Shoutout to the flock ya held it down 🤞🏾 Stadium was jumping— Tavon Young (@TY_Real1) September 20, 2021
Ravens vs. Chiefs score, takeaways: Lamar Jackson ends losing skid vs. Mahomes in wild shootout victory
The Ravens needed a late fumble recovery to hold off the Chiefs
The Baltimore Ravens overcame a slow start and ended the night with their first victory over Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, evening their record at 1-1 thanks to a thrilling 36-35 comeback victory in front of the home crowd at M&T Bank Stadium.
Lamar Jackson was picked off both on the opening drive of the game and later in the first half -- each time by Tyrann Mathieu -- but he battled back, tossing a touchdown pass and running for two others, and also picked up a game-sealing first down with less than a minute to go in the game. Jackson's heroics put the Ravens in position to win the game, but it was rookie edge rusher Odafe Oweh who made what might have been the biggest play of the night, forcing a Clyde Edwards-Helaire fumble with the Chiefs in field-goal range and the clock winding down.
Here are some takeaways from Sunday night's prime-time clash:
Why the Ravens won
You have to start with Jackson. Early on, he looked as if he might be the reason the Ravens would lose, throwing a pair of picks to Mathieu -- one of which came against triple coverage near the end zone. But as the night wore on, he got better, and his legs were in peak form during crunch time, leading Baltimore's rushing attack and sealing the victory with both the go-ahead score and clinching fourth-down conversion. He was clearly motivated to prove himself here, and it showed. Coach John Harbaugh also deserves plenty of props for putting the ball in Lamar's hands with the game on the line, choosing to trust his playmaker rather than give Mahomes and Andy Reid spare time for a comeback. Push from the O-line helped, as did some nice gains from all three pieces of the team's makeshift running back rotation, as well as steady separation from Marquise Brown. The defense was arguably just as impressive, even on a night in which it allowed 35 points. For a while, the unit held Mahomes and Co. to shorter stuff, and then, despite injuries on the back end, stood tall with late-game pass deflections and a pick -- Mahomes' first-ever in September.
Why the Chiefs lost
Aside from Mathieu, who stayed around the ball, their defense was a step behind for much of the contest. That's often true of teams who play Jackson, but even knowing Baltimore would be run-heavy, they couldn't contain Ty'Son Williams, Latavius Murray or even Devonta Freeman. If they got any significant push up front, it wasn't evident. Offensively, Mahomes was Mahomes, and the Chiefs were obviously in the mix until the end, but No. 15 got a little too silly with some of his acrobatic efforts, throwing a late pick and nearly tossing another rather than living for another down. Edwards-Helaire, meanwhile, coughed up the ball at probably the worst time late in the fourth.
The Chiefs moved easily into Ravens territory for the final two minutes of action, threatening to run out the clock on their way to a game-winning field goal. In possession with 1:25 to go, from Baltimore's 32, they instead fell victim to Ravens rookie Oweh, who beat Orlando Brown Jr. to force the Edwards-Helaire fumble, then recover the ball himself. From there, the Ravens went on to run the clock out themselves.
Play of the game
This game was chock-full of big plays (it's Lamar and Mahomes!), but let's give Travis Kelce some respect for sprinting and bouncing his way through the entire Ravens defense, before Baltimore came back to win it:
TRAVIS KELCE ARE YOU FOR REAL?— NFL (@NFL) September 20, 2021
📺: #KCvsBAL on NBC
📱: https://t.co/SsXyNx0bwQ pic.twitter.com/LyX27ajHwF
The Ravens (1-1) will hit the road in Week 3, when they visit the Lions (0-1), who close out Week 2 on Monday against the Packers. The Chiefs (1-1), meanwhile, will return home for a divisional showdown with the Chargers (1-1), who are fresh off a close defeat at the hands of the Cowboys.
In L We Truzz 🤞🏿🖤🐐 @Lj_era8— Hollywood Brown (@Primetime_jet) September 20, 2021
September 20, 2021
ODAFE OWEH DROY📍— 🦈 (@Patrickqueen_) September 20, 2021
☑️ Primetime W. @Primetime_jet has a message for the #RavensFlock pic.twitter.com/dm0hn13zkD— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 20, 2021
.@marlon_humphrey says the fans should get the game ball 💜 pic.twitter.com/G3XlfXGbCg— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 20, 2021
"This dude is ready to go" 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/ApnCHri85Z— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 20, 2021
"Harbs always says, 'Don't peak too early.' I'm not gonna lie, pregame, he was peaking hard." @marlon_humphrey 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/jSg65lGk31— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 20, 2021
"Don't flinch." @marlon_humphrey pic.twitter.com/5YEvPFedkF— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 20, 2021
"I think it will be a really good confidence booster for us." @marlon_humphrey pic.twitter.com/ZimADHXbMP— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 20, 2021
Wasn’t perfect but it was good enough S/o to the #Ravensflock tonight y’all showed up huge…! I love y’all 💜— Marlon Humphrey (@marlon_humphrey) September 20, 2021
"Gave me Cleveland vibes." @Primetime_jet pic.twitter.com/kkauMsQlWh— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 20, 2021
"I love primetime games." @Primetime_jet pic.twitter.com/Pn7yHFaTZH— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 20, 2021
"I give credit to God, I didn't think I was going to play this week." @Primetime_jet pic.twitter.com/H3kBHEjtlw— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 20, 2021
Big Dubbzzzzz 😈— Tylan Wallace (@OfficialTylan2) September 20, 2021
"Our defense held their own." pic.twitter.com/EeNQk02JTd— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 20, 2021
"I said 'hell yeah', like Seattle two years ago." pic.twitter.com/JCsYYPDPc4— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 20, 2021
"It's just one game." pic.twitter.com/HCjQiZ6ILa— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 20, 2021
Yessss!! Monsters played on @SNFonNBC and a massive win. Got the news at 40,000 feet as we cruise over to London. What a game!!! Go @Ravens https://t.co/FjLMRna9f4— Alex Gaskarth (@AlexGaskarth) September 20, 2021
BEST FANS IN THE WORLD. @Lj_era8 | #RavensFlock pic.twitter.com/pzwH0DTNrk— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 20, 2021
YESSSSSSSSSSSIR! The bank was ROCKING!!! let’s keep this thing rolling.. #ontoDetroit— Pat Ricard (@PRic508) September 20, 2021
Coach Harbaugh on Ronnie Stanley: pic.twitter.com/pntnewt4A2— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 20, 2021
"We were going for it." pic.twitter.com/5FGorgywv2— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 20, 2021
"I'm speechless." pic.twitter.com/J6GhecQzam— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 20, 2021
"Hell yeah Coach, let's go for it."— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 20, 2021
Back in action Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS! pic.twitter.com/TSv2TrQ4YL
This moment between @Lj_era8 and Coach Harbaugh. 🥺🥺 pic.twitter.com/D6WWZSqeh9— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 20, 2021
Final. pic.twitter.com/vsDUkrKDVb— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) September 20, 2021
That'll do it. What a comeback for the Ravens. They'll beat the Chiefs, 35-34. That's their first win against Kansas City during the Lamar Jackson era.
Don't count us out. pic.twitter.com/XFgbw6iCIc— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 20, 2021
Fourth-and-1.5-ish coming up right here. Probably best for the Ravens to put the game in Lamar's hands and try to win it with the offense instead of punting back to Mahomes.