The Rams beat the Chiefs, 54-51, in what turned out to be arguably the best NFL game ever played. The 105 points scored between the two teams was the third-highest output in the history of the NFL. The Rams moved to 10-1 on the season while the Chiefs fall to 9-2, but both control their own destinies as they cruise toward a first-round bye in the playoffs.
It was a barnburner from start to finish, and no one from the players to the coaches to the fans was able to take a breath during the game.
Here are the best moments from the explosive Monday Night Football matchup.
1. Tyreek Hill hit the burners for an early touchdown
How do you guard this? Hill is a nightmare in man coverage — very few players can match his speed over the top ... or anywhere else on the field.
This got the Chiefs on the board in the first quarter after 13 straight points by the Rams. Hill ended the game with a career-high 215 receiving yards on 10 catches. He scored two touchdowns.
2. Yes, Aaron Donald turned into a superhero. Again.
Right at the two-minute warning, the Chiefs were reminded about the otherworldly talent that is known as Aaron Donald.
Aaron Donald will wreck you pic.twitter.com/ZJgOJ1neHN— Ben Baldwin (@benbbaldwin) November 20, 2018
Donald whipped around Cam Erving and got his first strip sack of the game. Samsom Ebukam picked up the fumble recovery and returned it 11 yards for a touchdown to put the Rams in front, 23-17.
3. Donald got another strip sack! He’s pretty good
Donald got his second strip sack of the game on the Chiefs’ first possession of the second half. Donald destroyed Chiefs offensive lineman Cam Erving and knocked the ball out of Patrick Mahomes’ hands.
You can’t stop Aaron Donald. You can only hope to contain him (which the Chiefs are bad at) pic.twitter.com/xotrWOtGvT— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) November 20, 2018
The fumble was recovered by John Franklin-Myers and the Rams roared down the field on offense, finishing the drive with a seven-yard Jared Goff touchdown run.
Donald now leads the NFL with a career-high 14.5 sacks.
4. Josh Reynolds scored his third touchdown of the season on a catch in the corner of the end zone
Josh Reynolds got the nod as the Rams’ third receiver with Cooper Kupp out for the season and chipped in early with great one-handed catch in the back of the end zone. This gave the Rams a 13-0 lead early in the game.
5. Andy Reid yelled at Jared Goff on the sideline
It’s unclear exactly what was said, but Andy Reid yelled at Rams quarterback on the sideline while Reid was discussing a challenge with the referees.
Andy Reid had ANGRY DAD WORDS for Jared Goff pic.twitter.com/Z34sbvcWxm— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) November 20, 2018
6. Samson Ebukam scored two defensive touchdowns
Samson Ebukam got his first touchdown on Donald’s first strip sack of the game and scored his second touchdown on a pick-six.
Ebukam bowled over Mahomes at the goal line and ended up putting the Rams in front, 40-30.
7. Patrick Mahomes found a wide-open Hill with the flick of a wrist
Mahomes might have one of the strongest arms to ever play the game and he showed it off on a 73-yard touchdown pass to Hill to start off the fourth quarter.
The Chiefs desperately needed that touchdown to cut the score from 40-30 to 40-37. Hill was flagged for taunting when he flashed the peace sign, giving the Rams 15 extra yards on their next drive. But it didn’t matter — the Chiefs were able to go ahead with a ridiculous play from Allen Bailey.
8. Justin Houston and Allen Bailey teamed up to give the Chiefs the lead
The Chiefs defense got a score when they had the Rams pinned close to their own end zone. Justin Houston beat Andrew Whitworth around the edge for a strip sack and Allen Bailey caught the ball in midair before trotting into the end zone for a touchdown.
9. Robert Woods dove to bring in a 36-yard pass
This deep pass from Goff was a little short, but Woods rallied back to the ball to put the Rams in the red zone.
JARED GOFF TO ROBERT WOODS pic.twitter.com/Q8hIW2eCmq— NYSportsCast (@NYSportCast) November 20, 2018
The play set up a short touchdown pass from Goff to Gerald Everett to put the Rams back on top.
10. Mahomes found Chris Conley to get the Chiefs past FIFTY points
A questionable penalty on the Rams set up the Chiefs with a fresh set of downs in the red zone, and it didn’t take Mahomes long to capitalize with his sixth touchdown pass of the night.
The Chiefs regained the lead with less than three minutes to go.
11. Goff answered with a touchdown throw to Gerald Everett with under two minutes left
You didn’t think the Chiefs’ four-point lead was safe, right? Goff found Everett down the right sideline to take the lead back — the fourth lead change of the fourth quarter.
But did they leave the Chiefs too much time?
12. Mahomes answered by driving the Chiefs near midfield ... and then throwing a pick
Ebukam came up big again, forcing Mahomes to throw a wobbler downfield that turned a potential game-winning drive into a Rams possession.
And the man ending the Chiefs’ budding drive? Who else but Marcus Peters?
You can’t even script an ending like that. Peters, who had a rocky start to his NFL career with the Chiefs, was traded to the Rams this offseason. Let’s be charitable and say he’s been an enigma this season. The fourth-year corner hasn’t looked like his former All-Pro self, most notably when he gave up 211 yards to Michael Thomas in the Rams’ Week 9 loss to the Saints.
Then in one of the biggest moments of the game, Peters came up with just his second pick all season.
13. With possession, the lead, and 1:18 to play, the Rams ... threw the ball twice.
Sean McVay didn’t take his foot off the gas, dialing up short passes on first and second down in an effort to seal the game. But while a completion on first down forced Andy Reid to burn his first timeout of the half, a second-down breakup meant the Rams were going to get the ball back late in the fourth quarter with a timeout to burn on a potential game-winning drive.
Fortunately, Johnny Hekker would bail his team out with a 68-yard punt that pinned Tyreek Hill two yards deep in his own end zone before a 14-yard return.
14. But one last Mahomes interception sealed this one
The Chiefs’ desperation drive started at their own 12-yard line with 50 seconds left on the clock. It effectively ended when LaMarcus Joyner picked off a deep ball intended for Hill at the Los Angeles 28. Mahomes’ final line says he had five turnovers, but somehow it feels like he simultaneously had more and fewer in a Herculean effort.