the Rams tested Daniel Sorensen in his last two touchdowns on Monday night.
What makes this game stand out is how dramatic it was. This is the only game on the list that had four exchanges on the scoreboard during the fourth period, and that included a return of the Chiefs when they lost by 10. In most cases, when a fourth quarter had multiple changes in the score , usually included a team scoring at the end of the game without leaving their opponent a significant chance to win. The Chiefs lost 54-51 with 1:49 to play and actually had two real chances to stay with the victory, but Patrick Mahomes was intercepted a couple of times.
The numbers are almost comical. Mahomes threw for 478 yards and six touchdowns, becoming the second quarterback in league history to add two games of six touchdowns in a single season. Jared Goff racked up 413 yards and four touchdowns. Between 1990 and 2009, there was only one regular season game in which both marshals exceeded 400 yards. The teams combined for 14 touchdowns, one more than the Bills over 10 games in the year and also matched the ones the Colts got throughout the 1991 season. The defenses were overcome and in spite of that they also added three visits to the team. the diagonals. The commitment also had predicted the highest number of points in history (63.5) and exceeded it by 41.5.
To say that it is the game of the year is obvious, but looking beyond, it seems extremely reasonable to point out that we have just witnessed the best regular season game, or at least the most exciting one, in the history of the NFL.
We knew heading into Monday night that the Chiefs and Rams would put on a dazzling display. But we had no idea they’d submit one of the most explosive offensive outings in NFL history. On Monday night, the Chiefs and Rams made history with one of the highest-scoring games ever. The Rams eventually hung on for an epic 54-51 win.
There’s a ton of data to sort through. One statistic can’t entirely encapsulate the experience of watching the Chiefs and Rams exchange blows for more than three hours. But in an attempt to make sense of the magic we just witnessed, let’s run through the masterpiece one statistic at a time.
Total points. On Monday night, 105 points were scored, which makes it the third-highest scoring game in NFL history. The record? 113, which was set way back in 1966 by the Giants and Redskins. Second place belongs to the 2004 game between the Bengals and Browns, which resulted in 106 total points.
Two 50-burgers. It’s the first time in NFL history two teams have scored at least 50 points in the same game, which means it’s also the first time in NFL history a team has lost a game despite scoring 50-plus points.
Defenses get in on the action
Of those 105 points, the defenses scored three total touchdowns. Rams outside linebacker Samson Ebukam scored twice while Chiefs defensive end Allen Bailey scored a touchdown of his own. The defenses generated seven turnovers — with the Rams responsible for five of those takeaways.
There were how many yards?
The Chiefs racked up 546 yards on 69 plays (7.9 average). The Rams checked in with 455 yards on 75 plays (6.1 average). That brings the grand total to 1,001 yards on 144 total plays (6.95 average). The Patriots and Eagles combined for 1,151 yards in last season’s Super Bowl, which still stands as the NFL record for the most yards in a game.
It was peak offensive football, but it was also sloppy football at times. The two teams combined for 21 penalties, which resulted in 195 penalty yards. The Chiefs were the main culprits, getting flagged 13 times for 135 yards.
Two incredible QB performances
Jared Goff and Patrick Mahomes combined to throw for 891 yards and 10 touchdowns. If you factor in their contributions on the ground, they combined for 925 yards and 11 touchdowns. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Mahomes’ six touchdown passes are the most in “Monday Night Football” history.