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The Hell Was That?

November 20, 2018 - 9:20 am

I’ve had a few hours to process what I saw last night and I can finally put my thoughts into words and my thought is this:


Did I really just see the Rams beat the Chiefs 54-51?

I did and it was insane, how insane? The Chiefs hung 51 on the Rams and still lost?!  They scored 50 plus and still lost. That is not easy to do. ?

And yes, I could go with the old classic line of nothing ever lives up to the hype, except last night. But that didn’t just live up to the hype, it smashed it. And it broke records. What records? Every record. It had about a billion lead changes and a trillion yards. 

You knew it was going to be high-scoring. There was no way that it wouldn’t be. Not with Andrew Ri-ed on one sideline and Sean McVay on the other. And if you took the under last night, what the hell is wrong with you? I’m not here to give you gambling advice, but seriously, what were you thinking? Good news is most of you didn’t, but those of you who did, have to be feeling pretty idiotic about it. I know Vegas is hurting this am; because the books got hammered for the over. 

And, no, nobody is interested in why you thought the change in venue and the field conditions were going to point to a low-scoring game.

Just like nobody is interested in your “well, actually it wasn’t a very good game” take. Keep on moving. I know it wasn’t great football, in the leather helmet three yard and a cloud of dust, sense. I know there were way too many flags and too many guys slipping on the field. And that alleged all-star ref crew was getting way more screen time than anyone would’ve liked. And I know Red Grange, Bronco Nagurski, and Ray Nitschke would be turning over in the dirt over this one. 

But not me. Hell no. And neither should anyone who was watching it. Were you not entertained? Hell yes you were. How could you not be? If you weren’t, that’s on you, not on the Chiefs and Rams. Two of the best offenses in NFL history going at it. Standing in the middle of the ring, hands down and trading haymakers. Again, the Chiefs scored 50 and loss. Patrick Mahomes threw 6 t.d. passes. And lost. Welcome to the Big 12. The arena league can’t believe how those two went up and down the field the way they did.

Sean McVay said it best: "It was a whirlwind. I feel like I might need a couple of beverages to relax tonight, but it was great. This is what you love so much about the game."

A couple of beverages? I need some elephant tranqs to calm down after last night’s game. And I was watching it from home. 

That game had everything: touchdowns, strip sacks, pick-sixes, you name it. Everything. 

Patrick Mahomes: more than 500 total yards and 6 touchdowns

Jared Goff: 413 yards and 4 touchdowns in the air, one on the ground

Three receivers with one hundred yard games, one with a two-hundred yard game

You knew all of that was going to happen. And you knew Aaron Donald was going to happen. But… did you know Samson Ebukam was going to happen?

And then happen again

Samson Ebukam, if you need him. And the Rams needed him. Who knew that Sam was going to be one of the leading scorers in last night’s game? Nobody. 

Even he couldn’t explain it: "It was electric. It's hard to describe, because I'm still like in a game mode right now. I haven't calmed down yet, so it hasn't really all sunk in yet."

I get that. I had nothing to do with that game, and I’m not sure it has even sunk in for me yet...

The Rams entered the fourth with a 40-30 lead, but it could’ve been 140-30 and it still wouldn’t have been safe. And sure enough, it wasn’t.

There was so much action in that quarter, I don’t have time to play all the highlights. So here’s a quick recap:

12:04 to go – Touchdown Kansas City

11:07 to go – Touchdown Kansas City

9:38 to go – Touchdown Los Angeles

2:47 to go – Touchdown Kansas City

1:49 to go – Touchdown Los Angeles

1:28 to go - KC throws a pick

Then forces a three and out

Then throws another pick

That quarter had more action than most games. 

Here’s the thing…. I don’t know what we actually know about both teams now that we didn’t know before or really how much you can really take away from that game. They both have incredible offenses. They have hit or miss defenses. The kind of defenses that would make Rob Deer and Adam Dunn proud – home run or strikeout. Nothing in between. 

Both defenses will get you some turnovers, they’ll even score you some points, and they’ll also get torched in the process.  

So to answer the question I started with: what the hell was that? I’m still not sure, but I know it was awesome and I know I’d love to run it back again in Atlanta.