LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Rams thrilling 54-51 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football was named the No. 1 sports moment of 2018 during the 14th annual LA Sports Awards, held March 25, 2019, at The Beverly Hilton.
A game that was unexpectedly moved to the Coliseum due to poor field conditions at the planned Mexico City venue turned into an emotional civic rallying point and a historic match-up between the Rams and the Chiefs, both 9-1.
The teams saluted first responders and victims of the recent Borderline shooting in Thousand Oaks and the devastating Woolsey Fire with special caps and ceremonies, and then the two teams became the first to both score more than 50 points in an NFL game.
Played on November 19, Rams quarterback Jared Goff passed for 413 yards and four touchdowns and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for six touchdowns, but also three interceptions, which proved decisive for the Rams.
In other award presentations, Philip Rivers of the Chargers and Aaron Donald of the Rams were honored as 2018 Co-Sportsman of the Year and Olympic snowboarding gold medalist Chloe Kim was selected Sportswoman of the Year. Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn was the Coach of the Year award recipient and LAFC President Tom Penn was named the top Sports Executive.
The LA Sports Awards are produced annually by the Los Angeles Sports Council to celebrate the year in sports in the Los Angeles/Orange County area and to recognize the outstanding achievements of the athletes and coaches we all cheer for.
During the festivities, the overall Top 10 moments — determined by combining the results of online fan balloting with the selections by a 10-person Media Panel — were revealed in ranked order:
1. Rams 54, Chiefs 51 in Historic Monday Night Football Game
2. Max Muncy’s 18th Inning Home Run Lifts Dodgers to Victory in Longest-Ever World Series Game
3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Stellar Debut Season with Galaxy of MLS
4. NBA Superstar LeBron James Signs with the Lakers
5. Shohei Ohtani of the Angels Named AL Rookie of the Year
6. Chargers Finish Tied for AFC’s Best Record, Earn Playoff Berth
7. LAFC’s Remarkable First Season in MLS as Team Opens New Stadium and Reaches Playoffs
8. Vladimir Guerrero Inducted to Baseball Hall of Fame as an Angel
9. Chloe Kim Wins Olympic Gold in Halfpipe at Pyeongchang
10. Mike Scioscia Retires as Angels Manager After 19 Seasons
Note: As defined by the L.A. Sports Council’s Media Panel, a “great moment” can be a specific instant in time (a winning goal, hit or shot), an individual or team milestone, an upset victory, a remarkable game or series of games, a special event or a career achievement. Nominated moments must have taken place in the local area or have involved a local athlete or team.