A dozen crazy numbers from the Rams' epic 54-51 MNF win over Chiefs

A dozen crazy numbers from the Rams' epic 54-51 MNF win over Chiefs

Well, that was interesting.

Rams 54, Chiefs 51.

And we’re still sifting through the collateral damage the morning after.

Here are the early returns, by the numbers:

— The 105 combined points are the third-most in NFL history, behind the Redskins’ 72-41 win (113 points) over the Giants in 1966 and the Bengals’ 58-48 win (106 points) over the Browns in 2004. (Yes, NFL Research, there was plenty of time left at 91 points combined.)

— Sportsbooks in Nevada set the over/under at 64, the highest in an NFL game since at least 1986, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. The teams, um, went over, resulting in a “healthy seven-figure loss” for sportsbook William Hill, a spokesperson told ESPN.

— The Rams’ 54 points are the third-highest total in MNF history. The Eagles beat the Redskins, 59-28, in 2010, and the Colts beat the Broncos, 55-23, in 1988.

— Monday’s game was the first  in NFL history in which both teams scored 50 or more points. The closest call: Three seasons ago, when the Saints beat the Giants, 52-49. 

— The Chiefs have scored more than 40 points in their two losses this season: Monday’s game and a 43-40 loss to the Patriots in Week 6. In fact, KC is averaging more points in its losses (45.5) than in its wins (34.8).

— There were 14 combined touchdowns in this game. The Bills have scored 13 touchdowns all season.

— High-scoring? Yes. Neatly played? No. There were 21 penalties for 195 yards. The Chiefs were flagged 13 times for 135 yards.

— There were 1,001 total yards combined.

The breakdown

Team Plays Yards Average
Chiefs 69 546 7.9
Rams 75 455 6.1
Total 144 1,001 6.95

KC’s Tyreek Hill led all offensive players with 215 yards on 10 catches with two TDs.

Side note: The Patriots and Eagles combined for 1,151 yards in last season’s Super Bowl, the NFL record for the most yards in a game (regular season and postseason).

— Patrick Mahomes threw six touchdown passes in a game for the second time this season, joining the Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger (2014) and the Giants’ Y.A. Tittle (1962) as the only players since 1950 with multiple games with six or more touchdown passes in a single season. 

— Mahomes threw for 478 yards and a QB rating of 117.6. Jared Goff wasn’t so bad himself in the win, throwing for 413 yards and a rating of 117.1. 

— In an offensive showcase, the defenses scored three touchdowns (Rams linebacker Samson Ebukam had two of them) and forced seven turnovers, five by the Rams.

— There were four fourth-quarter lead changes, last coming on Goff’s 40-yard TD pass to Gerald Everett with 1:49 to play.