It lived up to the hype.
The Kansas City Chiefs-Los Angeles Rams thrilling, back-and-forth, big-play bombardment on national television was everything the NFL dreamed of: points, huge plays, numerous lead changes, defensive scores, big-time players making big-time plays, young quarterback's leading areal raids.
Not since LeBron James' rookie NBA season did a sports moment entering with such gigantic media hype exceed the outsized expectations. It was labeled as the game of the season; it will be darn near impossible to top.
With help from the NFL Research department, let's run down a list of superlatives, records, and down-right mind-boggling stats from Monday night's enthusiastically draining affair.
»The teams combined for the third-most points (105) in a game in NFL history.
»The teams combined for 14 total touchdowns, T-2nd most in a game in NFL history. (The Buffalo Bills have scored 13 TDs all season.)
»Todd Gurley became the third Rams running back since 1950 to rush for 1,000-plus yards through the first 11 games of a season. Gurley joins HOF Eric Dickerson (1986, 1984, 1983) and Steven Jackson (2009). Gurley's streak of 13 straight games with a TD was snapped in Week 11 vs KC -- T-4th longest such streak since 1950.
»Josh Reynolds, replacing Cooper Kupp: 8 targets, 6 receptions, 80 receiving yards, 1 rec TD -- third receiving TD this season. Career-high in targets, receptions, and receiving yards.
»Samson Ebukam: 3 tackles, 1.0 sack, 2 QB hits, 1 INT return TD, 1 fumble returned for TD. Ebukam is the first player with a sack, interception and multiple touchdowns in a single game since sacks became official in 1982.
»The Chiefs are the second team since at least 1940 to score 40-plus in multiple losses in a season (Join 1966 Giants). K.C. is averaging 45.5 points in its two losses this season.
»Mahomes had his sixth game of 4-plus pass TD this season (T-2nd most in a season since 1950; Peyton Manning, 9).
»Mahomes is the fifth QB since 1950 to throw six pass TD in a losing effort: Eli Manning (Week 8, 2015), Carson Palmer (Week 2, 2007), Dan Marino (Week 3, 1986), Charley Johnson (Week 7, 1969).