The Chiefs dominated the first half, forcing the Ravens to go three and out on their opening drive and then scoring immediately. The Chiefs got held to 4th and 2 but went for it and it was a Patrick Mahomes pass to TE Travis Kelce for 13 yards that made the 4th-down conversion. Then it was Kelce again who made the19-yard catch for the touchdown to give the Chiefs an early lead in the first quarter.
The Ravens quickly tied it up though. They were held to 4th and short and went for it, just as the Chiefs did. On that 4th-down conversion, it was Jackson who made the 21-yard run for the 1st down. He then made a huge 30-yard touchdown pass to rookie WR Zay Flowers to even the score 7-7.
Unfortunately for the Ravens though, that was the end of their scoring for a while. In the second quarter, the Chiefs took their time, but eventually made it downfield. Kelce made another super impressive catch as Mahomes was escaping a sack and threw low. He dove to make the catch for 10 yards and the first down at 3rd and 5. They made it down into the red zone and Mahomes’ hand-off to Pacheco was good to give them a 2-yard touchdown run and a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter.
The defenses took over from there. When the Ravens had the ball, DE Charles Omenihu sacked Jackson and forced a fumble and George Karlaftis recovered it. The Chiefs had the ball back again, but not for long
As the Chiefs went for it on 4th and 1, Pacheco’s run was stopped by Ravens safety Kyle Hamilton. Ravens got the ball back on downs. That was when Jackson did something incredible – he THREW and CAUGHT his own pass. As he threw the ball, it was tipped into the air by a Chiefs defender and he RAN forward to catch it himself and avoid an interception AND pick up 13 yards. Unfortunately, they couldn’t turn that into a score, getting held to 4th and 9 and punting it back.
Instead, it was the Chiefs who got points on the board before the half, managing a 52-yard field goal by Harrison Butler with four seconds left on the clock to make it 17-7 just before halftime.
The third quarter didn’t have a ton of action but it did have a lot of mistakes by the Ravens. Jackson made a huge 54-yard pass to Flowers to the Chiefs 10, but it was taken back 15 yards as Flowers stood over the Chiefs defenders and got called for Taunting. It got worse from there. Just as they were about to make a comeback, Flowers made another mistake. He made the catch from Jackson and as he was running the ball into the end zone for the touchdown, he reached his hand out to cross the ball over the line and it was knocked out by Chiefs defender CB L’Jarius Sneed and it was recovered by Chiefs defender CB Trent McDuffie in the end zone for a touchback JUST as the fourth quarter started.
That set the tone for the rest of the game for the Ravens. In the 4th quarter, though the defense made some big stops and good plays, the offense didn’t get it done. After another huge play, a 39-yard pass to WR Nelson Agholor, Jackson threw an interception in the end zone, caught by Chiefs safety Deon Bush for ANOTHER touchback with just under seven minutes left.