Monday Night Football had everything you could ask for. Exciting, thrilling, high scoring game and the home team won on a night where the community was front and center.
The Los Angeles Rams beat the Kansas City Chiefs 54-51 at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. It’s the third highest scoring game in NFL history. The most points ever scored on Monday Night Football. Fourteen touchdowns, 7 turnovers, a combined 105 points and a crowd filled with hundreds of first responders.
As important as the result of an NFL game is for two 9-1 teams, the real winner on Monday night was the great Los Angeles area. After dual tragedies, the Borderline Shooting in Thousand Oaks and the Hill and Woolsey Fires, Rams verse Chiefs was a chance for he NFL to give the community a moment to breath.
The Rams offered thousands of tickets to first responders, victims and their families. And throughout the game the efforts of local hero’s were never far away. The Cal Lutheran Choir sang the national anthem, after losing former member Justin Meek in the shooting. Ventura and Los Angeles area firefighters, police officers, sheriff’s deputies and others unfurled a massive American flag that covered the field from end zone-to-end zone. And the family of killed Ventura County Sheriff’s Sergeant Ron Helus lit the famous torch that sits atop the peristyle side of the Coliseum.
All of these actions put into place by a team that is part of the community. The Rams training facility is in Thousand Oaks. Players and team staff live, work and were evacuated from the fire zones.
After two weeks of hell for local communities the Rams offered a chance for people to pause, have fun and honor those who have lost so much. #LATogether.