But Baltimore’s defense stiffened on Sunday night. Mahomes threw for 343 yards and three touchdowns, but the Ravens’ secondary blanketed Hill, whom Mahomes targeted only four times. Kelce still posted 109 yards, nearly half coming from a 46-yard scamper when he wove through potential tacklers.
In the third quarter, with Kansas City up, 35-24, Mahomes evaded a pass rush as he stepped up in the pocket, but soon collided with a defender. As he fell, he flung the ball to Kelce, but cornerback Tavon Young jumped in front and intercepted it. Baltimore scored a touchdown five plays later. Coach Andy Reid said he would have preferred Mahomes to take a sack in that situation, but he had seen him escape similar circumstances.
“You don’t want him to throw those, but he’s made some plays doing that,” Reid said. “In that case, he’d probably like to have that one back.”
Kansas City’s defense allowed Baltimore to rush for 251 yards, a performance Reid credited to defenders not getting off blocks and tackling poorly. Near the end of the fourth quarter, they allowed Jackson to orchestrate a 14-play drive that ended in Jackson rushing for a one-yard touchdown.
With the score 36-35, Kansas City’s offense had an opportunity to enter field goal range, but running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire fumbled, giving the Ravens the ball. Jackson converted the fourth-down attempt to preserve the win.
After losing in overtime to the Las Vegas Raiders last Monday, the Ravens now face a favorable schedule for the next month, with two of their next three opponents being the rebuilding Detroit Lions and the Indianapolis Colts, whose quarterback Carson Wentz suffered a potentially serious ankle injury against the Los Angeles Rams. But for now, Jackson and his teammates are happy to have overcome their Kryptonite, regardless of how it was done.
“Whether you win or lose, whether it’s on the quarterback or not on the quarterback, it’s always ‘Lamar this, Lamar that,’” cornerback Marlon Humphrey said. “It’s really big for him. I’m happy for him to get that zero, oh and whatever, off his plate, and really happy as a unit.”