Things got a little hairy in the fourth quarter, put Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs looked overall dominant in their 34-20 win over Lamar Jackson and the Ravens on "Monday Night Football."
Mahomes was sensational, completing 31 of 42 passes for 385 yards and four touchdowns (and adding another score on the ground). What was most impressive about the performance was his poise against the pass rush: against the most blitz-heavy defense in the league, Mahomes completed 17 of 21 passes against the blitz for 219 yards and three touchdowns. No throw was better than the 49-yard bomb on third-and-14, off his back foot with a man in his face, perfectly into the arms of a wide open Mecole Hardman.
Also on full display was the deep bag of tricks Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy has at his disposal. They have weapons in Hardman, Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Travis Kelce ... and they're throwing shovel passes to fullbacks and fades to left tackles. I mean, just look at this play from early in the third quarter. A wildcat handoff, reverse, flea-flicker screen pass. It's a lot of action for just 7 yards, but boy is it fun to watch.
The Ravens looked like they were going to be able to run the ball all night long with an impressive first possession, but the Chiefs' defense bowed up to force a field goal. From that point on, the only first-half score for Baltimore came on a 93-yard Devin Duvernay kick return; Jackson simply couldn't find a rhythm most of the night.
Still, after trailing 27-10 at the break, the Ravens were able to climb back into the game. A fumble recovery set up a field goal to make it a two-score game. Following a Chiefs turnover on downs, Jackson was finally able to lead a touchdown drive, finding Nick Boyle for a 5-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it a one-possession game.
Mahomes was the great equalizer though. While he's known for the flashy long balls, he showed he also has the ability to hit the short and intermediate passes as he led a lengthy touchdown drive to push the lead back to two scores.
Chiefs vs. Ravens score
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11:15 p.m. — FINAL: Chiefs 34, Ravens 20. Mahomes finishes 31 of 42 passing for 385 yards and four touchdowns (17 of 21 against the blitz for 219 yards and three scores).
11:10 p.m. — Chiefs convert on third down. We're at the two-minute warning, Kansas City ball, second-and-8 at the Baltimore 37-yard line. This one's all but wrapped up.
11:05 p.m. — Ravens use their last timeout; Chiefs have the ball, third-and-4 at the Baltimore 42-yard line with 3:08 remaining.
10:59 p.m. — The Ravens had a strong drive going, but back-to-back sacks move them into fourth-and-24. Jackson's heave towards the end zone falls incomplete and Kansas City takes over on downs, ball at their own 31-yard line with 4:55 remaining.
10:48 p.m. — BIG MAN TOUCHDOWN. Mahomes finds his left tackle Eric Fisher (an eligible receiver) for a 2-yard score. Chiefs lead 34-20 with 8:14 remaining.
10:46 p.m. — Chiefs call a timeout with 9:03 to play. They've got the ball, second-and-7 at Baltimore's 13-yard line with a 27-20 lead.
10:42 p.m. — Another third down conversion as Mahomes scrambles for 12 yards this time. They're inside the 30 now, fewer than 11 minutes remaining.
10:39 p.m. — Chiefs convert a big third down as Mahomes hits Clyde Edwards-Helaire for an 18-yard gain. Kansas City moving the ball near midfield.
10:33 p.m. — Jackson hits Nick Boyle for a 5-yard touchdown to open up the fourth quarter. It's now a one-score game, with Kansas City leading 27-20 with 14:55 remaining.
10:30 p.m. — After three quarters, Kansas City still leads 27-13. But Baltimore is knocking on the door, second and goal at the 5-yard line.
10:24 p.m. — Baltimore's defense has come to play in the second half. They force a turnover on downs and take over at the Kansas City 49, 3:01 to play in the third.
10:17 p.m. — Ravens get a lengthy drive, but a false start on a short fourth down forces them to settle for a 42-yard field goal by Tucker. Chiefs lead 27-13, 6:13 left in the third quarter.
10:03 p.m. — The Chiefs are pulling out all of the stops: a reverse-sweep-flea-flicker to the flats gets them all of 7 yards. Maybe a little too much fun though; Baltimore recovers a fumble and takes over at its own 21-yard line, 13:03 to go in the third quarter.
Still, look at this play. She's a beauty.
9:45 p.m. — Mecole Hardman can't haul in a near-perfect throw from Mahomes to the end zone. Sammy Watkins grabs one over the middle to set up a 42-yard field goal attempt for Butker, who pulls it wide. That'll do it for the first half: Kansas City leads Baltimore 27-10.
9:41 p.m. — Mahomes hits Hill over the middle and the Chiefs call timeout with 30 seconds on the clock, ball at the Baltimore 35.
9:39 p.m. — Things go from bad to worse for Baltimore: Chris Jones knocks the ball out of Jackson's hands and Kansas City recovers. Chiefs have it at their own 49, 45 seconds to go in the half.
9:36 p.m. — Mahomes is hit as he delivers a 49-yard touchdown bomb to Mecole Hardman. Holy smokes. Kansas City leads 27-10 with 1:48 left in the first half.
9:30 p.m. — Two-minute warning. Chiefs have it, second-and-9 at the Baltimore 44-yard line.
9:28 p.m. — Jackson nearly gets picked off on back-to-back throws, but instead it'll be another punt for the Ravens. Chiefs get the ball back at their own 16-yard line, 4:39 remaining in the half.
9:20 p.m. — After forcing their own three-and-out, the Chiefs get back on the scoreboard as Mahomes hits Tyreek Hill over the top for a 20-yard touchdown pass. Kansas City leads 20-10 with 6:40 remaining in the second quarter. (Analysis: Mahomes is very good at football).
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9:06 p.m. — The Ravens force a three-and-out for the first time tonight and take over at their own 27-yard line with 11:06 to go in the first half.
9:01 p.m. — DEVIN DUVERNAY TAKES THE KICKOFF TO THE HOUSE. That's a 93-yard return and the Kansas City lead is cut to 13-10 with 12:40 to go in the second quarter.
8:57 p.m. — Mahomes hits Anthony Sherman with an underhand shovel pass for a touchdown. That was slick. Butker hits this time and the Chiefs lead 13-3 with 12:52 remaining in the first half.
8:52 p.m. — After one quarter the Chiefs hold a 6-3 lead and have the ball, third-and-9 at Baltimore's 23-yard line.
8:40 p.m. — A holding penalty and a sack on third and long forces the first punt of the evening. Kansas City takes over at its own 32-yard line with 4:12 in the first quarter, still leading 6-3.
8:31 p.m. — The Chiefs march right down the field and Patrick Mahomes rolls out for an easy rushing touchdown. Harrison Butker misses the point after attempt, and Kansas City leads 6-3 with 6:43 left in the opening quarter.
8:29 p.m. — End-around for Tyreek Hill on the first play for the Chiefs? Hook it into my veins (yes, he's on my fantasy team; so what?).
8:23 p.m. — Baltimore gets the running game going early thanks to a big run by Lamar Jackson (and a sweet pitch out play on third down), but the Kansas City defense is able to get the stop and force a 26-yard field goal from Justin Tucker. Ravens lead 3-0 with 9:20 in the first quarter.
8:15 p.m. — That was one hell of an introduction by Samuel L. Jackson. Can we get him to do that more often?
Chiefs vs. Ravens start time
- Location: M&T Bank Field, Baltimore
- Start time: 8:15 p.m. ET
- TV channel: ESPN
- Live stream: fuboTV | DAZN (in Canada)
With the exception of the season-opening "Monday Night Football" doubleheader in Week 1, all Monday night games are scheduled for the same start time of 8:15 p.m. ET.
This is the second of five prime-time games on the defending Super Bowl-champion Chiefs' 2020 schedule. They'll be back in the national spotlight in Week 6 for a Thursday night game at Buffalo.
The Ravens also have five prime-time games on their 2020 schedule, with Monday night's Chiefs game being the first. Baltimore will appear in a primetime slot three weeks in a row from Weeks 12-14 (at Steelers, vs. Cowboys, at Browns).
'Monday Night Football' schedule
A total of 17 games are on the "Monday Night Football" schedule in 2020. That includes the two games in the Week 1 doubleheader and no Monday night game in Week 17.
Below is the complete schedule of Monday night games this year.
|Week 1||Sept. 14||New York Giants vs. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Sept. 14||Denver Broncos vs. Tennessee Titans|
|Week 2||Sept. 21||Las Vegas Raiders vs. New Orleans Saints|
|Week 3||Sept. 28||Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs|
|Week 4||Oct. 5||Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons|
|Week 5||Oct. 12||New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles Chargers|
|Week 6||Oct. 19||Dallas Cowboys vs. Arizona Cardinals|
|Week 7||Oct. 26||Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears|
|Week 8||Nov. 2||New York Giants vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Week 9||Nov. 9||New York Jets vs. New England Patriots|
|Week 10||Nov. 16||Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 11||Nov. 23||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 12||Nov. 30||Philadelphia Eagles vs. Seattle Seahawks|
|Week 13||Dec. 7||San Francisco 49ers vs. Buffalo Bills|
|Week 14||Dec. 14||Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 15||Dec. 21||Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Week 16||Dec. 28||New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills|