Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson scores a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sept. 19, in Baltimore. Next, Baltimore will square off against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Sept. 26 at 1 p.m.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
By Demetrius Dillard
Special to the AFRO
What a game.
Against all odds, the Baltimore Ravens prevailed over the Kansas City Chiefs in a showdown between two NFL MVPs that came down to the wire.
After a bumpy start, quarterback Lamar Jackson put his team on his shoulders and carried them to what many would deem a miraculous comeback victory, especially considering the high-caliber team they faced.
The dual-threat star recorded 18 of 26 completions for 239 yards and a rushing touchdown while amassing 107 rushing yards for two additional touchdowns to lead the Ravens to a 36-35 win over the Chiefs before a packed, vibrant M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday night.
Prior to Sunday, the Ravens have lost three times to the Chiefs over the past three seasons. Entering the fourth quarter, Baltimore (1-1) trailed 35-24 and it appeared that Kansas City was on its way to a fourth consecutive win.
But as columnist John Eisenberg expressed, the Ravens “dug deep, really deep, as they overcame a double-digit deficit and proved to themselves and everyone else that, yes, they’re good enough, dynamic enough, to beat Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.”
Though it’s early in the season, Odafe Oweh is on pace to become one of the elite defensive rookies in the NFL in 2021. The 6-foot-5 outside linebacker forced a late-game fumble which he also recovered to give the ball back to the Ravens with 1:20 remaining in the game.
The Ravens offense made a gutsy-but-brilliant call on fourth-and-1 at their own 43-yard line. With 1:05 left, Jackson took the snap, cut up the middle and plunged forward for a first down to seal the win.
“It feels good to finally get that monkey off our back. Been losing to KC three years straight, it was good to finally get the ,” said Jackson, who became the fastest player to reach 3,000 rushing yards in NFL history and recorded his ninth career 100-yard rushing game, tying Michael Vick for most by a quarterback.
After falling to the Las Vegas Raiders, 33-27, in the season opener and having to bounce back quickly on top of dealing with a number of critical injuries on the roster, the Ravens exhibited true perseverance to come away with the emotional win.
“Our team, we fight adversity. Adversity is a killer, and we conquered that tonight,” Jackson continued.
Next, Baltimore will square off against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Sept. 26 at 1 p.m.
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