At Los Angeles
8:20 p.m. ET
Key Coaching Decision #1: (LAR ball, leading 47-44 / fourth-and-inches, LAR 25 / 6:44 Q4)
• The Rams had yet another opportunity to take a two-possession lead in this up-and-down contest. Despite being deep in his own territory, Rams head coach Sean McVay thought about going for it, but decided to punt. It was one of the few times this season that we have seen McVay flinch in his decision-making. The Chiefs ultimately took the next possession in for a touchdown and a 51-47 lead. We believe McVay made the correct decision there, but it was interesting to see him pause.
Key Coaching Decision #2: (LAR ball, leading 54-51 / fourth-and-11, LAR 34 / 1:04 Q4)
• The Rams punted with just over a minute to play. Chiefs return ace Tyreek Hill chose not to let the punt go into the end zone for what would have been a touchback. Instead, he he fielded it two yards into the end zone and didn’t get past the 12-yard line. Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub is one of the best in the league, and we wonder what kind of instructions he gave Hill there. Even though Hill is the game’s most dangerous punt returner, he cost the Chiefs 13 extra yards not to mention a few precious seconds off the clock.
• Rams head coach Sean McVay is the best coach in the league at using tempo out of the huddle as a weapon. The Rams frequently sprint to the line of scrimmage and immediately snap the ball. McVay does a wonderful job of keeping defenses off-tempo and confused at the line.
• Despite the entertaining nature of the game, it was also very sloppy. It was a penalty-filled contest — and even more penalties could and should have been called. For example, Rams cornerback Marcus Peters ripping off his helmet on the field of play. If either team is going to win the Super Bowl, they will have to play a much cleaner game.
• There were parts of this game in which each head coach was determined to show the country which team was the most entertaining, as opposed to which team would make the most prudent decisions. There was some reckless decision-making throughout, and we feel that the emotions of the game got to both head coaches and perhaps clouded judgment at times.