Los Angeles – Patrick Mahomes reached out to take the duo, faked the knob to half-half Kareem Hunt and slumped deep in his pocket, his eyes staring westward across the grass field that served as his personal landscape. With 1:28 remaining in a surreal game, which put the emotional energy from 77,002 fans at college Los Angeles and millions of Monday night football spectators, the Kansas City Conservatory. The second year of the second year was looking for an opening – and then, in a flash, he noticed: a wide receiver Chris Connelly cuts through Rams' truck, running left to right 20 meters from the finish zone with two steps on his shield and only green in front of him.
So Mahomes is finally ready to do what he, just 12 starts into his career, is doing as impressive as any passing on land – unork an accurate and powerful spiral towards a moving target. One of the most Olympic games in the history of the league was a name for the game, and nothing was certain that he had caught it. On the night he and his counterpart, Rams' Arm of Rams, painted the sky of southern California at precise passages, this would be his masterpiece.
"I thought he would come closer," Mahomas later said as he stood outside the crowded dressing room of the Coliseum, waiting to approach a group of journalists in the interview tent following Maimonides 54-51 (No typing error; You read it right) Triumph. "He sat down and found an opening, and I would get him there, but I have a blow – and it went straight to Marcus."
When Mahomes stepped into his shot, Rams dynasty Shimshon Ebukam capped incredible performance by skating in K. Travis Kells, and leaped onto the quarterback's body, dragging his left arm over Mahhums's discarded shoulder as he released the ball. It became the fly fly to pop, and as fate was it, the ball turned towards the waiting arms of Marcus Peters, the former main corner who traded Rams last February struggling to return his all-pro form.
"All I thought was, 'Do not omit this mother!' Peters said shortly before leaving the stadium." It felt good. It felt True Good. You must take the good with evil – all this – and when you get it "W", it pays off. But man, this game was wild. It was a little —. I mean, it was a little bit s —!& # 39;
What he said.
If this two-night Markey match between two teams with high octane offenses and 9-1 records only lived up to billing, it would have been a great night in the professional sports world. Frankly, it was way, much better than advertised.
Originally planned to take place in Mexico City, the game was transferred to L.A. After the NFL officials considered the Azteca grass stadium to be unplayable. Thus there was a noisy Colosseum audience treated for three hours and 42 minutes of head rotation emocion, With 105 total points (third-most league games), 1,001 combined meters and six lead changes, including four in the fourth quarter.
And surprisingly, despite an offensive orgy that broke records – and produced the first NFL score, where each team had at least 50 points – there were many defensive game games that were used to test and balance against these seemingly unstoppable offenses.
"It was a crazy and crazy game," said Hummum, who completed 33 out of 46 transfers to 478 meters and six points of contact, but was also responsible for five turnovers. "All this offense, and both defenses made huge huge momentum shows, I gave them 21 points – and you can not do it against such a great team, or you pay."
This is especially true when the opposing quarterback, Gaff, is positive gold – as was the case again on Monday. Now in his third NFL season, former Cal star No. 1 overall draft choose to have quietly become one of the best passers in the league, and he was Money against the chips, completes 31 out of 49 throws 413 yards and four touchdowns – including an excellent game winner, 40-yards, over-shoulder beauty to a strong edge. Raleigh Everett on the right side with 1:49 remaining sides.
Prior to Monday's game, it was estimated that the two leading MVP contenders, so far, were quarterback Saints Drew Brees and Mahomes, who was pushing his leading league to go through a total of 37 by the end of the night. Maybe it's time to add Gaff's name to the list and turn it into a race for three men, especially if Hermes (10-1) will continue to tear through two opposing players.
But let's not make a mistake: this victory over the Beatles demanded some large plays by Peters and his fellow defenders: mainly Evock, who had a breakout game, and was running against the defense of Aaron Donald, who seemed to have every weekend.
After jumping to a 13-0 lead, Rolls trailed 17-16 at the end of the first half when Donald blasted into a pocket and broke the Mahomes. Ebukam, in the fourth round to choose from East Washington in 2017, picked up the ball and galloped 11 feet for a touch.
Each player was far from finished: On the first drive of the chip in the second half, Donald did it again, again dismissed the chick and rescued the ball, with his friend John Franklin-Myers recovering from the line of 46 courtyards of the Czech Republic Chips. Donald, who pushed his leading league to 14.5, is running away with the NFL's second consecutive player award of the year – and if another challenger was trying to grab the trophy, Donald would probably drop him off.
Eight plays after Donald's second palm-breaker, Gaff felt pressure in his pocket and surprised everyone by taking off in the middle of the deserted field and running seven meters high, giving Remas a 30-30 lead.
Then, with Rams up 33-30 late in the third quarter, Mahomes pass short for a strong end Demetrius Harris was kidnapped from the air by Ebukam and returned 25 yards for a touch.
"Hey, they all did their jobs today-that's all about it," Donald said as he climbed down the tunnel and left the stadium. "It's team soccer, it's huge, because that's what you need against such an explosive attack, and such a quarterback is a football player."
Donald, who at the end of August signed a six-year contract of $ 135 million, made him the highest defense player in the history of the league (soon to be paid by the Chicago Bears, Killer Walker) The stereotype of the domestic lexicons receives massive payment days and then, in a relative sense, creepy.
"No shivers," said Donald, laughing.
Said one of the people who intended to block him, the right chips to deal with Mitchell Schwartz: "You know he's usually going to get one or two big plays, you try to limit the tracks and cycles. He's the highest paid guy in his positon of all – It's time, and rightly so – and he's the rare guy who gets money Free. It is difficult. It 's my brother' s detachable.
So was Khams, who enjoyed great games of defense in the Czech Republic. The first came with a 6:50 remaining in the second quarter, when defending the end of Alan Bailey and Potter Gaff, forced an exploratory and recovered him. Mahomes and Hunt are connected for the 21-yard pitch on the next play, putting the heads 17-17.
Then, with 11:16 left in the game, K.C. Aston Houston beat the body on line 2 and opened the ball, and Bayley snatched it from Houston's back and drove into the finish zone, giving Nice a 44-40 lead.
Two bodies of Gaff el Everett pass later, with a score of Mahesum-Connelly, between the stage, and the stage was set for a Kansas City comeback. Peter's anguish pushed him, but not permanently: "The beautiful" forced three-three, and gave one opportunity to others, like K. Took control of itself 12 with one timeout and the remaining 50 seconds.
The tension finally ended when Mahomes, out of his 26, threw beyond despair at the fast-paced Tyrik Hill (10 catches, 215 meters, two touchdowns) chosen by Marcus Joyner safety.
"We had to close the game after Interact Marcus – I was sick," said Gaff. "We put our defense in bad shape, and they did plays, just like they have all day."
For what it's worth, you can count a limb among the growing Legion of Mahomes fans.
"He's amazing," said Gaff. "He's the toughest guy in the NFL to defend now, including Drew (Berris)."
He will not get any argument from Peters, who got a glimpse of Mahum's potential last year while playing against him. Mahomes, who backed Alex Smith, usually quarterback the Scouts team before the start of the final game of the regular season, when the chips have been caught in the playoff berth.
Do Peters know how well the young quarterback was a year ago?
"F — yes," said Peters. "It's crazy, he used to throw crazy passages without looking, he's going to be special, Brett Faber, Aaron Rogers, Peyton (Manning) – say that, he'll get there … right along with Richard Gaff. "
On a night full of great performances, first-rate praise did not look like a hyperbol. It was a special football game that left the two teams draining as they walked for two weeks – emphasizing the idea that the only way for opponents to fight such explosive charges was to try to keep pace, hoping that the onslaught would not get worse.
"I'm really tired," Schwartz said as he prepared to get on the bus. "I know this game was supposed to be played in Mexico, and I'm pretty glad it was not 9,000 feet, because I'm not sure I could go through it."
A few seconds later Gaff left the dressing room and stopped to greet Schwartz, his friend to Cal. They talked for a few minutes and presented a picture, and the two actors did not bother to keep in touch.
"I'm tired," said Gaff.
So was Uma watching football.
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