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Ravens introduce new "mixed reality" game-day experience in win against Jets

Ravens introduce new "mixed reality" game-day experience in win against Jets

The Ravens are re-inventing the way NFL offenses can thrive and Thursday night, they added a new feature to improve the in-game experience as well.

The new "mixed-reality" feature gives fans the ability to view animations within the stadium in real-time.

Fans in attendance were treated to animations of a Raven flying around M&T Bank Stadium when they looked at the jumbotron, as well as in-stadium TVs.

The way Lamar Jackson torched the New York defense time after time, the animated Raven wasn't the only thing flying up and down the field. 

Jackson dissected the Jets defense for 298 total yards as well as five touchdowns on the night.

The victory helped the Ravens win the AFC North and wrap up the division for the second consecutive year.

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Lamar Jackson wins Pro Bowl Offensive MVP as AFC beats NFC

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Lamar Jackson wins Pro Bowl Offensive MVP as AFC beats NFC

The Ravens were the most represented team at the Pro Bowl, so it was only fitting two of the biggest contributors were from Baltimore, too. 

Lamar Jackson and Mark Andrews combined for three touchdowns as the AFC beat the NFC 38-33 in the Pro Bowl on Sunday in Orlando. 

Jackson was named Pro Bowl Offensive MVP in just the first Pro Bowl of his young career. 

In addition to the 12 players that were selected from the NFL’s top regular season team, the AFC was coached by Baltimore’s coaching staff. 

Mourning Kobe Bryant

The Pro Bowl’s priority in the grand scheme of things took a backseat Sunday afternoon after NBA legend Kobe Bryant passed away in a helicopter crash in California. He was 41 years old.

Ravens players tweeted their condolences after news of his death broke and the sports world slowed to honor Bryant.

Jackson was interviewed by ESPN’s Lisa Salters during the game, where he spoke highly of Bryant’s career. 

"That's a legend, man,” Jackson said. “He did so much for the game of basketball. A lot of people looked up to Kobe Bryant, including myself. From what I heard, he was a great person as well. My prayers are with his family."

Lamar Starts

The second-year quarterback had a strong outing in his first ever Pro Bowl appearance. 

Jackson finished 16-of-23 for 185 yards through the air with two touchdowns and an interception. He added six yards on the ground on just two carries. 

His two touchdown passes were tied for a game-high as he played for a majority of the first half. 

For his day, he won Pro Bowl Offensive MVP. It almost assuredly won’t be his only MVP from the 2019 season. 

Other Ravens In Action

But it wasn’t just Jackson that saw the field for the Ravens. 

Andrews finished the game with a game-high nine receptions for 73 yards -- a team high. He also caught a touchdown pass from Jackson in the second quarter. 

Mark Ingram led all players on the ground with 31 yards on five carries, with the help of three of his offensive linemen: Ronnie Stanley, Marshal Yanda and Orlando Brown Jr. 

Defensively, Marlon Humphrey had three tackles, Earl Thomas had two and Matthew Judon added one as well. 

Late in the fourth quarter, Thomas intercepted a pass on the Pro Bowl’s new onside kick rule, which replaces a standard onside kick with a 4th-and-15 play. Thomas then lateraled the ball to Humphrey, who pitched it to Judon before the play was whistled dead.

Justin Tucker added a first half 50-yard field goal, too, as the Ravens made sure they were well-known at the Pro Bowl. 

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Fans, players at Pro Bowl honor Kobe Bryant

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Fans, players at Pro Bowl honor Kobe Bryant

News of Kobe Bryant’s death spread quickly across the sports world, which included the Pro Bowl. 

Less than an hour before kickoff in Orlando, reports of a helicopter crash involving Bryant spread rapidly. Since multiple outlets confirmed the news, players across all sports have tweeted their condolences and thoughts and prayers about Bryant’s death. 

Lamar Jackson was interviewed by ESPN's Lisa Salters, an interview that concluded with Jackson's memories of Bryant. 

"That's a legend, man," Jackson said. "He did so much for the game of basketball. A lot of people looked up to Kobe Bryant, including myself. From what I heard, he was a great person as well. My prayers are with his family."

Jackson added that Bryant signed a jersey for him after he was drafted, too.

"It means a lot," Jackson said. "That's one of the GOATs. Him, MJ and LeBron. The top three."

During a commercial break at the Pro Bowl, fans took the time to honor the former-Laker. 

Saints quarterback Drew Brees was interviewed on the sideline after his afternoon had ended, where he called Bryant an inspiration. 

For those not in Orlando, responses were quick to the tragic death of one of the most impactful athletes in recent memory.

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