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The Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs exchanged highlight-reel plays in a high-scoring affair, with the game ending in a Ravens’ victory. Final score: 36-35.
The Ravens received the opening kickoff and the first series concluded with back-to-back heartbreakers. First, quarterback Lamar Jackson overthrew wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, who gained a step over the Chiefs’ defenders and may have scored had the ball been more accurate. Then, Jackson was intercepted by Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu, who returned to practice this week. Mathieu returned the interception for a touchdown.
Chiefs are happy Tyrann Mathieu is back— PFF (@PFF) September 20, 2021
Following the pick-six, Jackson and the Ravens offense delivered a quick drive resulting in Devin Duvernay touchdown. However, Duvernay scored by recovering a Ty’Son Williams fumble on the goal line.
Well it's still 6 points!— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 20, 2021
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During the drive, veteran running back Devonta Freeman made his first appearance with a 31-yard rush off the right side which impressed the national audience. Freeman was activated from the practice squad only days ago, after being signed as a practice squad player following the latest Ravens running back injuries.
First look at @devontafreeman in @Ravens purple. #RavensFlock— NFL (@NFL) September 20, 2021
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Ravens are signing veteran RB Devonta Freeman to their active roster, per his agent @DrewJRosenhaus.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 16, 2021
The 7-7 tie wouldn’t last long, as the Chiefs drove 92-yards in eight plays, capping it off with an impressive touchdown pass to wide receiver Demarcus Robinson against cornerback Marlon Humphrey.
Patrick Mahomes & Demarcus Robinson (33-yard TD)— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) September 20, 2021
Mahomes' pass traveled 47.1 yards in the air, while Robinson had 1.2 yards of target separation when the ball arrived, and 2.8 yards from the back of the end zone.
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Plays like that TD pass... that whole drive. KC is so tough.— Morgan Adsit (@MorganAdsit) September 20, 2021
To end the first half, Mathieu once again made a big-time interception against Jackson as the quarterback attempted to fit the ball in triple coverage.
Oh, how we missed you @mathieu_era— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) September 20, 2021
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Back-to-back stops helped keep the Chiefs from overwhelming the Ravens.
Ravens only rushed three on that last third down, not something they do often. Adjusting their status quo on defense to try and confuse Pat, it worked there #Chiefs— Ron Kopp Jr. (@Ron_Kopp) September 20, 2021
Encouraged by Wink’s gameplan thus far— Vasilis (@VasilisBeatdown) September 20, 2021
The Ravens then tied the game once again with running back Latavius Murray scoring his second touchdown in two games as a Raven.
The @Ravens are running tough.— NFL (@NFL) September 20, 2021
Touchdown, @LataviusM! #RavensFlock
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Latavius Murray up and in 5 yards for TD. 14-14— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) September 20, 2021
However, that wouldn’t be the final score of the first half. Not even close. The Chiefs would go on to score a touchdown, this one coming by way of running back Darrel Williams on the ground.
Strolled into the endzone— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) September 20, 2021
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The Chiefs left time on the clock, though. and the Ravens would begin their drive with back-to-back penalties. But a gain of 20 yards on first down by Ty’Son Williams help jumpstart the drive. In the end, the Ravens would get a 43-yard field goal from Justin Tucker.
HALFTIME#Chiefs: 21#Ravens: 17— Mitchel Summers (@WIBWMitchel) September 20, 2021
Justin Tucker nails a 43-yard field goal to trim the Chiefs lead heading into the locker room. #ChiefsKingdom pic.twitter.com/sGjyDe5G2M
Halftime — Ravens: 17 Chiefs 21
Entering the third quarter, the Ravens returned without safety DeShon Elliott, who suffered a concussion. This came back to haunt them as the Chiefs opened with a 40-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Byron Pringle.
All the @Chiefs WRs are eating.— NFL (@NFL) September 20, 2021
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Jackson responded with a highlight-reel play of his own, throwing a jump-pass to Hollywood for a touchdown.
HOW?????????????????????????— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 20, 2021
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Lamar really turned this into a TD pic.twitter.com/XyYAzttFNI— SB Nation (@SBNation) September 20, 2021
Unfortunately for the Ravens, tight end Travis Kelce couldn’t stay contained forever, and proceeded to score a near 50-yard touchdown by breaking four tackles, including defensive backs Tavon Young, Brandon Stephens and Marlon Humphrey.
TRAVIS KELCE ARE YOU FOR REAL?— NFL (@NFL) September 20, 2021
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The Ravens wouldn’t score on their next drive and instead, the ball was back in Mahomes’ hands. And for the first time in his NFL career, he threw an interception. The first interception for Young since 2018.
INTERCEPTION @TY_Real1 ❗️❗️— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 20, 2021
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Ravens defense makes a play. Young picks off Mahomes who tossed it up as he was getting taken to the ground by Oweh.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) September 20, 2021
To open the fourth quarter, Jackson took it into the endzone himself for a touchdown, closing the gap further.
Touchdown, 8!— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 20, 2021
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Jackson followed up his first rushing touchdown with a second in a similar fashion, off the right side.
There's only one @Lj_era8.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 20, 2021
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Moments after gaining possession, the Chiefs were driving and nearly into field goal range. Then, rookie pass rusher Odafe Oweh knocked the ball loose and recovered the fumble.
RAVENS WITH THE CLUTCH FUMBLE RECOVERY— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 20, 2021
And then, after gaining six yards on 3rd & 7, Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh asked Jackson if he wanted to go for it.
Jackson took it across the first down marker himself, and the game ends with the Ravens victorious.