The Kansas City Chiefs fell just short in one of the most exciting regular-season games ever played, at least in terms of the final score, on Monday night against the Los Angeles Rams.
Here are nine interesting notes about the game.
1. It was the third-highest scoring game ever played
With 105 combined points between the two teams, Monday’s thrilling bout was the third-highest scoring game of all-time. Only the Giants and Redskins in 1966 (113 points) and the Browns and Bengals in 2004 (106 points) featured more scoring.
And, for what it’s worth, neither of those games were particularly close, as both contests were decided by double-digit points. Monday’s game, meanwhile, came down to the final seconds and represented the first matchup in NFL history in which both teams scored at least 50 points.
Additionally, as Sports Radio 810’s Nate Bukaty pointed out, the game was already the highest-scoring matchup in Monday Night Football history midway through the fourth quarter.
Altogether, the two squads combined for 14 total touchdowns and 1,001 yards of offense.
Prior to Monday night, the highest-scoring game in Chiefs’ history was a 99-point affair on Nov. 27, 1983 in an overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The Chiefs’ narrow loss to Los Angeles now holds that record.
2. Both teams joined an exclusive club in terms of scoring
Kansas City and Los Angeles each scored at least 30 points for the ninth time in 11 games this season, becoming just the fourth and fifth teams in NFL history to accomplish such a feat and joining some impressive company in the process.
The only other teams to record that many 30-point efforts through 11 games were the 2000 St. Louis Rams, otherwise known as “The Greatest Show on Turf,” the 2007 New England Patriots, whose only loss on the year came in the Super Bowl, and the 2013 Denver Broncos, which was statically the most prolific offense of all-time.
It’s quite a list, and the Chiefs and Rams are each now a part of it.
*3. After all of that scoring, the Rams managed to tally the final points of the game *
Rams’ quarterback Jared Goff found tight end Gerald Everett on a 40-yard touchdown with just under two minutes remaining to give Los Angeles the lead and, ultimately, the victory. It was Goff’s fourth game-winning drive this season and the first of his career that ended in a touchdown.
The score was Everett’s second of the night, marking the first multi-touchdown effort of his brief career.
4. Despite the loss, Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes had a huge night
Mahomes completed 33-of-46 passes for a career-high 478 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions on the evening, tallying the second-most passing yards in a single game in franchise history. Only Elvis Grbac threw for more, picking up 504 yards through the air on Nov. 5, 2000 against the Raiders.
The performance was Mahomes’ ninth of the season with at least 300 yards through the air, breaking the franchise record for 300-yard games in a single season set by Trent Green in 2004, and with 3,628 passing yards now on the year, Mahomes has thrown for the most passing yards through Week 11 in NFL history.
Furthermore, the game was Mahomes’ second this season with at least six touchdown passes – matching his own franchise record for scoring strikes in a game – as the 23-year-old became just the third player in NFL history to notch multiple six-touchdown performances in a single season.
Additionally, it marked Mahomes’ sixth game with at least four touchdown passes on the year, which is tied for the second-most in a single season in NFL history with Peyton Manning (2004) and Dan Marino (1984). Manning holds the top mark with nine in 2013.
Mahomes 37 touchdown passes this season are the second-most through Week 11 in NFL history, trailing only Tom Brady’s 38 in 2007.
5. Mahomes found wide receiver Tyreek Hill for a pair of those touchdowns on Monday night
Hill hauled 10 catches – matching a career-high – with touchdowns of 25 and 73 yards in the contest - the latter representing Hill’s 15th score of at least 50 yards since entering the league in 2016. The fleet-footed Hill owns the most such touchdowns since 2013 and is just the third player in NFL history to amass 15 or more scores of 50-plus yards before turning 25, joining Randy Moss (15) and Gale Sayers (16).
The two touchdowns pushed Hill’s season-total to 11, which is tied with Antonio Brown for the most in the NFL, while his 215 receiving yards on Monday were the second-most in a single game in franchise history to only Stephone Paige’s 309 against San Diego on Dec. 22, 1985.
Hill is now over 1,000 yards receiving on the year, becoming just the sixth player in Chiefs’ history to tally consecutive 1,000-yard campaigns.
6. Hill was one of two 100-yard receivers on the night, joining tight end Travis Kelce
Kelce caught a season-high 10 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown on Monday, putting together his most productive statistical game of the year.
The All-Pro tight end is now just one score shy of matching his total from all of 2017 and 86 yards away from 1,000 on the year, which would make the six-year veteran just the second tight end in NFL history to post three-straight 1,000-yard seasons.
The efforts of Kelce and Hill amounted to a third game this season in which multiple Chiefs’ players tallied triple-digit yards through the air. Prior to this season, Kansas City hadn’t accomplished that feat since 2006.
And while he didn’t cross the century mark on the night, it’s worth noting that wide receiver Chris Conley recorded the first multi-touchdown game of his career on Monday. Conley caught a career-high seven passes for 74 yards in the contest.
7. Defensive end Allen Bailey scored the first touchdown of his career
Bailey wrapped his arms around a Jared Goff fumble early in the fourth quarter and barreled into the end zone to complete Kansas City’s second double-digit comeback of the game. It was the first score of the eight-year veteran’s career.
The fumble was courtesy of linebacker Justin Houston, who passed Art Still on Monday for the fourth-most sacks in franchise history with 73.5. Defensive end Chris Jones also got after Goff in the game, tallying two sacks on the night and matching linebacker Dee Ford for the team-lead with 9.0 on the season.
Jones now has a sack in seven-straight games, which is the second-longest streak in franchise history.
8. Rams’ linebacker Samson Ebukam put together quite a performance
While Bailey, Houston and Jones all filled up the box score for Kansas City, the Rams’ Samson Ebukam and Aaron Donald also put together impressive games for Los Angeles. Donald recorded two sacks and a pair of forced fumbles on the night, one of which was picked up by Ebukam and brought back for the first touchdown of his career.
Ebukam was then back in the end zone later in the contest, picking off Mahomes and running it back 25 yards for the score. The second-year linebacker is just the 11th player since the AFL-NFL merger to return a fumble and an interception each for touchdowns in the same game.
9. Offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz reached a personal milestone
The epitome of an ironman, Schwartz notched the 7,000th consecutive snap of his career on Monday, extending what was already the longest-active streak in the NFL. Schwartz has never missed a snap in his 109-game career.