Lamar Jackson had never managed to get the win over the Kansas City Chiefs. You may note the past tense of that sentence because last night in yet another exciting primetime game, the Ravens quarterback came back from a first quarter nightmare to lead his team to the narrowest of victories.
Despite throwing two interceptions in the first quarter, Jackson passed for 239 yards and a touchdown, as well as rushing for 107 yards and two touchdowns to play a key role in the Ravens come from behind win.
However, the Ravens owed their victory to a rookie linebacker in his first season in the NFL who made a clutch play at the end of the game to give them the opportunity to run out the clock.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 20, 2021
First Quarter Nightmare
After last week’s late capitulation against the Raiders, the Ravens needed to start quickly against the Chiefs.
Instead, on their very first drive, Jackson threw an interception to Chiefs safety Tyron Mathieu who returned the ball into the Ravens end zone for the opening score of the game.
The Ravens had a slice of luck on their second drive. They moved the ball down the field well against the Chiefs but from the Kansas City ten yards, Ty’Son Williams fumbled the ball at the Chiefs one yard line, only for Devin Duvernay to recover the ball for the Ravens and take the ball into the endzone to tie the game.
The Chiefs regained the lead on their next possession, Patrick Mahomes hitting Demarcus Robinson for a 33-yard touchdown and then Tyron Mathieu once again proved to be Jackson’s nemesis as he intercepted a deep pass intended for Marquise Brown.
Ravens Edge Second Quarter
The second quarter saw both teams punt on their opening possessions before the Ravens tied the game up, only for the Chiefs to answer immediately with a touchdown of their own to make it 21-14 in their favor.
A Justin Tucker 43-yard field goal just before the end of the first half cut the deficit to 21-17, but despite dominating the time of possession, the Ravens still went in trailing at the interval.
The start of the third quarter saw three touchdowns in the first three possessions of the second half, two for the Chiefs and one for the Ravens, which made the score 35-24 to the Chiefs and it seems that Mahomes’ team would start to pull away with the game, especially when the Ravens had to punt on their next possession.
However, the momentum of the game shifted on the next possession when Mahomes pass to Travis Kelce was intercepted by Tavon Young and then from the resulting Ravens possession, Lamar Jackson drove the ball down the field and ran in a 2-yard touchdown to cut the scoreline to 35-30.
That turnover by the Chiefs was followed by a punt in their first possession in the fourth quarter, which led to Lamar Jackson driving the Ravens 63-yards to claim another rushing touchdown to put the Ravens ahead by one point.
Three Minutes On The Clock…
Having missed another two-point conversion, the Ravens knew that Mahomes still had three minutes on the clock to drive the Chiefs down field to kick a field goal or score a touchdown to win the game.
However, after four plays, which used up just under two-minutes of that time, there was the key moment in the game.
Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire was tackled for a loss by Baltimore’s rookie linebacker Odafe Oweh and in doing so, fumbled the ball. Oweh was quick to pounce on the loose ball regaining possession for the Ravens.
Baltimore just needed a first down to clinch the game and rather than give the Chiefs the ball back on fourth-and-one, they went with a quarterback sneak to gain the yard they needed to be able to run out the game and clinch a memorable win.
John Harbaugh’s faith in Lamar before the Ravens’ huge fourth down conversion 💯
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 20, 2021
Both Teams 1-1 In Tight AFC
The result leaves the Chiefs and Ravens, like many teams in the AFC, on a 1-1 record after two games, in fact only two teams, the Denver Broncos and the Las Vegas Raiders have started the season with a 2-0 record in the AFC.
In Week Three the Chiefs face the Chargers in an all-AFC West clash, while the Ravens have what looks like a winnable game against the Lions in Detroit.
Join us later in the week when we preview the NFL games this weekend, as well as for our updated Week Three NFL Power Rankings.