The no-call in the Saints-Rams’ game, New England heads to the Super Bowl with an overtime win, and Alshon Jeffery costs the Eagles a shot at another title. These were all great games in the postseason, yet none of them make our list of best games during the 2018 NFL campaign. Honorable mention goes to the Cleveland Browns’ unforgettable victory over the New York Jets.
5. KC loses to the ‘other’ L.A.
Keep your eyes up here! Yes, there may be another unforgettable Kansas City versus Los Angeles duel included later on. This game took place in week 15, as the Chargers invaded Arrowhead to take on the Chiefs. In the final Thursday Night Football game of the season, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs charged out to an early 14-0 lead. From there, it became the Mike Williams Show as the wideout scored three TDs. And in the dying seconds, L.A. once again turned to Williams to convert a two-point conversion. It worked, and the Chargers took home the win, 29-28. In this case, the NFL truly saved its best Thursday primetime game for last!
4. Student vs. Teacher
Get ready for more Mahomes… this time in the first few weeks of the season. It was week 6, to be exact. Long before the two teams would meet with an AFC Championship on the line, the Chiefs visited the Patriots for an absolute classic. Mahomes and Tom Brady combined for 692 passing yards, five scores, and 83, yes, 83 points! Amazingly, the Pats led 27-26 heading into the fourth quarter. The two teams piled on a whopping 30 more points in the final quarter. Brady and the Pats killed the clock as they marched down the field to fire home a game-winning field goal. Mahomes would not get a chance to answer – sound like any other Pats-Chiefs’ games you recall?
3. Miami Miracle
This was supposed to be the game that doomed the Patriots. Remember the importance of earning the top overall seed in the conference? One play separated New England from that spot. But, of course, the Patriots won the Super Bowl, so the game’s long-term effect fizzled. With that being said, the final few seconds will forever live in the NFL history books. The Miami Dolphins came to the line of scrimmage with 69 yards between them and another loss to the Patriots. Then, the unthinkable happened. Ryan Tannehill’s pass went from Kenny Stills to DeVante Parker to Kenyan Drake. Drake did the rest, out-racing every defender, including, oddly enough, Rob Gronkowski. The Dolphins trademarked the Miami Miracle with a 34-33 win.
2. Rodger(s) That
Aaron Rodgers went down and all hope was lost for Packers fans. That is, until he came back in the second half. In the season’s first Sunday Night Football game, the Chicago Bears showed off their dominant defense, storming out to a 20-0 lead. Khalil Mack scored on a pick-six and the Bears were waltzing to victory. All Rodgers did after he returned from injury was toss for 273 yards and three TDs, all while engineering a game-winning drive. The Packers would go on to win 24-23. But, sadly, this was the only vintage Rodgers moment we got all season.
1. Monday Night Frenzy
Of course it’s the Rams-Chiefs’ Monday Night Football matchup that tops all other games! What didn’t happen in this contest? 891 passing yards, 10 TDs through the air, 35 points in the 4th quarter, and 105 points overall. Experts immediately labeled this the greatest regular season game in NFL history. Mahomes and Jared Goff went toe-to-toe, with the Rams getting the last laugh as Gerald Everett scored a game-sealing TD. What was lost in this offensive onslaught was the fact that Rams LB Samson Ebukam actually scored two TDs! Raise your hand if you remember that. With the 54-51 win, the Rams moved to a 10-1 record, while the Chiefs dropped to a 9-2 mark. Oh, by the way, Travis Kelce recorded 127 yards on the night. That was only 88 yards less than the Chiefs’ leading receiver, Tyreek Hill.