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Kansas City Heartbreak – Ravens Fall to Chiefs 27-24 in Overtime

December 09, 2018 - 5:13 pm

By Joe Schiller 

The Ravens saw victory in their sight.

Lamar Jackson connected with John Brown for a 9-yard touchdown pass with 4:04 left in the fourth quarter to give Baltimore a 24-17 lead.

But as it’s proved time and time again this season, even the best defenses are no match for Patrick Mahomes. The second-year quarterback converted two fourth downs – including a throw across his body to Tyreek Hill on the final drive of regulation as the Chiefs overcame two misses from Harrison Butker to win a 27-24 overtime thriller.

It spelled heartbreak for the Ravens in the game they seemingly could have won.

Damien Williams’ 1-yard touchdown run gave Kansas City an early 7-0 lead through the first quarter but the Ravens responded with 10 straight points. Kenneth Dixon plowed into the end zone from three yards out on an 8-play, 75-yard drive fueled entirely by the ground game.

Justin Tucker’s 28-yard field goal gave the Ravens a 10-7 lead midway through the second quarter.

Mahomes and the offense found their footing before the half and used the size advantage of Travis Kelce. The tight end snagged a 15-yard touchdown pass just before the two-minute warning and a Butker 24-yard field goal gave the Chiefs a 17-10 halftime lead.

Kelce finished with 7 catches for 77 yards and as expected, was a mismatch nightmare against the Ravens’ defense. Neither the linebackers, cornerbacks or safeties could handle him.

In all three of his previous starts, Lamar Jackson faced a deficit and did yet again. Coming out of the half, the Ravens followed their formula that earned them three straight wins.

It worked.

Baltimore held the ball for 10:36 minutes of the third quarter and capitalized in the end zone following a Chuck Clark interception. Jackson found Maxx Williams on fourth down for a 10-yard touchdown to tie the game at 17-17.

Jackson finished 13-of-24 for 147 yards and two touchdowns through the air. He added 71 rushing yards on 13 carries. As a whole, the Ravens rushed for 198 yards in a collective effort of Jackson, Dixon and Gus Edwards. 

Wink Martindale’s unorthodox blitzing scheme made Mahomes feel like a young quarterback. The defensive coordinator drew up a tremendous game plan in that regard and while Baltimore’s defense recorded only two sacks, they totaled 15 quarterback hits. Through 56  minutes of regulation, the No. 1 defense was winning the battle against the No. 1 offense.

In one of the most hostile NFL environments, Jackson was given the opportunity to drive the Ravens down with 53 seconds left to beat the AFC’s best. Just three plays in, Justin Houston came unblocked and forced a fumble, Jackson’s eighth in four games, setting Kansas City up on a silver platter to win on a field goal.

They did just that but not in regulation.

Butker’s 43-yard field goal sailed wide right and Jackson was given a shot at redemption.

The Ravens held Kansas City to a 35-yard field goal with a chance to tie the game with a kick of their own or drive down and score a touchdown to win.

As we all predicted, Jackson wouldn’t be the quarterback under center for the Ravens in the final moments of the game. He was forced off the field with an injury, leaving RGIII with the pressure of converting back-to-back long down and distances.

Griffin’s first pass was nearly intercepted but the second fell off the fingertips of Willie Snead as the entire Ravens sideline pleaded for a pass interference call.

With the loss, Baltimore drops to 7-6 in heartbreaking fashion but continue to control their playoff destiny as they sit in the No. 6 seed. They didn't receive any help as the Titans, Colts, and Dolphins all won this week. 

Next week features a favorable home matchup against the Buccaneers, a game that the Ravens will have to win to keep their postseason hopes alive.