Rams Outlast Chiefs In Monday Night Football Classic

Jared Goff led the Rams to a wild and crazy 54-51 win over Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
November 20, 2018 - 8:14 am

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In the craziest game in Monday Night Football history, The Rams outlasted the Chiefs, 54-51, to improve to 10-1 on the season. The Rams have now beaten Minnesota, Green Bay, Seattle (twice) and Kansas City, with their only loss coming on the road against New Orleans.

“What an amazing stretch. To only have one loss in there is certainly not what I predicted at the start of the season,” Orange County Register Rams Reporter Rich Hammond said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I predicted the Chiefs would win this game. I really thought the Chiefs would jump out on the Rams like they’ve done to pretty much every other team this year and then just kind of make it hard for them to come back.”

Instead, the opposite happened.

“The Rams came out and played really well, got up 13-0 on the Chiefs – and they’re not used to that,” Hammond said. “That’s not what the Chiefs are accustomed to, and really, I thought that made a difference in the end. Even though the game was so back-and-forth, the Rams led for much of it, and even when they trailed, it was never by more than three or four points. I thought that was very key. I thought that showed a lot of poise for them to come out and have the start that they did. I think that’s one area of growth that you see.”

Patrick Mahomes led the Chiefs back from a double-digit deficit on multiple occasions. He finished 33-of-46 for 478 yards, six touchdowns, three interceptions and two fumbles. Jared Goff, meanwhile, finished 31-of-49 for 413 yards, four touchdowns, zero interceptions and two fumbles of his own.

But when it mattered most – when the Rams trailed 51-47 in the final two minutes – Goff found tight end Gerald Everett for a 40-yard touchdown strike to win the game.

“This has been a pretty remarkable two-year journey as far as Jared is concerned,” Hammond said. “In 2016, it was, ‘Oh, is he going to be a bust?’ Last year it was, ‘Now he can play, but he can’t really lead a fourth-quarter comeback.’ But look at what he just did. The ability to come back when it looked like they were on the ropes a couple times there, he showed a lot of poise and just threw great balls. He wasn’t perfect, but you can’t argue with anything that you got from Jared Goff tonight.”

Both the Rams and Chiefs (9-2) have a bye in Week 12. The Rams play the Lions (4-6) in Detroit on Dec. 2, while the Chiefs play the Raiders (2-8) in Oakland.