April 19, 2024

The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs could have an opportunity to defend their Tremendous Bowl title from final season after defeating the Baltimore Ravens, 17-10, within the AFC Championship Recreation on Sunday. 

The Chiefs will tackle the winner of the NFC Championship Recreation between the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions in Tremendous Bowl LVIII at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas in two weeks.

That is the fourth time within the final 5 seasons the Chiefs have reached the Tremendous Bowl because the dynasty dialog continues to get stronger round this Andy Reid-coached group.

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Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs throws a cross towards the Baltimore Ravens in the course of the second quarter of the AFC Championship Recreation at M&T Financial institution Stadium in Baltimore on Jan. 28, 2024. (Patrick Smith/Getty Pictures)

This recreation started with a back-and-forth shootout after the Chiefs gave the Ravens the ball to start out. After forcing a three-and-out, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ offense started working with a drive lasting 5:45 minutes, and the end result was an unimaginable landing for Travis Kelce. 

Kelce, on his option to breaking Jerry Rice’s NFL document for probably the most receptions in postseason historical past, transformed a 4th-and-2 for Kansas Metropolis earlier than Mahomes launched a ball to his tight finish, who snagged it with one arm for the primary landing of the sport.

Kelce completed with 11 catches on 11 targets for 116 yards and his landing to guide the Chiefs within the cross recreation.

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However Lamar Jackson knew he wanted to offer his personal MVP magic to go towards Mahomes, and he did so on the following drive. 

After speeding for a primary down on 4th-and-short, and Gus Edwards plunged farther into Kansas Metropolis territory, the Ravens needed to take a shot on 1st-and-10 from the 30-yard line. It seemed as if Kansas Metropolis’s George Karlaftis was going to sack Jackson, who managed to elude Karlaftis, stepped farther again from the road of scrimmage and launched a ball to rookie receiver Zay Flowers, who hauled it in for the 30-yard landing to tie the sport. 

When the Chiefs bought the ball again, they lasted even longer, this time preserving the ball of their possession for 9:02 with a landing capping one other improbable drive.

It was the Chiefs’ bulldozing again, Isiah Pacheco, punching his means into the top zone from two yards out.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson reacts after teammate Zay Flowers was known as for taunting towards the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs in the course of the second half, Jan. 28, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Picture/Alex Brandon)

With the Chiefs retaking the lead, issues had the chance to get out of hand for the Ravens when Jackson was stripped from behind and the ball was recovered by Karlaftis on Baltimore’s 33-yard line. Nonetheless, the Chiefs couldn’t convert on a 4th-and-1 run by Pacheco on Baltimore’s 13-yard line.

Each offenses started to stall till the top of the half when the Chiefs have been driving but once more. They might’ve cherished to search out the top zone for the third time within the half, and it seemed like they did on Third-and-14 when Rashee Rice took a display 33 yards into the top zone. However Trey Smith was known as for his second maintain in a row.

Harrison Butker hit a 52-yard discipline aim to place Kansas Metropolis up, 17-7, heading into the locker room at halftime.

It was simply the beginning the Chiefs needed on the street, and so they knew they may pull farther away within the second half with a scoring drive to start out issues. As a substitute, the second half changed into a defensive clinic on each sidelines.

Each groups couldn’t get a factor occurring offense as each defensive coordinators have been calling excellent blitzes that disrupted Mahomes and Jackson. However the latter lastly bought one thing going when he discovered Flowers deep down the left sideline extensive open for a 54-yard achieve.

Zay Flowers runs

Zay Flowers of the Baltimore Ravens runs with the ball in the course of the third quarter of the AFC Championship Recreation at M&T Financial institution Stadium in Baltimore on Jan. 28, 2024. (Rob Carr/Getty Pictures)

That was till Flowers was known as for taunting after clearly standing over L’Jarius Sneed, pushing the ball again 15 yards from the spot. Nonetheless, Jackson saved discovering Flowers to maneuver the ball into the purple zone.

On 2nd-and-8 from Kansas Metropolis’s nine-yard line, Flowers was the goal but once more, and he tried diving into the top zone for his second rating of the day. It seemed like he was going to get it, too, however Sneed got here flying in and punched the ball out of Flowers’ palms simply earlier than he crossed the aim line.

Trent McDuffie fell on the ball ultimately zone for a touchback, and Kansas Metropolis saved their lead at 10.

Baltimore’s protection continued to present Jackson and the offense an opportunity, although, as they pressured one other Kansas Metropolis punt. However after going from their very own one-yard line to the Chiefs’ 25-yard line, Jackson made an enormous mistake by attempting to throw a landing to Isaiah Probably. As a substitute, the ball was intercepted by Deon Bush with 6:45 left within the recreation.

Jackson would get the ball again and bought sufficient to generate a Justin Tucker discipline aim to chop the result in seven.

Nonetheless, Mahomes discovered Marquez Valdes-Scantling on Third-and-long on the following drive for 32 yards to ice the victory. 

Mahomes completed the sport 30-for-39 for 241 yards with a landing and 15 speeding yards. He additionally discovered Rice eight instances for 46 yards. Pacheco led the run recreation with 68 yards on 24 carries.

Travis Kelce runs

Kansas Metropolis Chiefs tight finish Travis Kelce runs with the ball in the course of the first half. (AP Picture/Alex Brandon)

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For the Ravens, Jackson was 20-for-37 for 272 yards with one landing and one interception whereas speeding for 54 yards to guide Baltimore. Flowers had 5 catches for 115 yards.