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The Ravens lost to the Chiefs, but it was beautiful chaos nonetheless

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The Ravens lost to the Chiefs, but it was beautiful chaos nonetheless

A lot of times, when somebody says “that game really had it all” it’s not entirely accurate. What they usually mean is “wow, that game had multiple exciting moments.”

Well, today, I actually mean it. The Ravens' loss to the Chiefs really did have it all.

-- There was so much going on, actually, that it will be very easy to overlook several wild moments.

-- There was Lamar Jackson’s beautiful 21-yard rush during an 8-play, zero-pass touchdown drive from the Ravens to tie the game at 7-7.

-- There was Harrison Butker’s 51-yard field goal attempt going wide right to keep the game tied.

-- There was Patrick Mahomes hitting Travis Kelce in the end zone, a combination the Ravens struggled to contain all afternoon.

-- There was the Ravens failing to convert a short 4th-down conversion after an unfavorable spot from the officials, and Mahomes giving the ball back three plays later on the Ravens’ first interception in 293 pass attempts (longest drought in team history).

-- There was the Ravens not hesitating to go for another 4th-down conversion, this time capping a 14-play drive with a touchdown pass to Maxx Williams.

-- There was Patrick Mahomes completing a no-look pass

Allow me to repeat. In football, not basketball, he completed a NO-LOOK PASS.

-- There was a phantom offensive pass interference call against Michael Crabtree to derail a potential 4th quarter go-ahead drive.

-- There was offsetting penalties on a punt attempt, and Baltimore-native Cyrus Jones returning the second-chance punt 55 yards deep into Kansas City territory to set up another touchdown.

-- There was Patrick Mahomes flinging up a prayer on 4th-and-9 for a 48-yard completion to Tyreek Hill, keeping hope alive for the Chiefs.

-- There was the Chiefs’ own 4th-down touchdown completion, this one to tie the game at 24-24.

-- There was a Lamar Jackson fumble to seemingly give the victory to the Chiefs, followed by a second Butker miss to send the game to overtime.

-- There was Mahomes fumbling the ball away untouched, only for Terrell Suggs to overrun it and the Chiefs to recover.

-- There was Lamar Jackson leaving the game with an injury, and Robert Griffin III coming in on 3rd-and-22 near midfield. 

-- There was a perfect throw from RGIII on 4th-and-22 that grazed off Willie Snead’s fingertips as Kendall Fuller wrapped him up a second early with no call to seal the devastating loss.

Like so many games and seasons before, the Ravens were just one play short of getting over the hump. Even entering the game as heavy underdogs, it’s hard to feel satisfied with a “good loss” or a “moral victory” at this point in the season. Not only are the Ravens hoping to stay alive in the AFC North, but there’s now a 4-way tie among 7-6 teams fighting for the AFC’s 6-seed.

The Ravens currently hold the tiebreaker, but face a tough schedule the rest of the way and now have zero room for error.

Ultimately, it was a terrific performance by the defense for 56 minutes, before looking gassed at the end of the game. It’s no coincidence that the first time the defense has failed to close the game late in the 4th quarter during the Lamar Jackson Era is also the first time the Ravens have lost the time of possession battle.

It was especially frustrating for John Harbaugh to see so many borderline calls go in favor of the Chiefs. Baltimore was called for 11 penalties for a whopping 112 yards, many coming on calls described by the broadcast as “ticky-tack” or “weak” or just plain “ehhhhhhhh.”

Nobody ever gives sympathy to the team complaining about the refs, but it makes a tough loss that much tougher. It’s more difficult to swallow a loss when the refs swallow their whistles.

There’s a lot to be encouraged by if you’re a Ravens fan. The moment wasn’t too big for Jackson, and the defense did as well as any defense has to try to defend Mahomes this season. 

There won’t be a ton of solace to take if they wind up on the outside looking in come January, though. Every game from here on out is critically important, and hopefully, the Ravens can finish more strongly against competition that isn’t as talented and downright scary as the 2018 Chiefs.

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WATCH: Justin Tucker drills 70-yard field goal at Pro Bowl practice

WATCH: Justin Tucker drills 70-yard field goal at Pro Bowl practice

Justin Tucker is the most accurate kicker in NFL history, but at Pro Bowl practice Friday he decided to show off his ridiculous range by drilling a 70-yard field goal with relative ease. 

Hitting 70-yard field goals in practice isn't anything new. He spent time in the offseason drilling kicks from the same distance.

There just wasn't any need for Tucker to kick a record-breaking field goal because the Ravens offense was seemingly always in the red zone. Tucker attempted 59 extra points this year, which was the most he'd ever taken in a season by 17 and led the league by a wide margin. 

Tucker's current career-long is the 61-yard bomb he hit in 2013. His longest field goal in 2019 was 51 yards. 

In a game like the Pro Bowl, field position and the final result doesn't really matter. So maybe Tucker will get a chance to kick from 70-plus during the game on Sunday. 

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Take a look at Marlon Humphrey's NFL Top 100 player ballot

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Take a look at Marlon Humphrey's NFL Top 100 player ballot

The NFL's Top 100 players list is always an interesting discussion point for fans. It's fun to debate who is the best of the best, especially in a sport like football.

Positions require such vastly different skills, so it's difficult to compare a running back to, say, a punter.

What also makes the list interesting is how it's compiled: by the players themselves.

We don't always get to peel back the curtain, but Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey was willing to share his ballot on social media once he put his votes together.

This is an especially interesting list. Humphrey resisted the urge to simply vote all Ravens, as Lamar Jackson, Ronnie Stanley and Marcus Peters are the only ones to make his top 20.

Humphrey did seem to heavily weigh players he has faced already, particularly in 2019. Of his 17 non-Ravens, 11 played against Baltimore this past season.

The cornerback clearly remembers 2018's matchup with the Saints well, as Michael Thomas and Drew Brees find themselve in his top four. He has a nice balance between offensive players he's had to defend and defensive players he can evaluate as a peer.

The divisional round loss also clearly is still weighing on his mind, with Titans running back Derrick Henry ranked sixth across all players.

Of course, according to him, the easiest choice of all was Humphrey's first.

Hard to disagree with him on that one.

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