Lamar Jackson rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns as the Baltimore Ravens beat Kansas City Chiefs to Patrick Mahomes 36-35 in a clash of former league MVPs.
Jackson overcame two interceptions in the first quarter with a dynamic second-half performance to overtake Mahomes for the first time in four games since 2018.
The Ravens also rebounded from a frustrating early-season loss to the Las Vegas Raiders in Nevada last Monday. 2019 MVP Jackson fumbled late in the game to give the Raiders the chance to snatch the overtime victory.
Jackson started Sunday as he left in Game 1 with a pair of first-half errors that led to steals against the Chiefs. But he recovered and was able to improvise with a patchwork attack still trying to cope with the loss of three running backs to injuries before the start of the season.
âMy team supported me all the time,â Jackson said. “It was a team effort. We lost the first week on Monday night, but everyone stayed focused. It was a tough game.”
A late fumble from the Chiefs’ Clyde Edwards-Helaire helped Jackson seal the win with a stealthy fourth quarterback for a first down that saw them run out of time.
“The coach asked me if we had to go. I said we had to go. I just wanted to put points on the board,” said Jackson.
Jackson also threw for 239 yards, rallying Baltimore to an 11-point deficit.
Mahomes had 343 yards and three touchdowns, but threw September’s first interception of his career.
Elsewhere, Tom Brady threw five touchdown passes and Mike Edwards returned two interceptions in the fourth quarter for scores as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Atlanta Falcons 48-25.
âI definitely wish I had made a few better shots,â Brady said. “But it’s good to get the win. 2-0. There are a lot of things to build on.”
Seven-time Super Bowl winner Brady completed 24 of 36 passes for 276 yards on Sunday and pitched for nine touchdowns in the first two games. Ten different receivers have caught at least one assist this season, Mike Evans has caught five for 75 yards against the Falcons.
Brady beat Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who finished 35 of 46 for 300 yards and two scores, but also threw three interceptions in front of a crowd of 63,600 in Tampa, Fla.
Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley caught seven passes for 63 yards and a touchdown.
Tampa Bay escaped in the fourth quarter when Brady threw a 12-yard touchdown at Chris Godwin with just over nine minutes to go.
Edwards intercepted Matt Ryan less than 90 seconds later and brought him down to 31 yards in the end zone to make it 41-25. Edwards sealed the result with just over four minutes left with a 15-yard interception return.
In Pittsburgh, Derek Carr had 382 yards and two touchdowns as Las Vegas beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-17.
Carr completed 28 of 37 assists, including a pair of clutch assists in the fourth quarter, as the Raiders have improved to 2-0 this season.
In Los Angeles, kicker Greg Zuerlein drilled a 56-yard field goal with no time left to lift the Dallas Cowboys against the Los Angeles Chargers 20-17 at SoFi Stadium.
The Cowboys running game racked up a total of 198 yards. Tony Pollard led with 109 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries.
Quarterback Dak Prescott completed 23 of 27 passes for 237 yards and one interception. CeeDee Lamb led the Cowboys with eight receptions for 81 yards.
In addition, Randy Bullock scored four field goals, including one from 36 yards with 4:50 left in overtime, as the Tennessee Titans rallied to defeat the Seattle Seahawks 33-30.