The Baltimore Ravens had a plan. They’d disguise defensive coverages to decelerate Patrick Mahomes, and they might grind issues out with the working recreation on offense. The objective was to gradual issues down, and to maintain the ball out of Mahomes’s palms.
The plan very practically labored.
However Mahomes confirmed he can survive a battle within the trenches and the Chiefs survived at residence, beating the Ravens, 27-24, in time beyond regulation.
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That the sport was so shut proved that Baltimore’s throwback model is one thing to be reckoned with. The Ravens, with a dashing assault led by quarterback Lamar Jackson and working again Gus Edwards, gained 198 yards on the bottom, simply barely lacking a fourth consecutive recreation of 200 or extra. Their protection had three sacks, an interception, and hit Mahomes 15 instances. And there was a stretch within the third quarter when the Chiefs offense merely disappeared thanks to 2 lengthy drives by Baltimore and an interception by Chuck Clark.
However in time beyond regulation, with the Chiefs already having scored a subject objective, the tenuous nature of Baltimore’s uncommon model confirmed itself. When Jackson needed to depart the sport with an ankle harm, backup Robert Griffin III proved incapable of main the Ravens to victory, throwing two incomplete passes to finish the sport.
The Ravens had taken a lead on Jackson’s 9-yard landing go to John Brown with 4:04 remaining. It was considered one of his extra spectacular throws on a day the place he appeared a lot improved as a passer. He accomplished 13 of 14 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns, for a passer ranking of 100.5.
However Mahomes, as he has finished repeatedly in his breakout season, merely willed his group into the top zone. Kansas Metropolis went 75 yards on 11 performs, with Mahomes throwing a 5-yard landing go to Damien Williams to tie the sport at 24-24.
The ultimate two drives of regulation ended poorly for each groups, with Justin Houston taking the ball away from Baltimore with a strip-sack fumble of Jackson, and Harrison Butker, Kansas Metropolis’s usually dependable place-kicker, lacking a possible game-winning subject objective from 43 yards out as time expired.
Given the ball first in time beyond regulation, Mahomes was Mahomes. He labored his means down the sphere, going 58 yards on 11 performs, surviving a fumble after which taking a lead when Butker linked on a subject objective from 35 yards out.
Baltimore had yet another probability to tie or win, however on a 2nd-and-18 play from Baltimore’s 45-yard line, Jackson was sacked by Houston and Dee Ford and needed to be faraway from the sport to have his ankle taped.
That left Griffin, Baltimore’s third-string quarterback, to attempt to win it, and the previous first-round decide was lower than the duty.
Kansas Metropolis improved to 11-2, clinching a playoff spot and gaining floor on the New England Patriots for residence subject benefit all through the playoffs. The Ravens noticed their three-game successful streak finish and had their file drop to 7-6, placing them in a pack of groups all making an attempt for the A.F.C.’s two wild-card spots.