The Los Angeles Rams’ unbelievable 54-51 win over the Kansas City Chiefs should be the new No. 1 on the list of the greatest regular season games in the history of the National Football League.
Sports fans from across the nation had this matchup circled for weeks, and somehow it surpassed the hype. It was the first time both teams in an NFL game scored 50 points. There were 1,001 yards. Both quarterbacks were dealing. There were big plays from each offense, and huge defensive plays as well. Superstars on both sides. Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald’s dominance. Patrick Mahomes throwing six touchdowns. Jared Goff throwing for four scores and running for another. A big fourth-down gamble by the Chiefs that paid off and led to a go-ahead score late in the fourth quarter. Then Goff hit Gerald Everett for 40 yards and his own go-ahead touchdown with 1:49 left.
Former Chief Marcus Peters picked off Mahomes and the game seemed over, but the Rams stayed aggressive and barely took any time off the clock. After a great 68-yard punt by Johnny Hekker (everyone was making plays), Mahomes fired a deep desperation pass and Lamarcus Joyner picked it off with 13 seconds left. It was too bad the game had to end.
The Rams came back to win, but who won and lost didn’t matter. It was a magnificent, incredible performance by two 9-1 teams, the best show the NFL can offer. Years from now, people will still be referencing “Rams 54, Chiefs 51” when we talk about the great NFL games of all time.
Gerald Everett scored the winning touchdown, a 40-yard catch in the Rams’ 54-51 victory against the Chiefs. (AP)