The Rams headed out to Kansas City to take on one of the hottest teams in the NFL in the Chiefs, as Bryce Perkins got his first career start for a struggling L.A. team. For the fifth consecutive week, the Rams lost, dropping their record to 3-8.
Final score: Chiefs 26. Rams 10
Los Angeles started the game on defense, and they got off to a solid start by only allowing one first down in their first series before forcing a K.C. punt. Before the punt, coach Sean McVay took a huge shot to the jaw as a player was running on the field, perfectly encapsulating the Rams season thus far.
Scary moment here with #Rams HC Sean McVay. This hurts just watching. pic.twitter.com/gfSO7XXhu2— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) November 27, 2022
The Rams proceeded to then go three-and-out, then punted it back to the Chiefs in which their returner muffed the punt and the Rams recovered. However, the L.A. offense could not capitalize on the extra opportunity, failing to get a first down yet again.
Then, the Kansas City offense would get going, putting together a solid drive before Patrick Mahomes connected with, you guessed it, Travis Kelce to give the Chiefs an early 7-0 lead.
L.A. would respond with a pretty impressive drive themselves, stacking first downs before stalling out in Chiefs territory. Matt Gay would connect on a 47-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter, making the score 7-3 Chiefs lead.
Kansas City would proceed to march downfield with relative ease, before the defense held strong inside the redzone to force the Chiefs to settle for a field goal, making the score 10-3 Chiefs with 9:50 left in the first half.
The Rams would line up in punt formation on 4th and 5 close to midfield, then proceed to run a fake punt to convert in a pass from punter Riley Dixon to Jacob Harris to keep their drive alive.
Punter Riley Dixon with the absolute dart!— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) November 27, 2022
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However, L.A. could not do anything with it, as they ended up having to punt just three plays later.
K.C. would get into the redzone once again and, once again, the Rams defense would force them to settle for another field goal, making the score 13-3 Chiefs lead with :16 left in the first half. The Rams would kneel out the quarter, taking their ten point deficit into the locker room at the break,
The Rams lack of offense would continue after halftime. as they would start the half with yet another three-and-out, as the passing game seemed to be simply nonexistent.
On the ensuing Chiefs drive, they would methodically march down the field once again, except they would cash in with a touchdown this time around, increasing their lead to 20-3 with 6:32 left in the third quarter.
Then, Los Angeles would put together a magnificent drive, ending in the first career touchdown pass for Bryce Perkins as he connected with Van Jefferson to make the score 20-10 with 14:56 left in the game.
First NFL TD for @TDN_Perk!— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) November 27, 2022
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The Kansas City offense would get all the way inside the redzone yet again, except the Rams defense came up huge with an interception in the endzone by Nick Scott to give the team some real life in the fourth quarter.
PICK SCOTT!— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) November 27, 2022
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However, Perkins would give the ball right back to the Chiefs, throwing an interception with just over eight minutes left in the game to put the Chiefs right back into the redzone. But, the defense would continue to shine close to the endzone, as they held K.C. to another field goal to make the score 23-10 Chiefs lead with 6:36 left in the contest.
Then, the dagger came, as a deflected pass was intercepted by the Chiefs to mark Bryce Perkins’ second interception of the game, ending any comeback hopes for the Rams.
The defense would proceed to hold the Chiefs to another field goal, making the score 26-10 with under two minutes left.