Baltimore Ravens In American professional sports, the least significant winning streak has come to an end.
Baltimore Ravens With nine seconds left, Washington Commanders kicker Joey Slye connected on a 49-yard field goal to defeat Ravens, 29-28.
The Baltimore Ravens had won 24 consecutive preseason games going back to 2016.
With four minutes left in the game, Washington was one yard away from tying it at 28, but Baltimore Ravens cornerback Kyu Kelly stopped Commanders fullback Alex Armah after he grabbed a pass in the flat from backup quarterback Jake Fromm, preventing the Commanders from scoring.
With quarterback Anthony Brown Jr. leading the way, the Baltimore Ravens were unable to extend the game. With 69 seconds left, Washington had a 4th-and-11 on their own side of the field and were saved by a pass interference call that continued the drive.
Slye’s shot was within reach after a successful eight-yard connection between Fromm and Kazmeir Allen.
Fromm claimed he wasn’t thinking much about ending the Baltimore Ravens’ streak because his attention was on determining where the pressure was coming from. John Harbaugh, the head coach of Baltimore, argued that people who saw the run as a compilation of pointless victories were completely mistaken.
“Because you never played,” Harbaugh remarked. You never participated in a preseason game, I’m sorry. You never had to compete for a position. Then you have the gall to claim that someone’s effort to compete in and win a game like that is pointless.
According to Harbaugh, there are numerous factors that contributed to the streak’s length. It is a reflection of the organization’s practices, meetings, player development programs, and collegiate and professional game scouting for depth players.
“Football and the men — and women, today — who play the game are what it comes down to in the end. It demonstrates why this game is so fantastic and why it is so important, according to Harbaugh. “Because it necessitates such efforts. It’s a game for brave individuals who aren’t afraid to put themselves in uncomfortable, challenging situations. Physicality. Playing this game and fighting like that require that type of tenacity. The majority of football fans enjoy it for the aforementioned reason. They recognize the effort required to compete.
On the game’s opening drive, cornerback Emmanuel Forbes of the Commanders (16th overall) and wideout Zay Flowers of the Baltimore Ravens (22nd overall) lined up opposite one another. Flowers caught his first throw for an 11-yard gain and later in the drive found plenty of open ground on a play action pass, which he took 26 yards to the house for his first career touchdown.
Sam Howell, the Commanders’ starter as quarterback, completed 19 of his 25 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns, both coming in the closing two minutes of the first half. The first 30 minutes of the game were risky for Washington coach Ron Rivera in keeping his offensive starters in; wide receiver Terry McLaurin groused as he left the field due to a toe ailment.
It’s really not a true game, but you still want to win, no matter whose team you’re on,” Howell said.
It was a lot of fun to see and participate in.
Undrafted rookie tight end Travis Vokolek from Nebraska grabbed two touchdown passes for the Baltimore Ravens in the second half.
Since 2021, when the Baltimore Ravens won their 20th straight game, they have held the record for the most consecutive preseason victories, surpassing the Green Bay Packers’ (1959–1962) most prolific run of domination (under famed coach Vince Lombardi).
The teams had two combined workouts at the Baltimore Ravens’ facility in Owings Mills, Maryland, the week before, so the game on Monday felt comfortable. The offensive line of Washington and the defensive front of the Baltimore Ravens got into two skirmishes during the latter practice, and that tension persisted.
Sam Cosmi of Washington’s right guard performed his “Griddy” celebration following a score. Cosmi, who had been involved in the practice altercations, downplayed the Baltimore Ravens’ preseason record over the weekend.
“I think this record is foolish. Who really cares about preseason games, I mean? Cosmi informed the press. “Great if we defeat it. There we go. We’re going to defeat it.