After suffering his lone regular season loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last season as a rookie, quarterback Lamar Jackson and the 2-0 Baltimore Ravens traveled to Arrowhead Stadium once again to face the 2-0 Chiefs in the game of the week.
Kansas City and the league reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes started the game on offense. After driving down the field, Baltimore’s defense tightened up and forced a punt following a sack by Matt Judon.
Jackson and the offense had success early, finding the end zone on their first drive. It was running back Mark Ingram who punched the ball in. Instead of kicking the extra point, head coach John Harbaugh showed guts early, electing to go for two. The conversion was unsuccessful, making the score 6-0.
Mahomes and the Chiefs would not be stopped on their next drive. Aided by a roughing the passer and a horse collar penalty, the drive ended with a LeSean McCoy touchdown, giving Kansas City the 7-6 lead. The Ravens offense was unable to respond, failing to convert a 4th & 2 on their own 47-yard line. Kansas City took advantage of the field position, scoring just five plays later on a pass to Demarcus Robinson. The Chiefs led 14-6.
Jackson and the offense continued to struggle on their next drive as it resulted in a punt. Mahomes was quick to strike again when miscommunication on the defense allowed rookie receiver Mecole Hardman to get wide open for an 83-yard touchdown. The game was quickly slipping away with a score of 20-6 after the failed extra point.
Following another punt from Baltimore, Kansas City was able to tack on another three points with a 42-yard field goal before the end of the half.
Down by 14 points, the Ravens cut into the lead with another rushing touchdown from Ingram, this one for 19 yards.
After another failed two-point conversion, the score was 23-13. The defense responded with a strong statement as well, stopping the Chiefs on 4th & 1. The offense was unable to do anything after the defenses stop, however, as they were forced to punt the ball.
The Chiefs extended their lead to 30-13 with a touchdown pass to McCoy. With a little over two minutes left in the third quarter, Baltimore needed a miracle to comeback. On 4th & 5 at the 27-yard line, Jackson made a miracle himself by scrambling and hitting Seth Roberts on a prayer of a throw, setting the offense up at the two-yard line.
On 2nd & goal, Ingram found the end zone for the third time on the day. After yet another failed two-point conversion, the score was 30-19.
After a strong stand from the defense, Jackson made magic again, this time on a prayer throw to Willie Snead IV on 3rd & 17. The drive ended in a field goal, making it just an eight-score game with six minutes remaining in regulation.
With the game on line and needing a stop, the Ravens defense wilted, giving up a 41-yard run on first down. Kansas City essentially put the game away with another field goal. The score was 33-22 with a little over four minutes left to play.
Jackson would not be denied, however. After marching up the field, Jackson turned heads with an electrifying touchdown run, spinning and juking out defenders on his way to the end zone.
With a score of 33-28, the Ravens attempted an onside kick, but it was unsuccessful. With their loss to the Chiefs, Baltimore fell to 2-1. They begin division play next week when they face the Cleveland Browns.