Sep 20, 2021 11:41 AM

Edwards-Helaire fumble costs Chiefs in closing minutes against the Ravens

Posted Sep 20, 2021 11:41 AM
Photo by Tommy Rezac.
Photo by Tommy Rezac.

St. Joseph Post

(AP) - 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 the Baltimore Ravens beat the Kansas City Chiefs 36-35 at M&T Bank Stadium.

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. It's the Chiefs' first loss in September since Sept. 18, 2016.

The matchup of NFL MVPs — Mahomes in 2018 and Jackson in '19 — was a wild affair from the start. The Ravens needed a fumble by Clyde Edwards-Helaire, as Kansas City was marching into field goal range to clinch it.

"We were executing and they made a play," Mahomes said. "You lose games when teams make plays like that at the end of games."

After the fumble, the Chiefs still had all three timeouts and forced Baltimore into a 4th-and-1 on their own 43 with 1:11 to go. With Kansas City out of timeouts, Baltimore elected to go for it. Jackson took a shotgun snap, followed his blockers and got more than enough yardage to get the first down and run the clock out.

"We have to do better," coach Andy Reid said. "We've learned from that. We have to tackle better. We'll work on that and get better at that."

Baltimore outgained Kansas City 481-404 in total offense. Mahomes was 24 for 31 for 343 yards, three touchdowns and an interception - an INT that eventually set up a Ravens touchdown early in the 4th that made it a 35-30 ballgame.

The Chiefs are back home to face the L.A. Chargers on Sunday at noon. The game will be carried on Q Country 92.7 FM in St. Joseph. KFEQ Radio (680 AM, 95.3 FM) will be carrying the Royals game against the Detroit Tigers.