November 21, 2018
By: Tom Meikrantz
Just when you thought Monday Night Football was an afterthought and a shadow of it’s glory days, along comes a matchup between two 9-1 teams that lived up to it’s hype and much more. The November 19th Kansas City Chiefs versus Los Angeles Rams game might be one for the ages although at 3 hours and 42 minutes a long one at that. The Rams ended up on the winning end of a 54-51 back-and-forth affair that featured 14 touchdowns and 891 passing yards between the two teams. The 105 points are the most ever in MNF history and marks the first time two teams in the same game each scored at least 50 points.The 4th quarter saw four lead changes. Chiefs quarterback Pat Mahomes and Rams quarterback Jared Goff put on quite a show. Mahomes threw an interception in the final moments to thwart a possible game-tying field goal or maybe game winning touchdown.
I am old enough to remember when MNF on ABC gave fall Mondays a relevance for football fans and an excuse for anyone looking to party with a splash of celebrity in the booth. I don’t think we’ll ever have the unique chemistry again that Howard Cosell, Don Meredith and the Giffer brought to telecasts in the 1970’s and early 80’s.That aspect has waned over the last 20 years and NBC’s Sunday game has supplanted ESPN's MNF as the prime time gem. But this week put the spotlight back on MNF thanks to the pinball-like tempo of a game between two teams that may meet again in the Super Bowl down the road. Kept a lot of people up later than usual I’m sure.