Las Vegas Review-Journal
Jackson, Ravens fly by Chiefs
Battle of MVPS goes to Baltimore’s dual-threat quarterback
BALTIMORE — Lamar Jackson finally beat Patrick Mahomes, using his legs to rush for 107 yards and scoring twice, including flipping into the end zone for the winning score as Baltimore defeated Kansas City 36-35 Sunday night.
Jackson was 0-3 against the Chiefs, and he needed all of his multiple skills to break through to hand Mahomes his first loss in September after 11 victories. The matchup of NFL MVPS — Mahomes in 2018, Jackson the next year — was a wild affair from the start.
And the Ravens needed a fumble by running back Clyde Edwards-helaire as Kansas City was marching into field goal range to clinch it.
With Jackson leading the Ravens’ 251 yards rushing and throwing for 239 and a score, Baltimore ensured that all four AFC North teams would have 1-1 records. Kansas City, which allowed 481 yards and gained 405, also is 1-1 in the rugged AFC West.
Jackson had his ninth 100-yard rushing game, tied with Michael Vick for most by a quarterback.
The dynamic Jackson twice got into the end zone to his right with dives — well, the last TD was more of a vault. Twice the Ravens misfired on 2-point conversions, but Jackson’s 2-yard run on fourth down after Edwards-helaire fumbled secured the victory.
“I asked (coach John Harbaugh) if we were going for it,” Jackson said, adding with a laugh, “He said, ‘Hell yeah.’
“I said, ‘Man, I got to get this first down no matter what.’”
Like a video game with no controller for defense, the teams moved up and down the field with little opposition. Most thrilling was tight end Travis Kelce’s 46-yard slalom in which he avoided nearly the entire Baltimore defensive unit, breaking three tackles before falling into the end zone, exhausted.
But it was not enough because Mahomes finally threw an interception in September, to cornerback Tavon Young, which set up Jackson’s first touchdown run.
“We were strong and together, and we kept that focus,” Jackson said, referring to the overtime loss against the Raiders to open the season. “I know my team is going to look at me, and I got to do it for my guys.”
The problem for the Chiefs was their defense, which was shredded — aside from safety Tyrann Mathieu’s two interceptions. It lost wide receiver Marquise Brown on a 42-yard jump-pass TD four plays after Chiefs wide receiver Byron Pringle scored on a 40-yarder.
“I love being around this team,” Harbaugh said of his undermanned group. “I told them it would be an honor to be on the field with them. What makes me proud of these guys is that’s who we are and what we do.”