The Los Angeles Rams defense made the difference in the Rams 54-51 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football.
L.A.’s defensive effort generated two defensive touchdowns, and 21 points off turnovers, and was highlighted by two strip-sacks by defensive tackle Aaron Donald.
The Rams and Chiefs combined for 105 points and 1,001 yards on Monday night. It was the highest combined point total in Rams history.
Here are seven stats (in addition to that one^) that stood out in Week 11 against the Chiefs:
1. GOFF SETS RAMS RECORD
Quarterback Jared Goff set a new franchise record for most passing yards through the first 11 games of the season.
Goff finished his night 31-of-49 with 413 yards, four touchdowns passing, one touchdown rushing, and no interceptions.
Goff has 3,547 passing yards in 2018.
2. GURLEY ECLIPSES 1,000
Running back Todd Gurley reached 1,000 yards rushing on the season with his 55-yard effort on Monday night against the Chiefs.
Despite passing the 1,000-yard mark on the season, Gurley failed to find the end zone for the first time in 14 games — snapping a streak of 13-straight regular season games with at least one touchdown.
Gurley now has rushed for at least 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons for the first time in his four-year career.
3. JOSH & GERALD
Second-year receiver Josh Reynolds helped the cause in his first game starting with wideout Cooper Kupp on injured reserve with a torn ACL and out for the season.
Reynolds scored his third touchdown of 2018 and added 80 yards receiving against the Chiefs, which is a career high.
Second-year tight end Gerald Everett also got in on Monday night’s point-scoring affair against the Chiefs. Everett caught three passes for 49 yards — two of those receptions were for a touchdown.
Everett scored the Rams’ go-ahead touchdown with 1:46 remaining in the game, on a 40-yard shot from Goff down the right sideline.
4. POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
The Rams turned takeaways into points three times against Mahomes and the Chiefs — totalling 21 points scored by the defense.
The Rams entered the game with 168 points off takeaways since the start of the 2017 season, which leads the NFL.
5. EBUKAM AND GET IT
Second-year linebacker Samson Ebukam scored two defensive touchdowns against K.C.
Ebukam scooped and scored Donald's first strip-sack late in the first half and then picked off Mahomes in the second half, before plowing the second-year quarterback into the end zone for six.
Ebukam’s final stat line reads: three tackles, 1.0 sacks, two quarterback hits, one interception, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.
6. McVAY VS. THE AFC
With the win, head coach Sean McVay remains undefeated against the AFC while leading the Rams. Monday’s win also means the Rams have swept the AFC West in 2018.
The win marks back-to-back seasons with 10 wins for the franchise for the first time since the 2000 and 2001 seasons. Los Angeles went 11-5 a season ago.
7. A.D. STRIP-SACKS
Defensive tackle Aaron Donald strip-sacked Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes twice on Monday Night Football.
Donald now has three forced fumbles this season and 14.5 sacks — which is the most by a defensive tackle since 1992.
The Rams have now forced 10 fumbles in 2018 and 100 fumbles since 2012 — which trails only the Panthers (103) and Patriots (101).