Rams Host Chiefs Tonight In First Monday Night Football Game At Coliseum Since 1985
Posted Monday, November 19, 2018 - 9:56 am
The Los Angeles Rams will face the Kansas City Chiefs in a matchup of the teams with the NFL’s best records and second- and third-highest-scoring offenses Monday evening at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The game had been scheduled for Mexico City but shifted to the Coliseum Tuesday after NFL officials ruled the field at Estadio Azteca did “not meet NFL standards for playability and consistency.”
The game had always been considered a Rams home game. In each of their first three seasons during their second stint in Southern California, the Rams have been designated as the home team in a game scheduled for outside the U.S., costing them a game in the Coliseum.
This will be the first “Monday Night Football” game at the Coliseum since Oct. 28, 1985, when the Los Angeles Raiders defeated the San Diego Chargers, 34-21.
The NFL did not schedule night regular-season games for the Coliseum during the Raiders final nine seasons playing there because of fear of crime.
The last time the Rams played a “Monday Night Football” game at the Coliseum was Nov. 19, 1979, when they defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 20-14.
The Rams played nine Monday night games at Anaheim Stadium, their home from 1980-94 before moving to St. Louis.
The Rams played a Saturday night playoff game against Atlanta at the Coliseum on Jan. 6 and a “Thursday Night Football” game there on Sept. 27.
Both teams are 9-1. This is the fifth meeting between teams with one or fewer losses in Week 11 or later since 1970 and the first since Nov. 17, 2013 when the 9-0 Chiefs faced the 8-1 Denver Broncos.
The Rams are off to their best start since 1969 when they won their first 11 games. Kansas City is off to its best start since 2013 when it was 9- 1.
The Chiefs are averaging 35.3 points per game and the Rams 33.5, second and third behind the New Orleans Saints, who are averaging 37.8.
Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes led the league in passing yards entering this week’s play with 3,150, while Rams quarterback Jared Goff was second with 3,134.
The Rams announced on Tuesday they would be “providing thousands of complimentary tickets to first responders who are bravely protecting the greater Los Angeles community, as well as people who have been impacted by the our community’s recent tragedies.”
Limited parking will be available for $50 (cash only) on a first-come, first-served basis at the Downey, Grand and Royal structures on the USC campus.
Fans are encouraged to take Metro or ride-share.
Tickets for the game will be mobile only. Fans should download the latest version of the Rams app and save their tickets to Apple Wallet or Android Passbook before arrival at the stadium.
Gates 1 and 28 will open at 2 p.m. for fans wishing to visit the Corona Beach House or Rams Party Zone spaces located on the Peristyle end of the stadium that feature concessions and shade open to all ticketholders. Those areas will feature food and drink specials from 2-4 p.m., with beers starting at $5.
The remaining gates will open at 3 p.m. for the 5:15 p.m. game. Fans are encouraged to enter the Coliseum no later than 4:30 p.m. for efficient entry.
The electronic dance music duo The Chainsmokers will perform at halftime, including being joined by country pop singer Kelsea Ballerini in a performance of their song “This Feeling.”
The game is a homecoming for Chiefs coach Andy Reid, an alumnus of John Marshall High School and Glendale College.
Reid took to the Coliseum field on Dec. 13, 1971, to participate in the Punt, Pass and Kick contest, wearing a Rams uniform with No. 34, throwing a pass shown at halftime of ABC’s “Monday Night Football” game between the Rams and Washington.