Here are three numbers that helped determine the result of the Kansas City Chiefs’ 26-10 win vs. the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday afternoon at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.
Kansas City entered the game with an almost historically efficient offense, turning a new set of downs into a first down or touchdown (a stat called “series conversion rate”) on 80% of its possessions this season.
The Chiefs were even better with that stat Sunday, though. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes orchestrated an offense that turned 29 of its 35 first downs into a first down or touchdown according to rbsdm.com — good for 83% success.
The only reason this game remained close-ish despite KC’s play-by-play dominance was a stalling out in the red zone.
The Chiefs — they ranked third in the NFL coming in with touchdowns on 72% of their red-zone drives — punched it in on just one of six opportunities Sunday for 17% efficiency.
Kansas City’s defense hadn’t been great at taking the ball away this season, but that changed during the game’s most critical moment in the fourth quarter.
The Rams trailed 20-10 with the ball following a Mahomes interception, but L’Jarius Sneed followed with an interception that gave KC the ball back inside the Los Angeles 10.
On the ensuing possession, the Chiefs added another pick, as Carlos Dunlap deflected a pass that linebacker Nick Bolton caught.
The Chiefs’ two interceptions tied the season-high they had against San Francisco. In addition, they had just four picks in their first 10 games combined before Sunday.