Chiefs-Rams instant classic does huge ratings for 'Monday Night Football'

The only surprise from the television ratings of the Kansas City Chiefs-Los Angeles Rams thriller was that they weren’t even higher.

Still, ESPN will gladly take its highest-rated “Monday Night Football” telecast since 2014.

According to ESPN spokeman Bill Hofheimer, the Chiefs-Rams overnight rating of 11.3 is the highest overnight rating for “MNF” since 2014. The rating peaked on the final drive at 12.5. The Rams won 54-51.

All of the people who tuned in — aside from “What about defense?” curmudgeons that could complain about anything — got to enjoy perhaps the greatest regular-season game in NFL history.

Chiefs-Rams was a huge ratings increase from Week 11 last season

While comparing ratings for similar time slots the previous year is flawed, ESPN was happy with that outcome too.

The rating for Monday night was 57 percent better than the Monday night game in Week 11 last season. That game was actually an entertaining Falcons win over the Seahawks that went down to the last minute.

It’s rare for a game with as much buildup as Chiefs-Rams to live up to the hype, but it did.

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, center, fumbles the ball as he is sacked by Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald, lower right, next to Chiefs offensive guard Cameron Erving (75) during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. Rams outside linebacker Samson Ebukam (not shown) recovered the fumble and scored a touchdown on the play. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)
Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) scores a touchdown ahead of Los Angeles Rams free safety Lamarcus Joyner (20) as Chiefs offensive guard Cameron Erving (75) looks on during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Josh Reynolds (83) catches a touchdown pass over Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Orlando Scandrick, lower right, during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee (89) catches a pass in front of Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Eric Murray, left, during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods makes a catch against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks (12) is tripped up by Kansas City Chiefs free safety Ron Parker, left, during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston, left, strips the ball away from Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. Chiefs defensive end Allen Bailey recovered the ball and scored a touchdown. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)
Lamarcus Joyner, free safety de los Rams de Los Ángeles, intercepta un pase en el último minuto del encuentro ante los Chiefs de Kansas City, el lunes 19 de noviembre de 2018 (AP Foto/Kelvin Kuo)
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‘Monday Night Football’ delivered an all-time classic

The Chiefs and Rams combined for 105 points and 1,001 yards. It was the highest scoring game in “Monday Night Football” history and the first time in an NFL game that both teams scored 50 points. The sixth and final lead change came on Jared Goff’s game-winning 40-yard touchdown pass to Gerald Everett with less than two minutes remaining.

It was a game that had a little bit of everything, and we’ll remember it for years. If you weren’t one of the many millions who tuned in, you missed quite a show.

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Frank Schwabis a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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