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Washington Football vs. Ravens: Must-see moments from the 1st half

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In just the seventh matchup in history between the Washington Football Team and the Baltimore Ravens, the heavily favored Ravens enter the halftime break with a 21-10 lead.

Here's what happened in the first half in the Battle of the Beltways...

1. Early momentum by Washington killed by Matt Judon sack.

Ravens defensive end Matt Judon picked a perfect time to notch his first sack of the 2020 season.

Judon -- who's playing the 2020 season under the franchise tag -- was untouched on his way into the Washington backfield on a third-and-6 play from the Baltimore 44, bringing down Washington QB Dwayne Haskins.

The sack forced Washington to punt after the team had started to build momentum on their opening drive. Washington had previously converted a fourth-and-1 on the drive on a Haskins QB sneak.

2. A good investment turns into an early Baltimore score.

Baltimore cornerback Marlon Humphrey signed a five-year, $98.5 million extension. It didn't take long for the 24-year-old to prove his worth. 

On Washington's second offensive drive of the game, Humphrey wrapped up Washington running back J.D. McKissic and punched the football out, with fellow cornerback Marcus Peters recovering the fumble.

On the first play of the ensuing drive, Ravens passer Lamar Jackson found second-year wideout Marquise "Hollywood" Brown for a 30-yard completion, setting up a one-yard touchdown run by Mark Ingram.

The score gave Baltimore an early 7-0 lead, capitalizing on Washington's first turnover of the game. Last week, Washington turned to the ball over four times, with Cleveland capitalizing on each takeaway. The Ravens currently lead the NFL in points off turnovers with 38.

 

3. Clank!

After both Washington and Baltimore traded punts following the Ingram touchdown, the Burgundy and Gold started to establish a little bit of rhythm on offense once again.

However, once Washington crossed into Ravens' territory, their drive was halted. On third-and-7 from the Baltimore 36, Haskins' pass intended for Terry McLaurin was batted down by Calais Campbell at the line of scrimmage.

Washington kicker Dustin Hopkins then trotted on the field for a 54-yard field goal attempt, but his kick clanked off the left upright.

4. MVP moment from Lamar Jackson.

Perhaps the signature moment from Lamar Jackson's MVP season in 2019 was an incredible, 47-yard touchdown run against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Well, in the second quarter of Sunday's contest, the 23-year-old quarterback showed off with his legs once again on a run eerily similar to the one against the Bengals.

On third-and-4 from midfield, Jackson kept a read-option and ran right through the Washington defense for a 50-yard touchdown.

While it looked as if Jackson scampered to the end zone practically untouched, the quarterback hit Washington safety Landon Collins with a mean stiff-arm along the way.

 The touchdown was the longest rush of Jackson's brief yet incredible NFL career.

5. The Antonio Gibson show.

Washington fans have been waiting for the Antonio Gibson breakout game; the rookie has shown flashes through three weeks of his NFL career but has yet to put it all together in one contest.

Sunday's clash against Baltimore might be the one Washington fans look back on as the Gibson's arrival.

Following Jackson's touchdown run, Washington answered with a 10-play, 75-yard drive that capped off with a one-yard TD run by Gibson, his third score of the season.

The entire drive was the Antonio Gibson show, as the rookie had 53 of Washington's 75 yards in that sequence. The bulk of Gibson's yards came on a 40-yard screen pass, a crucial third-and-long conversion from Washington to keep the drive alive.

For the game, Gibson has nine carries for 31 rushing yards and a touchdown, along with three receptions for 75 receiving yards. 

6. Fake punt alert!

On the ensuing drive following the Gibson touchdown, Washington looked as if they would be getting the ball back after Jackson misfired on a third-and-9 pass from the Washington 43-yard line.

But with a lead and in good field position, Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh -- a long-time special teams coordinator -- decided to roll the dice with his punter.

On fourth-and-9, Ravens punter Sam Koch fired a strike to Baltimore wideout Miles Boykin along the right sideline, completing the pass for 15 yards and a first down.

As the broadcast mentioned, Koch is now 7-7 on passes in his career. That's quite the mark for the All-Pro punter.

7. Mark Andrews bouncing back in a timely fashion.

 

The Pro Bowl tight end had a game to forget last Monday against the Kansas City Chiefs, where he hauled in just two catches and had a crucial drop in the end zone.

After a mostly quiet first half on Sunday versus Washington, Andrews bounced back in a big way for Baltimore just before the intermission.

On third-and-7 from the Washington 25, Jackson fired a perfect pass to Andrews near the left pylon of the end zone. Andrews hauled in the pass for his third TD of the season, giving Baltimore a 14-point lead with just under two minutes remaining in the half.

8. Kendall Fuller's first interception since returning to Washington.

After Washington quickly went three-and-out following Andrews' TD, the Ravens had the chance to add to their lead with just over a minute remaining in the first half.

However, Jackson ended up turning the ball over, as Kendall Fuller hauled in his first interception with Washington since returning to the team this offseason in free agency.

Fuller's pick set up a 43-yard field goal from Hopkins as the clock expired, trimming Baltimore's lead to 11. Washington chose to play for the field goal following the turnover, as the team did not take one shot to the end zone before running the clock down to just four seconds before kicking the three-pointer.