The Los Angeles Rams defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, 21-20, on Saturday night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.
The Chiefs began the game with the ball and faced three third downs on their opening drive, but key third-down receptions by Travis Kelce, Jeremy Maclin and Chris Conley allowed the offense to continue working each time. In total, quarterback Alex Smith and the offense went 75 yards over 13 plays in just over 7 minutes, and the Chiefs capped off the drive with a 2-yard touchdown rushing by running back Spencer Ware.
The Rams responded quickly on the very next drive. Despite talk that rookie Jared Goff could get the start, veteran QB Case Keenum began the game for the Rams. Keenum had a 20-yard pass to wide receiver Kenny Britt to begin the drive, and after a defensive pass interference call to follow, RB Todd Gurley rushed three straight times, finishing the drive with a 3-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7-7.
After the Chiefs went three-and-out, the Rams took the lead with their second straight touchdown drive. In 10 plays, Keenum drove the Rams offense down the field, finishing with an 11-yard touchdown reception by WR Pharoh Cooper.
The Chiefs began their next drive at their own 25-yard line. On third-and-2 from the 33-yard line, Smith found Conley down the sideline for a 37-yard gain. Three plays later, Smith hit Maclin with a 20-yard pass for the touchdown. Smith finished the night 9 of 12 for 137 yards passing and a touchdown.
After Dontari Poe recovered a fumble by Goff, kicker Cairo Santos hit a 32-yard field goal to give the Chiefs a 17-14 lead, and Santos later made a 19-yard field goal to give the Chiefs the 20-14 lead into the half.
Prior to the end of the half, Maclin and Rams cornerback Lamarcus Joyner were ejected from the game after an altercation in the end zone.
Goff was responsible for the only score of the second half, which came in the fourth quarter. Starting at the Los Angeles 33-yard line, he went 3 for 3 for 34 yards passing and was aided by a 28-yard Malcolm Brown rush during the middle of the drive to eventually get the Rams in the end zone. The game-winning play was a pass in the flat to Brown on a ball he initially bobbled but grasped hold of in time to seal the touchdown and game.
Photos from the Chiefs second preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams
While the Chiefs would have a chance late, a costly fumble by quarterback Aaron Murray in the red zone recovered by Rams defensive lineman Quinton Coples ultimately gave Los Angeles the victory.
Ware finished the game with 10 carries for 37 yards rushing. Conley led the Chiefs in yards receiving with 3 receptions for 66. Linebackers Derrick Johnson and Terrance Smith led the team with 5 tackles apiece. Safety Daniel Sorensen had 4 tackles, 1 for a loss and a sack on the game. The Chiefs drop to 0-2 on the preseason and visit the Chicago Bears this Saturday at 12:00 p.m. CT.