July 16, 2024
AFC-NFC Championships dwell updates: Chiefs main Ravens, Lions vs. 49ers 
recreation kicks off

All of the numbers favor Detroit

The Lions are completely dominating the No. 1-seeded 49ers.

They’ve extra first downs (18-8), yards (280-131) and complete performs (43-28).

Detroit has been significantly dominant on the bottom, rolling up 148 speeding yards on 21 carries for a 7.0 yard-per-carry common.

What’s a three-score lead?

In soccer, we’ll usually say a crew leads by a sure variety of scores. That is a measure of what number of occasions a crew would wish to get the ball and rating factors to beat a specific deficit.

A 3-score lead would imply a crew is up by extra factors than might be scored in two posessions: two touchdowns with two two-point conversions (16 complete factors). Thus it will require that crew to attain 3 times to take the lead.

The Lions, up 17, qualify for a three-score lead.

San Francisco heads again to its locker room down 24-7, having reached the tip zone solely as soon as through a 2-yard Christian McCaffrey run.

The lone rating for the league’s highest-scoring offense by touchdowns scored within the common season (tied with Miami) is uncommon however not unprecedented. The No. 1-seeded 49ers scored solely seven in opposition to the Packers of their 24-21 divisional spherical win final week.

Lions take commanding lead

Michael Badgley linked from 21 yards out, pushing Detroit’s result in 24-7 over the shocked 49ers late within the first half.

The important thing play was a 23-yard go from Goff to Amon-Ra St. Brown on third-and-18 from San Francisco’s 42.

The Niners had used two timeouts earlier than that huge play in hopes of getting the ball again.

Detroit did not play it conservative on third-and-18 from San Francisco’s 42 and is now headed to a three-score lead at halftime.

Two third-and-long conversions there. Wow.

An enormous two minutes to finish the half right here. With the Lions simply over midfield, one other three factors would pad their lead and make it a three-score recreation.

Big conversion of a 3rd and 18 by the Lions there to maintain the drive going.

Down 14 factors on this explosive first half, the 49ers are already going through a deficit they have not been in a position to overcome in fairly a while. The final time San Francisco was in a position to make its approach again from a 14-point deficit was greater than two years in the past, a 17-point comeback agains the Los Angeles Rams in January 2022.

Gibbs accentuating a shining rookie season

Lions working again Jahmyr Gibbs, who simply punctuated the Lions’ third scoring drive with a 15-yard landing scamper, is continuous the trajectory of a stellar rookie marketing campaign.

Drafted twelfth within the 2023 NFL draft out of the College of Alabama, simply the second working again picked, Gibbs made an influence early and infrequently, speeding for greater than 940 yards and changing into a part of a vaunted Lions speeding assault.

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Jahmyr Gibbs of the Detroit Lions runs the ball in opposition to Ji’Ayir Brown of the San Francisco 49ers throughout the NFC championship recreation at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday.Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Photographs

Gibbs’ season was highlighted by a 152-yard recreation in opposition to the Las Vegas Raiders — one in every of two video games this season through which he topped 100 yards. Gibbs ended 2023 with the second-most speeding yards amongst rookie RBs, behind solely Atlanta’s Bijan Robinson.

Journey to magical land of ‘South Detroit’ at Lions-49ers recreation

For a minimum of one music, it’ll be OK to cease believin’ in geography.

Iconic San Francisco band Journey is about play halftime of tonight’s Lions-49ers recreation and can hopefully play its timeless basic “Don’t Cease Believin.’”

Lions followers must cowl their ears for the opening traces when it’s stated: “Only a metropolis boy, born and raised in South Detroit.” In fact there is no such thing as a such factor as “South Detroit,” and if there have been, it would be merely often known as “Canada (within the type of Windsor, Ontario).”

Frontman Steve Perry has stated “South Detroit” simply match into lyrics and {that a} tour cease within the Motor Metropolis impressed the tune.  

The 28 factors scored up to now on this NFC championship recreation are already greater than the 27 that had been scored within the Chiefs-Ravens recreation.

Lions money in on interception

Jahmyr Gibbs rumbled into the tip zone from 15 yards out as Detroit rapidly cashed within the recreation’s first turnover for a 21-7 lead.

The Lions are outgaining the Niners 212-132 in complete yards.

Detroit notches first turnover of the sport

Brock Purdy, throwing off his again foot, will get his handed tipped by defensive lineman Joshua Paschal — a go that’s then snagged by Detroit’s Malcolm Rodriguez.

The interception is the primary turnover of the sport.

Bay Space legislation enforcement already bracing for 49ers win

This is perhaps about 50% prudent and 50% overconfident.

Lengthy earlier than the 49ers set foot on the gridiron, Bay Space legislation enforcement companies introduced they’ll shut down main roads in San Francisco tonight — greater than 40 miles north of the place the sport might be performed at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

From 7 p.m. PT to midnight, off-ramps off U.S. Freeway 101 and Interstate 280 might be closed in San Francisco in anticipation of rowdy postgame celebrations. The SFPD will even be limiting visitors within the metropolis’s Mission District to regulate potential out-of-control revelry.

The underdog Lions, in fact, hope to do their half to maintain the peace in San Francisco with an upset victory.

The Niners get their first cease of the day.

Fascinating to see that San Fran stayed in principally its base protection on fourth down. Detroit is understood to get pleasure from a pretend punt try at times.

The house crew will take over deep in its personal territory.

And right here come the 49ers

Christian McCaffrey muscled into the tip zone from 2 yards out, slicing Detroit’s result in 14-7.

McCaffrey performed an enormous position on this drive, highlighted by his 28-yard catch-and-run all the way down to Detroit’s 5 yard line.

Kyle Juszczyk, the husband of famous designer Kristin Juszczyk, additionally had a key 23-yard seize.

Lions lead 14-0 after one quarter

Detroit couldn’t have requested for a greater begin, up 14-0 after simply quarter-hour of play.

Jared Goff’s offense has rolled up 137 yards and two touchdowns on two possessions.

The Lions are one in every of 4 present NFL groups which have by no means made it to the Tremendous Bowl. The three others are the Cleveland Browns, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Houston Texans.

The Lions had been final NFL champs in 1957; the primary Tremendous Bowl, pitting the winners of the NFL in opposition to the AFL after which the NFC and the AFC after the leagues merged, did not happen for one more decade.

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Penei Sewell of the Detroit Lions provides a speech within the crew huddle earlier than the NFC championship recreation in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday.Kevin Sabitus / Getty Photographs

If this recreation continues as is, that record might be down to a few.

Two possessions, two touchdowns for Detroit

David Montgomery plunged into the tip zone from 1 yard out because the Lions jumped out to a 14-0 lead over the shocked 49ers.

The Lions are main in first downs (8-3) and complete yards (137-45).

Nothing fancy from Detroit up to now. The working recreation and brief passes are geting it finished.

Lions get in first punch; 49ers fail to reply

Jake Moody missed from 48 yards out after the 49ers picked up three first downs.

The Niners confronted fourth-and-6 from the Detroit 30, and coach Kyle Shanahan opted from the sector aim.

He had made 4 of six tries from 40 to 49 yards within the common season.

Moody made 84% of his kicks within the common season, however was surprisingly iffy on kicks 40+ yards (6 of 9), and had one blocked final week from an analogous distance.

The daddy of 49ers kicker Jake Moody, predicted this may occur: His son’s crew taking part in in opposition to his beloved Lions in a high-stakes recreation.

However regardless of being longtime Lions followers, Moody’s mother and father plan to root for his or her son in in the present day’s NFC championship recreation. Rod Meloni of NBC affiliate WDIV of Detroit stories.

Detroit taking part in in solely its second NFC championship recreation

With a shot on the franchise’s first Tremendous Bowl look on the road, the Detroit Lions might be taking part in solely their second NFC championship recreation.

The final time the Lions went on this deep of a run was in 1991 after they misplaced 41-10 in opposition to Washington.

There’s a variety of concentrate on 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy, who had a troublesome recreation final week in opposition to the Packers.

An enormous third-down throw to Brandon Aiyuk from Purdy provides the Niners a primary down, although Aiyuk needed to make a superb play to cease an interception on the subsequent play.

Speeding might be the secret in NFC title recreation

With no delay, the Lions scored first, a Jameson Williams 42-yard landing run that included damaged tackles and a strong end. That rush-heavy assault from the Lions on their opening drive is in step with what we would anticipate all through the sport from each offenses.

The Lions and the 49ers had been each among the many high 5 groups within the league in 2023 for speeding yards and have a number of the league’s most fearsome rushers, together with 49ers RB Christian McCaffrey, the league’s main rusher, and Detriot’s David Montgomery and Jahmyr Gibbs, two of the highest 20 rushers this 12 months.

Lions draw first blood

With a bit trickery, Jameson Williams sprinted 42 yards on a large receiver reverse to pay filth, giving Detroit a 7-0 lead.

If final recreation is any lesson, the Lions will not rating once more til the 4th quarter.

One crew is headed to Las Vegas; the subsequent might be recognized quickly

The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs’ Tremendous Bowl opponent might be recognized in about three hours.

The Detroit Lions-San Francisco 49ers recreation has kicked off from Santa Clara, Calif.

As quickly because the Lions hit the sector, Detroit quarterback Jared Goff will get the possibility so as to add his title to a brief however notable record: QBs to steer two completely different franchises to Tremendous Bowls.

Goff’s work to deliver the Lions to their first title recreation since 1992 may assist him add his title to a listing that features Tom Brady (Buccaneers and Patriots), Kurt Warner (Cardinals and Rams), Peyton Manning (Broncos and Colts) and Craig Morton (Cowboys and Giants).

Goff presided over the Los Angeles Rams’ 2018 season, one which in the end led to a Tremendous Bowl look however fell wanting a title — the Rams misplaced to the New England Patriots and one other (future) member of that record, Brady, 13-3.

Taylor Swift celebrates on the sector with Travis Kelce

Following the Chiefs’ win, Swift celebrated on the sector with the crew and planted a giant kiss on Travis Kelce.

They embraced for a couple of lengthy hugs because the couple beamed on the achievement and Kelce’s near-perfect recreation.

The Detroit Lions are on the point of going to the Tremendous Bowl for the primary time ever — and their legion of followers are soaking within the pleasure. NBC Information’ Stephanie Gosk stories for “TODAY.”

For Detroit, a primary Tremendous Bowl look is inside attain

Whereas the 49ers have 5 Tremendous Bowl wins to their title, they final lifted the championship trophy in 1994. The final time they reached the ultimate, in 2020, they misplaced to Kansas Metropolis.

For the Lions, the await a Tremendous Bowl look has been even longer. Because the inaugural Tremendous Bowl in 1967, Detroit has by no means performed for the coveted trophy.

The crew does have a profitable pedigree to be pleased with — the 1935 NFL championship, in addition to league championships in 1952, 1953 and 1957 — however trendy occasions haven’t been type to it.

Chiefs in elite firm with sixth Tremendous Bowl look

With its victory, Kansas Metropolis heads to Las Vegas for its fourth Tremendous Bowl look in 5 seasons (it gained two of these). Tremendous Bowl 58 will even mark the Chiefs’ sixth look within the NFL’s championship recreation, which makes the franchise one in every of simply six with greater than 5 appearances within the Tremendous Bowl. 

  • 11 appearances: New England Patriots 
  • 8 appearances: Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 7 appearances: San Francisco 49ers
  • 6 appearances: Kansas Metropolis Chiefs

Kansas Metropolis broke what was a seven-way tie amongst groups with 5 Tremendous Bowls apiece. Admittedly, Kansas Metropolis had a head begin: The Chiefs featured in two of the primary 4 Tremendous Bowls.

Karma is the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs going to the Tremendous Bowl

The Chiefs, with a 17-10 victory over the Baltimore Ravens, might be taking part in for professional soccer’s championship in opposition to the Detroit Lions or the San Francisco 49ers.

Mahomes went 30-for-39 for 241 yards with a landing and no interceptions. Kelce was a risk all recreation, making 11 grabs for 116 yards and a landing.

Among the many many issues that ailed the Ravens this early Baltimore night — missed alternatives, pricey turnovers, frustration when it mattered probably the most — maybe the most costly had been the crew’s penalties. The yards accrued in opposition to the Ravens started to harm in a tangible approach. 

The Ravens have amassed eight penalties for 95 yards. You’ll be able to’t say, nevertheless, that wasn’t on model for the Ravens. Baltimore was among the many most penalized groups within the NFL in 2023, racking up practically 1,000 penalty yards within the common season, second worst within the league. 

2-minute warning and the Chiefs will go into victory formation

A large-open Marquez Valdes-Scantling catches a 32-yard go from Mahomes for what’s probably a game-clinching first down.

In case you’ve been watching the NFL for some time, the faces within the AFC championship recreation are more likely to be fairly acquainted by now — a minimum of amongst quarterbacks.

In accordance with NFL reporter Joe Schad, that is the thirteenth straight AFC championship that has featured both Tom Brady or Patrick Mahomes.

Find out how to watch the NFC championship

For many who understand this AFC recreation is over and are prepared to change …

The San Francisco 49ers (12-5) play the Detroit Lions at residence (12-5).

Watch it over the air: The sport will air on Fox at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Stream it: The sport might be streamed on NFL+, Sling TV, Fubo TV and Hulu + Dwell TV, in accordance with CBS.

The Ravens gave the Chiefs a primary down — and possibly extra yards than they meant.

After a penalty for too many males on the sector, the Ravens appeared to purposefully bounce offsides to get again to 1st and 10. However the Ravens hit a Chiefs offensive lineman laborious, leading to a 15-yard penalty. One other mistake.

Justin Tucker linked from 43 yards, and the Ravens are inside one rating at 17-10.

The Ravens want a three-and-out for any probability.

Travis Kelce simply notched his second playoff receiving report of the day

Travis Kelce has greater than 100 receiving yards on the day — his second playoff receiving report.

In accordance with ESPN, Kelce is now tied with Jerry Rice for many playoff video games (eight) with 100 or extra receiving yards.

The Chiefs have finished an ideal job of tackling Jackson within the open subject tonight. That is not simple to do.

There is a level the place the Ravens simply want to attain, any rating, fairly quickly.

Even a subject aim, like proper now, may put Baltimore ready to get again inside one rating with out having to do an onside kick.

After the groups traded touchdowns within the first quarter on lengthy go performs, it appeared like this will turn into a shootout between two of the very best quarterbacks within the league.

As an alternative, the defenses took over. There’s solely been 10 complete factors since and none up to now within the second half. Each groups had dominant defenses throughout the common season, however the offensive output on this recreation is beneath what most individuals anticipated.

One other Ravens cease and a good punt return. This recreation is not over but!

Decide you very a lot

Deon Bush intercepted Jackson ultimately zone, and it is laborious to see how Baltimore can rally now, down 17-7, as Okay.C. takes over at its personal 20 with 6:45 left.

The Ravens desperately wanted a minimum of a subject aim on this interception-ended possession.

Jackson slammed his helmet down coming off the sector after that interception. Arduous guilty him. Powerful evening.

Jackson had a variety of time to seek out an open receiver on a 3rd down and simply 1 yard earlier than he took a sack for a lack of 2 yards.

However the Ravens determined to go for it on fourth down on their very own 18-yard-line and transformed on a go to Beckham.

Chiefs D identical to Mahomes speeding: precisely what’s wanted when mandatory.

Ravens convert on fourth-and-3 from their very own 18 with a 6-yard toss to Odell Beckham Jr.

The Ravens have a faint pulse.

The Ravens’ protection will get one other cease, however an ideal punt pins Baltimore simply exterior its personal finish zone.

Jackson might want to go the size of the sector to remain on this recreation as time begins to turn into an element.

NFL Twitter is beginning to blame the Ravens’ new offensive coordinator for in the present day’s lackluster efficiency

Ravens offensive coordinator Todd Monken, who joined the crew this season, is coming in for criticism for his crew’s underperformance in the present day.

Monken took over as OC for longtime Ravens offensive guru Greg Roman, who stepped down after the 2022 season. Monken beforehand was offensive coordinator of the Georgia Bulldogs, with whom he gained back-to-back nationwide championships.

Fumble on the aim line might be finish of Ravens

Zay Flowers appeared to getting into for a TD to chop the result in 17-14 earlier than L’Jarius Sneed stripped the ball.

Kansas Metropolis’s Trent McDuffie recovered ultimately zone and the Chiefs took over on the touchback, nonetheless up 17-7.

L’Jarius Sneed simply gained the sport.

Chiefs quarter-hour from Las Vegas

The Ravens have to attain a TD right here, with a second down on the Kansas Metropolis 9 to begin the fourth quarter.

By 45 minutes, the Chiefs lead in first downs (18-10) and complete yards (265-225), however the Ravens can get again in it with a TD right here.

Massive play! Jackson connected with Zay Flowers on a giant 54-yard go play, however 15 yards got again on a taunting penalty.

The Ravens’ protection is doing what it will probably to make this a recreation.

One other punt provides Baltimore the ball and respectable subject place with lower than a minute to go within the third quarter.

The Ravens’ sputtering offense in the present day — in a house recreation — is stunning

Having scored simply seven factors with much less three minutes to go within the third quarter, the Ravens are vastly underperforming their traditional output.

Through the common motive, they averaged 28.7 factors per recreation.

And in every of their final seven residence video games, they’ve scored 31 or extra factors.

However Kansas Metropolis has the very best second-half protection within the league, having given up a median of simply seven factors.

Jim Nantz notes that it is beginning to rain fairly laborious in Baltimore. Would not look to be altering the sport simply but.

We cannot have to fret about that for the Tremendous Bowl in Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium, which is a dome.

Baltimore’s protection pressured its second consecutive Chiefs punt, opening the door for its offense to get the Ravens again in it.

Since scoring a TD on their first possession, the Ravens have punted 3 times and coughed up a fumble.

Baltimore was pressured to punt on its first possession of the third quarter, failing to money in on the Ravens’ defensive stand.

The Chiefs, up 17-7, have the ball again with one other probability to go up three scores.

Jackson actually ought to have been picked off there. A fairly questionable throw went by the arms of a Okay.C. defender.

The Ravens begin the second half with a much-needed cease.

Mahomes floated a go on third down, and there was some contact however no flag. Chiefs punt after simply three performs.

Chiefs protection matches with a three-and-out of their very own, forcing the Ravens to punt.

The Chiefs took a touchback to begin the second half at their very own 25 yard line, up 10 factors.

One of many flashiest gamers within the NFL has been absent from the Ravens’ offense in the present day.

Odell Beckham Jr., whom the Ravens signed as a free agent final April, has not been thrown to by QB Lamar Jackson.

Beckham, who made his debut in 2014, missed the 2022 season after profitable a Tremendous Bowl ring with the Los Angeles Rams however tearing his ACL.

The Ravens have solely 110 complete yards of offense by the primary half.

You generally is a Raven and a Swiftie — it is OK

All of Baltimore could also be rooting in opposition to Taylor Swift and the Chiefs in the present day, however Ravens kicker Justin Tucker will not deny her greatness — even on recreation day.

He referred to as Swift the “songbird of our era” in an interview.

Undecided if he’ll nonetheless really feel that approach if the rating holds within the second half.

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A fan holds an indication for Taylor Swift earlier than the AFC championship recreation between the Baltimore Ravens and the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs in Baltimore on Sunday.Matt Slocum / AP

It is 17-7 Okay.C.

The Chiefs personal each main metric of this AFC title recreation.

Kansas Metropolis outgained Baltimore, 221-110, it had extra first downs, 16-5, and it pressured the sport’s solely turnover.

The acquainted pairing of Mahomes and Kelce has fueled this dominant Okay.C. first half. Mahomes is 20-for-25 for 161 yards, and his favourite goal, Kelce, has 9 grabs for 96 yards and a TD.

If not for a key fourth-down cease by the Ravens, this recreation may already be past attain for Baltimore.

The Ravens go into halftime down 10 — however it might be worse.

An enormous cease after a Baltimore turnover helped maintain this recreation shut, as did a holding name that negated a landing there on the finish of the half. The Ravens offense hasn’t discovered any rhythm. The Chiefs offense appears nice and can get the ball to begin the half.

However I am unable to assist however really feel just like the Chiefs ought to be up by extra.

Chiefs prolong lead simply earlier than halftime

Harrison Butker linked from 52 yards out as Kansas Metropolis prolonged its result in 17-7.

Whereas the Ravens at the moment are down by two scores, holding Kansas Metropolis out of the tip zone was a mini-win for the house aspect.

Kansas Metropolis will get the ball to begin the third quarter.

Chief middle Trey Smith picked up back-to-back holding penalties, the second wiping out a landing.

The Ravens first penalty was a giant one, as Kyle Van Noy was flagged for a private foul for an after-play scuffle with Kelce. That is 15 free yards for the Chiefs, who had been backed up near their very own aim line.

And one other one! A roughing the passer name on the Ravens. That is 30 free yards with the Chiefs trying to rating to shut the half.

And one other 15 yards, as Travis Jones roughed the passer with a pointless swipe to Mahomes’ face, in a play that drew comparability to the clothesline deal with of “The Longest Yard.” What’s Baltimore doing?

Ravens followers can boo that second name all they need however Mahomes clearly acquired hit fairly laborious within the head by a lineman.

The Ravens had been pressured to punt in what’s going to probably be their final possession of the primary half.

Kansas Metropolis gained the coin flip and elected to take the ball to begin the third quarter.

So in principle, the Chiefs may take a three-score lead with out Baltimore ever touching the ball — by scoring on this final possession of the primary half after which on their first shot of the second half.

After catching his personal go when the ball was tipped on the line of scrimmage, Ravens QB Lamar Jackson no longer solely leads his crew in passing and speeding yards, however can also be second in receiving yards with 13.

Wasn’t that nice of a primary half for Jackson although, he completed at 5 for 12 passing for 67 yards. Looks like he’ll must do higher within the second half if they will come again.

We have reached the two-minute warning for the primary half with the Ravens on offense. They’re aiming to tie it earlier than half time, with the Chiefs getting the ball to begin the third quarter

The Ravens could not get it finished and punted it to the Chiefs, who’ll begin on their very own 11-yard line with 1:46 left within the half.

Lamar Jackson caught a ball that he threw after it was tipped on the line and hung within the air for a couple of perilous seconds. Jackson then ran forward for a 13 yard recreation.

Announcers Jim Nantz and Tony Romo instantly christened it among the best performs you will ever see … they usually’re in all probability not incorrect.

It didn’t quantity to a lot, as Kansas Metropolis pressured a punt moments later. The odd completion did assist Baltimore with a couple of yards of subject place.

Big cease by the Ravens

Baltimore stopped Kansas Metropolis on fourth-and-1 from the 13.

Pacheco went up the center the place he was met by Kyle Hamilton and Travis Jones, holding this a one-score recreation. That is a missed alternative at a golden probability to increase its 14-7 edge.

Positive appeared like Kelce acquired the primary down on the play earlier than, however Andy Reid opted to not problem.

I did too however that replay confirmed refs acquired it proper

Kelce breaks Jerry Rice’s postseason catch report

Travis Kelce simply broke NFL Corridor of Famer Jerry Rice’s report for many catches within the playoffs along with his 152nd reception.

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Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs catches a go in opposition to the Baltimore Ravens, in Baltimore, in the present day.Patrick Smith / Getty Photographs

The remainder of the top-5 is rounded out by former New England Patriots Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman, now each retired; and former Chiefs standout and present Miami Dolphin Tyreek Hill.

The Chiefs, up 14-7, pressured the primary recreation’s turnover as Jackson fumbled.

The Ravens QB was again to go when Charles Omenihu sacked him, forcing the fumble recovered by George Karlaftis.

The Chiefs at the moment are in prime place to take a two-score lead at Baltimore’s 33.

A sequence of trades and accidents have made Chiefs rookie Rashee Rice a key to the Chiefs’ passing recreation.

By the primary quarter, Rice, 23, has 4 receptions for 35 yards.

Final month, Rice set the Chiefs’ report for many landing catches by a rookie.

Within the wake of the departure of standout receiver Tyreek Hill and following an damage to teammate Kadarius Toney, Rice is now Mahomes’ major goal at vast receiver.

Simply an unimaginable begin from Mahomes. He is extending performs along with his pocket consciousness, making robust throws and getting first downs along with his legs.

Jackson has been good as properly, and he’ll wish to reply after that Chiefs TD.

The Chiefs offense appears sharp up to now, selecting up 9 first downs within the first quarter-hour.

Kansas Metropolis has out gained host Baltimore 124 yards to 78 yards, with Mahomes finishing his first 10 passes.

If that Ravens celebration after their first landing appeared acquainted…

It is as a result of Taylor did the identical “swag surf” celebration final week.

Maryland’s governor noticed shotgunning a beer with Ravens followers

Maryland Gov. Wes Moore was not about to overlook a possibility to bond with constituents forward of Sunday’s marquee matchup.

Moore, 45, was noticed earlier than the sport shotgunning a beer within the car parking zone of M&T Financial institution Stadium.

The Baltimore Banner’s sports activities account Tweeted the footage:

A Rhodes scholar, Moore took workplace final 12 months.

Mahomes good up to now

After that catch by Kelce for a primary down, Mahomes is 8 for 8 for 76 yards and one landing as we close to the tip of the primary quarter.

On the finish of the primary quarter, Mahomes completed a still-perfect 10 for 10 for 86 yards.

The streak ended after 11.

Landing Ravens, 7-7.

Jackson connected with Zay Flowers on a outstanding 30-yard TD go.

The Ravens QB amazingly escaped the push of Chiefs LB Leo Chenal to heave the ball deep to Flowers.

Recreation paused explanation for… a drone?

The sport had an sudden pause — an administrative timeout — that despatched viewers to business.

When the sport got here again, Jim Nantz stated it was due to a drone. We do not know rather more than that, a minimum of for now. Drone incidents have been an ongoing downside, one which the NFL and members of Congress have expressed issues about.

Ravens tight finish Mark Andrews along with his first catch of the sport — and his first catch since week 11 of the NFL common season.

Andrews was recovering from a critical ankle damage that left Baltimore with out one in every of its high offensive weapons.

Massive early gamble by Ravens

The Ravens risked fourth-and-1 from their very own 34 and Lamar Jackson made it work for a 21-yard acquire.

Each groups have now transformed fourth-down performs, although Kansas Metropolis’s gamble had decrease threat on the Baltimore 41. The Ravens risked giving up the ball at their very own 34.


Mahomes discovered Kelce for a 19-yard landing because the Chiefs jumped on high, 7-0.

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Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs celebrates after a landing in opposition to the Baltimore Ravens, in Baltimore, in the present day.Patrick Smith / Getty Photographs

Moments earlier, the tight finish caught a 13-yard go on fourth-and-2 from the Baltimore 41 to maintain this drive alive.

The Chiefs have now scored on their opening possession in eight straight playoff video games.

There’s been some murmurs of Kelce slowing down this season. Big 4th down seize and an ideal catch for the TD already. Massive gamers present up in huge video games, as they are saying.

Chiefs convert early on fourth down

Mahomes and Kelce connected on a key 13-yard completion on fourth-and-2 from the Baltimore 41.

The Chiefs have scored on their first possession in seven consecutive playoff video games.

Balanced assault by Chiefs

To date, the Chiefs have referred to as 5 working performs and 4 passing ones on their drive, accumulating greater than 60 yards and consuming up greater than 5 minutes on the clock.

It is a bit moist and windy in Baltimore in the present day, and that would have an effect on the passing recreation.

The Ravens stated on X {that a} pre-game flyover was canceled as a result of climate.

Chiefs have the ball

After a fast three-and-out by the Ravens, the Chiefs now have the ball. They began with a go to Kelce for 4 yards.

We’re underneath approach in Baltimore

The Chiefs gained the toss and have deferred, in order that they’ll have the ball to begin the second half.

Kansas Metropolis kicker Harrison Butker knocks it by the endzone for a touchback.

Ravens favored to win

As kickoff approaches in Baltimore, the Ravens stay 4.5-point favorites over the visiting Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.

Baltimore opened as a 3.5-point selection however bettors have been placing cash on the Ravens to push that line up.

CBS Sports activities hosts largely choose the Ravens to win

Phil Simms, Invoice Cowher, Nate Burleson and J.J. Watt all predicted the house Ravens would emerge victorious in the present day.

Solely Boomer Esiason selected the Chiefs, citing quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ previous pedigree profitable huge video games as his motive.

Newer Tremendous Bowl appearances

The Chiefs and the 49ers have been frequent guests to the Tremendous Bowl in recent times, even taking part in in opposition to every 4 seasons in the past.

The Chiefs are defending champs and in addition took residence the Lombardi Trophy in 2020 in opposition to San Francisco. They had been within the ultimate recreation the next season however misplaced to Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Bucs.

Moreover the loss to the Chiefs 4 seasons in the past, the Niners had been additionally runners-up in opposition to the Ravens within the 2013 title recreation.

The Ravens have made two Tremendous Bowls, in 2001 and 2013, profitable each of them.

The Lions have by no means performed within the Tremendous Bowl.

Jim Harbaugh about to be NFL rival of brother John

He’s a Michigan Man who desires a Lombardi Trophy.

Newly employed Los Angeles Chargers coach Jim Harbaugh, brother of Ravens coach John, stated it was a troublesome selection to depart Michigan simply after profitable the nationwide school title.

“I really like Michigan, however I really like the NFL too and there’s no Lombardi Trophy in school soccer,” Harbaugh informed CBS Sports activities forward of the AFC title recreation. “I acquired so many sands left within the hourglass and I wish to take a crack at that.” 

Harbaugh was 44-19-1 as coach of the San Francisco 49ers however was primarily pushed out resulting from conflicts with administration. His 49ers had been famously defeated by brother John’s Ravens within the 2013 Tremendous Bowl as a rally by the Colin Kaepernick-led Niners fell simply brief.

Taylor in the home

Taylor Swift arrived at MT&T Stadium in Baltimore to assist her boyfriend, Kansas Metropolis Chiefs tight finish Travis Kelce.

Swift first confirmed as much as a Chiefs recreation to cheer on Kelce on Sept. 24 when Okay.C. beat the Chicago Bears.

She’s been to video games on Oct. 1 (at Jets), Oct. 12 (vs. Broncos), Oct. 22 (vs. Chargers), Dec. 3 (at Inexperienced Bay), Dec. 10 (vs. Payments), Dec. 17 (at Patriots), Dec. 25 (Raiders), Dec. 31 (Bengals), Jan. 13 (Dolphins) and Jan. 21 (at Payments).

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The place does Taylor Swift get all her Chiefs merch from?

Taylor Swift’s apparel by no means goes out of fashion — even when it’s soccer themed. 

Since September, the pop star has been photographed cheering on boyfriend Travis Kelce at Kansas Metropolis Chiefs video games whereas sporting crimson classic crew attire. It’s prompted many on-line to ask the place Swift will get the crew swag from.

A few of her appears are one-of-a-kind finds or had been customized made for her. A lot of the Chiefs gear Swift has sported comes from native shops and impartial vogue designers.

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QBs Mahomes and Jackson face-off for first time since 2021

The championship will see the Tremendous Bowl’s MVP, Patrick Mahomes, in his sixth AFL championship in a row. He could also be aiming for receiver Travis Kelce, additionally a six-in-a-row AFL championship veteran.

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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, Kansas Metropolis Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.AP/Getty Photographs

The 2 surpassed Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski for probably the most playoff scores by a quarterback-receiver duo.

The Ravens gained 36-35 the final time the 2 groups met, throughout the common season in 2021, with quarterback Lamar Jackson’s landing from third and aim securing a Ravens victory over the Chiefs.

‘SNL’ expresses a soccer fan’s lament — the final video games of the NFL season

“Saturday Evening Dwell” noticed the glass half empty final evening because it depicted an NFL broadcast crew grappling with the tip of the league’s season.

“I anticipate this to be an all-out battle for the subsequent three hours, after which after that, it is throughout,” Andrew Dismukes, showing as Tony Romo, says within the present’s chilly open.

“After in the present day it is simply … it is finished,” he says. The Tremendous Bowl, he argues, is not “actual soccer.”

“The Tremendous Bowl is for commercials and Usher and individuals who by no means watch soccer asking what number of factors a contact down is value,” Dismukes says. “Immediately’s the final actual soccer day for simply us guys.”

One other commentator asks what males are speculated to do on Sundays now — “simply go to their associates’ homes for no motive?”

A broadcaster performed by Kenan Thompson says with a touch of self-awareness, “There’s no different dwell TV that’s even remotely watchable.”

Soccer followers throughout the nation are celebrating after they had been stunned with tickets to the Tremendous Bowl in Las Vegas. NBC Information’ Kate Snow has extra on these moments of pleasure and celebration.

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Maryland, Kansas governors make pleasant guess: Over a crew from Missouri?

Maryland Gov. Wes Moore and Kansas counterpart Laura Kelly have a pleasant wager on the AFC title recreation, that includes a crew from Missouri?

Maryland crab muffins and Kansas steaks might be on the road when the Ravens and Chiefs conflict in Baltimore this afternoon.

We hope and assume everybody concerned is aware of the Chiefs play in Kansas Metropolis, the place practically 510,000 folks dwell … within the state of Missouri. It is the biggest metropolis within the Present Me State.

Reps for Moore and Missouri Gov. Mike Parson couldn’t be instantly reached for touch upon Sunday.

Travis Kelce says so long as he and Taylor Swift are ‘pleased … that’s all that issues’

Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift aren’t regarding themselves with the opinions of others, so long as they’re pleased.

Whereas answering questions from reporters Friday forward of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs’ look within the AFC championship recreation in opposition to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, Kelce was requested whether or not he and Swift have mentioned easy methods to take care of the media consideration swarming their love story.

“I imply, the one factor we’ve talked about is so long as we’re pleased, we are able to’t hearken to something that’s exterior noise,” Kelce stated. “That’s all that issues.”

It stays unclear whether or not Swift might be in Baltimore this weekend, however Kylie Kelce, Jason Kelce’s spouse, informed “Good Morning America” they plan to be there to cheer on their little brother.

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Baltimore internet hosting first AFC championship recreation in 53 years

BALTIMORE — The final time Baltimore hosted an AFC championship recreation, town was having fun with fairly a sports activities renaissance.

The Orioles had gained the World Sequence a couple of months earlier. Then the Colts adopted with a Tremendous Bowl title. Even the native basketball crew made an look within the NBA Finals.

“It actually felt, a minimum of to a 9-year-old, just like the axis of the Earth ran by Baltimore,” stated Gerry Sandusky, who’s now the radio voice of the Baltimore Ravens. “You had Johnny Unitas, you had Brooks Robinson, you had Wes Unseld. You had these three actually nice groups.”

When the Ravens tackle the Chiefs in the present day, Baltimore might be again within the highlight in a approach that’s a bit extra uncommon nowadays. It’s the primary AFC title recreation right here since January 1971, when the Colts — with Sandusky’s father John as a line coach — beat the Oakland Raiders. Over a half-century later, and with a distinct NFL franchise representing Baltimore, Allure Metropolis will once more function a gateway to the Tremendous Bowl.

With the Tremendous Bowl at a predetermined website every year, the convention championship is mostly the largest recreation you may host.

“To a big diploma, that is the final true soccer recreation. After this, it’s simply two weeks of pageantry and celeb and company crowds,” Sandusky stated. “It’s only a very completely different animal. That is the tip of the highway for the die-hard followers who’ve been at residence supporting the crew all 12 months, which is what makes it so particular.”

Sixth straight AFC title recreation for Chiefs

The Chiefs are showing tonight of their sixth straight AFC championship recreation, a streak solely topped by the Patriots.

The Patriots’ eight-season run spanned the 2011 to 2018 seasons.

The Patriots haven’t made it again to the convention championship for the reason that 2018 season, after they beat the Chiefs to advance to the Tremendous Bowl, which in addition they gained.

Find out how to watch the AFC championship

The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (11-6) are in Baltimore to play the Ravens (13-4).

Watch it over the air: The sport is scheduled to air on native CBS stations on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.

Stream it: In case your tv is a pc, the sport might be streamed with a subscription to Paramount+. A subscription to NFL+, Hulu TV + Dwell TV or Fubo TV will even enable recreation streaming, in accordance with CBS.

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