Chiefs rally to knock off Ravens in overtime
KANSAS CITY, Mo. —
The fourth-down play was designed to go left, yet there was Patrick Mahomes scrambling to his right with a phalanx of Ravens in pursuit, his eyes trained on Tyreek Hill deep downfield.
Mahomes heaved an audacious throw. Hill made an incredible catch.
The Chiefs proceeded to score a tying touchdown on a pass to Damien Williams on another fourth-down play to force overtime. Then they watched as Harrison Butker booted a 36-yard field goal — atoning for a miss as time expired — and their maligned defense stuffed Baltimore to escape with a 27-24 victory Sunday.
‘‘You always want to be in a position to go win a game,’’ said Mahomes, who threw for 377 yards and two scores as the Chiefs clinched a playoff berth. ‘‘These are the best wins when you have to battle, when you trade plays. These are the ones that you remember the most.’’
The Ravens looked as if they might match Butker’s field goal, marching across midfield in overtime, but Ronnie Stanley’s holding penalty put them in a bind. Lamar Jackson was then sacked by Justin Houston and Dee Ford — and left with an ankle injury — before Robert Griffin III threw two incompletions to end it.
‘‘We played a heck of a game. Just didn’t get it down,’’ said Jackson, who insisted after X-rays came back negative that he would be OK. ‘‘We’ve got to regroup next week and get ready for our next game.’’
Hill caught eight passes for 139 yards for Kansas City (11-2), including three in overtime to set up the eventual winning field goal. Travis Kelce had seven catches for 77 yards and another score.
Jackson finished with 147 yards passing and two touchdowns for the Ravens, who had never lost in three trips to Arrowhead Stadium. Jackson also had 71 yards rushing in his fourth start in place of Joe Flacco.
‘‘We didn’t come here for no moral victory,’’ Ravens pass rusher Terrell Suggs said. ‘‘We didn’t come here to ‘do well’ against a 10-2 team, now 11-2. No, we came to win.’’
Both teams looked as if they had the game won in regulation.
The Ravens (7-6) took the lead with 4:04 to go when a long punt return gave them a short field, and Jackson threw a third-down touchdown pass to John Brown. But the NFL’s top-ranked defense twice allowed the league’s highest-scoring offense to convert on fourth down .
The first came on fourth and 9 at the Chiefs’ 40, when Mahomes scrambled to his right and threw his absurd cross-body heave to a hobbled Hill for a 40-yard gain. The second came on fourth and 3 at the Ravens 5’, when Mahomes threw his dump-off to Williams for the tying touchdown.
‘‘I mean, Pat makes unbelievable throws every game, it’s just the kind of player he is,’’ Kelce said. ‘‘You’re never dead on any play as a wide receiver, tight end or running back in the routes.’’
As the Ravens tried to get into range for kicker Justin Tucker, Houston strip-sacked Jackson to give Kansas City the ball. Butker proceeded to miss his second field goal of the game to force overtime.
He made up for that miss a few minutes later.
‘‘All I’m trying to do is make it through the uprights. That’s what I do every time,’’ he said. ‘‘I try to split up the kicks, so I’m not thinking about the past. Every kick is a new kick.’’
The Chiefs at times had no problem slicing up the Ravens’ staunch defense, putting together a pair of long TD drives to take a 17-10 lead into the break. Williams capped the first with his short TD plunge and Kelce finished the other with a nice over-the-shoulder catch.