DAWGS IN NFL
ATHENS — Did you happen to catch Monday Night Football last night? If you didn’t, you missed one of the NFL’s most exciting offensive games of all time. And with the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs involved, there were several Georgia Bulldogs in the middle of it.
The clash of two Super Bowl favorites ended with Todd Gurley’s Rams edging Chris Conley’s Chiefs 54-51. L.A. quarterback Jared Goff threw four touchdowns — including the winning score with 1:49 to play in what was the third-highest scoring NFL game of all time. It is the first time two teams have scored more than 50 points in a game.
Interestingly, Gurley, the NFL’s leading rusher and scorer, did not score in the game wasn’t as big a part of the offensive explosion as one would expect, especially in the first half.
Gurley was asked afterward why he didn’t play more.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I mean, Malcolm (Brown) got in. We rotate and, obviously, we got some points on the board. Me and Malcolm were just rotating.”
As usual, though, Gurley made a difference. The former Bulldog had 12 carries for 55 yards and caught three passes for 39 yards for the Rams. The rushing yards put Gurley over 1,000 for the season (1,043), and he continues to lead the league in rushing attempts (210), rushing touchdowns (13), total touchdowns (17), scoring (108) and rushing yards per game (94.8).
The 105 total points has been topped only twice in NFL history – 106 when the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Cleveland Browns 58-48 in 2004 and 113 as the Washington Redskins won 72-41 against the New York Giants in 1966.
Two other Bulldogs played big roles in the game for the Chiefs. Justin Houston, a defensive end, had four tackles, a sack, and forced a fumble. Houston is tied for seventh in the NFL with three forced fumbles. Wide receiver Chris Conley caught seven passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns for Kansas City.
Linebacker Ramik Wilson also played for the Rams but did not record any stats
Here’s how Georgia alums did in other NFL games in Week 11:
Giants 38, Buccaneers 35
- Alec Ogletree: Ogletree returned an interception 15 yards for a touchdown and posted
nine tackles for New York.
- Lorenzo Carter: Carter had a tackle for the Giants. Among NFL rookies, Carter is tied
for 13th with two sacks.
- John Jenkins: Jenkins was inactive for New York.
Lions 20, Panthers 19
- Matthew Stafford: Stafford went 23-of-37 for 220 yards and a touchdown for Detroit.
Stafford is 13th in the NFL with 2,605 passing yards and is tied for 15th with 17 touchdown
- Thomas Davis: Davis recorded six tackles for the Panthers.
Bears 25, Vikings 20
- Roquan Smith: Smith posted seven tackles for Chicago. Among NFL rookies, Smith
stands tied for sixth with 70 tackles and is tied for seventh with three sacks.
- Leonard Floyd: Floyd had five tackles, including two for loss, for the Bears.
- Javon Wims: Wims was not active for the Bears.
Colts 38, Titans 10
- Corey Moore: Moore had a tackle for the Colts.
- Ben Jones: Jones started at center for the Titans, who had 263 total yards.
Saints 48, Eagles 7
- Benjamin Watson: Watson entered as a reserve for the Saints and did not record any
Steelers 20, Jaguars 16
- Abry Jones: Jones notched a tackle for Jacksonville.
Ravens 24, Bengals 21
- Shawn Williams: Williams returned an interception 22 yards and led Cincinnati with 11
tackles. Williams is tied for second in the NFL with four interceptions, is 10th with 73 interception
return yards, and is tied for 14th with 10 passes defended.
- Geno Atkins: Atkins had two tackles, including for loss, and a quarterback hit for the
- Clint Boling and Cordy Glenn: Boling and Glenn started at left guard and tackle,
respectively, as the Bengals rolled up 255 total yards.
- A.J. Green: Green was inactive for Cincinnati due to a foot injury. Green is 12th in the
NFL with six receiving touchdowns.
- David Andrews (Patriots)
- Orson Charles (Browns)
- Nick Chubb (Browns)
- Jordan Jenkins (Jets)
- Reshad Jones (Dolphins)
- Isaiah McKenzie (Bills)
- Sony Michel (Patriots)
- John Atkins (Lions)
- Davin Bellamy (Texans)
- Reggie Davis (Cowboys)
- Garrison Smith (Dolphins)
- Maurice Smith (Dolphins)
- Tyler Catalina (Redskins)
- Isaiah Wynn (Patriots)