Chiefs vs Rams on Monday Night Football
By Cameron Buford, Whatsgoodinsports.com
With all that has gone on here in the Southland, this Monday Night Football game between the Chiefs vs Rams was reassigned the Los Angeles Coliseum came as a reward to the families and the first responders of the tragic events which have impacted so many here in Southern California. The first responders of the shootings Borderline Bar and Grille and raging Wosley fires that has impacted so many. The Rams made it a point to recognize those supporting groups or our communities
Oddly enough, this was the first Rams Monday Night Football game to be hosted at the Coliseum since, November 19, 1979. The Rams made it a point to honor several victim’s families, volunteers, community members and first responders of the unfortunate shootings and raging fires that have recently affected the Southern California community.
These tributes carried on through the evening, though they started out with members of Cal Lutheran Choir will perform the National Anthem; Family of Fallen Ventura County Sheriff Sergeant to Light the Torch and the coin toss will feature Mayors of the Greater Los Angeles Region.
Karen and Jordan Helus, wife and son of fallen Ventura County Sheriff Sergeant Ron Helus, will light the Coliseum Torch prior to kickoff. Helus was among the first law enforcement officers to arrive at the Borderline Bar & Grill on the night of November 7. This courageous San Fernando native’s actions saved many lives that night facilitated the safe escape of several people. He will be remembered as someone who served his community with unwavering honor.
Cal Lutheran alumnus and former choir member Justin Meek, one of the 12 victims of the Borderline Bar & Grill shootings. Therefore, members of the Cal Lutheran University Choir will sing the National Anthem, joined on-field by 200 first responders from the greater Los Angeles region.
The Rams will salute two heroes during Monday’s game. During the first quarter, the Rams will recognize Ventura County Fire Department (VCFD) Captain & Army Reserves Staff Sergeant Ken Roberts. During the third quarter, Firefighter Michael Williams of Ventura County Fire Station 36 in Oak Park will be honored. Dylan and Derek Adler, the sons of Sean Adler, who lost his life in the shooting at Borderline, will serve as the Rams honorary water boys of the game.
During the game players and coaches from both the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs wore hats honoring a variety of Los Angeles area fire and law enforcement agencies. The hats recognize the following agencies: California Highway Patrol, LAFD, LAPD, LA County Fire Department, Ventura County Fire Department, and Ventura County Sheriff.
These New Era produced hats will have the agency’s logo on the front of the cap, with either team’s logo on the side. The hats will be auctioned off on NFLAuction.com postgame with 100% of the proceeds going to the Conejo Valley Victims Fund and American Red Cross Southern California Wildfire Relief. In addition, game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off on NFL Auction with proceeds going to the relief efforts.
Both high powered offenses came into this game with a 9-1 record and it wasn’t farfetched to understand the scorekeeper was going to be busy. It is very likely that we could see these same teams meet in Atlanta in February to decide the Championship of the NFL. Along with the players to execute their plan, Kansas City Head Coach and Andy Reid had their offenses primed for a big-time performance.
The Rams scored the first 2 Touchdowns, the Chiefs used a forced fumble to get them the lead in the second quarter, then Aaron Donald responded with a strip fumble of his own. The game was tied going into halftime with both quarterbacks boasting a QB rating of 123.5 out of 153.0. Mahomes had thrown for 3 touchdowns and Goff has thrown for 2 touchdowns to that point.
Another Aaron Donald strip fumble and an interception that was run back for a touchdown gave the Rams a 10-point lead at the 3rd quarter closed. The Chiefs fought back to take the lead before ultimately throwing an interception to Marcus Peters. That ended a valiant comeback in one of the most exciting games many fans and players have been a part of.
In this football game, we saw these two teams combined to score 14 touchdowns and 105 total points, which were the highest points to be scored on MNF and the third highest point total in any NFL game. The Chiefs and the Rams also combined for over 1000 total yards in this game. The Chiefs were the first to score 50 points in a loss and Patrick Mahomes’ 6 touchdown passes were the most thrown for on Monday Night. Another thing that made this game so exciting, regardless of who you were rooting for, was that there were 4 lead changes in the 4th quarter.
I asked Patrick Mahomes what he learned in tonight’s game, “Yeah, I mean it’s the same as when we played New England. I mean it’s just – you can’t make mistakes against great teams and when you play these games you know, these are the games you’re going to play hopefully in the playoffs and so you want to make sure that you limit your mistakes and that still at the same time be aggressive and still score points.”
Chiefs Linebacker Justin Houston said when asked about they showed their fans tonight, “I think we showed a lot of heart. We took several punches. Everybody’s got a game plan until you get hit in the mouth. We got hit in the mouth several times, but for us to keep fighting as a whole, I think that shows what type of team we are and how much heart we have.”
Rams Wide Receiver Robert Woods said when asked about executing on that game-winning drive, “Just driving the ball. We knew it was going to be similar to this. Just try to come out and execute and move the ball. I think we did that continuously. I think it came down to just being a ballplayer. I think Jared saw that look. Saw that it was double coverage inside and one-on-one with Gerald Everett outside, gave him a beautiful ball, and a playmaker toe tapping the sideline and finished the game.”
This was a fantastic game to be at, watch and enjoy. We saw big plays on offense and defense, we saw lead changes along with record-breaking performances. At 10-1 I expect the rams to get even better after this win and I believe the same for the Chiefs. Please let me know your thoughts on the amazing football game and what was most impressive to you about the game, by commenting in the comment section of this article on www.whatsgoodinsports.com or @whatsgoodinsports.