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Patrick Mahomes and Jared Goff starred as the LA Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs played out record breaking game on Monday night. In this picture, Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams hugs Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs after a game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Nov. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Rams defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 54-51. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs came into Monday night’s game with the best record – 9-1 – in the AFC West and NFC West respectively with only the New Orleans Saints holding a similar record in the NFL.

It was hyped up as a potential trailer to the 2019 Super Bowl with both teams among the favorites to make it to the crown jewel of matches in the NFL. And it did not disappoint as the two teams played out one of the best football games in recent memory with the Rams coming out on top 54-51.

The Los Angeles franchise became the first team with 10 wins, but had to fight for it as the outcome was unpredictable until the final minute. The lead changed six times during the game, but four of those came in the final quarter.

The Rams and Chiefs scored a combined 105 points and combined for a total of 1001 offensive yards. The latter also became the first team in NFL history to lose a game after scoring over 50 points, as until now teams to score 50+ points were 216-0.

It was a night when all the eyes were on the two quarterbacks, Jared Goff and Patrick Mahomes II of the Rams and Chiefs respectively and the duo did not disappoint. The former went for 31 of 49 for a total of 413 yards which included four touchdown passes and one rush touchdown.

Mahomes had an equally impressive night despite ending up on the losing side as the MVP candidate threw 33 of 46 passes for 478 yards which included six touchdown passes. Goff was ably assisted by defensive tackles Aaron Donald and Samson Ebukam with the former making two incredible strip-sacks of Mahomes, which ended with the latter making a touchdown on one occasion.

There was instant respect towards each other from Goff and Mahomes after the game, which is also the first in NFL history where both teams have scored over 50 points. Despite playing one of the games of the season — many of the LA players’ thoughts were with the victims and families of those affected by the recent fire in California.

The team were quick to pay their respects with wide receiver Brandin Cooks quick to dedicate the win to all affected by the fire, stating: “I wanna give a shout out to LA and all the fire victims – this one is for you!”

Goff was delighted to come away with the win and described it as a “fun game.” He also believes the two defensive turnovers they had in the end was the turning point as it looked like whoever had the ball in the final minute to win the game.

“It was back and forth all game. There were times when we thought we had the momentum and could put the knife in them and finish it and at times it was the other way around,” Goff said during his post-match press conference.

The Rams and the Chiefs are among the favorites to make the Super Bowl, but either way Monday night’s game is likely to be spoken about for a long time with many hailing it as one of the greatest games ever.