NFL: Rams get the better of Chiefs in high-scoring classic

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The Los Angeles Rams won a clash of two Super Bowl favourites as they beat the Kansas City Chiefs 54-52

It was the third-highest scoring NFL game of all-time

The back-and-forth battle ended with the Chiefs becoming the first team in NFL history to score 50 or more points and lose.

Rams quarterback Jared Goff threw four touchdowns including the winning score with 1 minute 49 seconds left.

It is the first time two teams have scored more than 50 points in a match.

“It was a whirlwind,” said Rams head coach Sean McVay, whose side improved to 10-1.

“Until the final few seconds, you weren’t really able to breathe.”

The match between the league’s two highest-scoring offenses was moved to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum after concerns over the pitch at Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was on the losing side despite throwing 478 yards and six touchdowns, with the lead changing hands six times.

Mahomes had two chances to overhaul the Rams after Goff’s late score, but twice threw interceptions under pressure.

The 105 total points has been topped only twice in NFL history – 106 when the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Cleveland Browns 58-48 in 2004 and 113 as the Washington Redskins won 72-41 against the New York Giants in 1966.

“It was a crazy game,” said Goff, who threw for 413 yards. “It was a lot of fun.”

The Stats

  • It was the fourth time this season a team lost when scoring 40 or more points, the most such instances in a season in the Super Bowl era.
  • Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes became the first to throw six TD passes in a Monday night game.
  • Goff threw for 413 yards and had a QB rating of 117.1, but Mahomes topped him with 478 yards and a 117.6 rating.
  • Mahomes is the first player with five passing touchdowns and five turnovers in a game since Gus Frerotte in 2000.
  • The Chiefs are averaging more points per game in losses (45.5) than in wins (34.8) this season.
  • Rams LB Samson Ebukam is the first player since sacks became official in 1982 to record a sack, interception and multiple touchdowns in a single game.
  • Rams TE Gerald Everett was an unlikely hero, scoring Los Angeles’ final two touchdowns, with all three of his catches coming in the fourth quarter. He had had only three fourth-quarter catches in his first 26 career games.
  • Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill topped all receivers with 215 yards (two TDs), becoming the first KC player with a 200-yard receiving game since Stephone Paige on Sep. 17, 1990.
  • There were 14 combined touchdowns. The Buffalo Bills have scored 13 touchdowns all season.

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