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Game Recap: Ravens 20, Eagles 19

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A valiant effort from the Eagles fell just short as they lose by one in Baltimore. The Ravens extended their preseason winning streak to 24 games thanks to a big day from veteran kicker Justin Tucker.

Most of the starters for both sides dressed for warmups, but did not feature in the game. Eagles Head Coach Nick Sirianni noted the upcoming joint practices with the Cleveland Browns as to why the likes of Jalen Hurts, Jason Kelce, and others did not play. Sirianni did have running backs D'Andre Swift and Rashaad Penny dress for limited play time.

"I always like for the running backs to get tackled in preseason, so the first time they are getting tackled is not in game one of the regular season," Sirianni said.

First Quarter

  • After overcoming a 3rd-and-13 and a 4th-and-1, the Eagles put points on the board early. Jake Elliott finished off the opening drive with a 45-yard field goal. (Eagles 3 - Ravens 0)
  • "Converting those situations creates momentum," quarterback Marcus Mariota said. "That is what ultimately got us in scoring range. You don't always want to live in those situations, but to convert those third-and-longs was huge."
  • Jalen Carter made his presence known on his first snap in the league! The rookie beat Ben Cleveland off the line and put a quarterback hit on Josh Johnson. As a result, the Ravens quarterback fired his third down pass into the ground, forcing a punt.
  • After a big drive from Greg Ward (3 REC, 27 YDS), Jake Elliott had the chance to add to the Eagles lead, but missed his second field goal attempt wide right.

Second Quarter

  • The Ravens started with great field position to begin the quarter and they capitalized. Johnson hit Devin Duvernay with a 7-yard pass in the right corner of the endzone. (Ravens 7 - Eagles 3)
  • Led by Tanner McKee, the offense quickly answered the Ravens touchdown. Jake Elliott made his second field goal of the evening, drilling a 49-yard kick through the uprights. McKee went 2-for-5 on his first NFL drive, finding Tyrie Cleveland twice, both beautiful passes. (Ravens 7 - Eagles 6)
  • "Putting on an Eagles uniform, it was surreal," McKee said. "I am super excited to get every opportunity that I have."
  • After a defensive stop, the Eagles put seven on the board thanks to Trey Sermon who powered his way through the defense for a 2-yard score. The play was set up by a wonderful back shoulder throw from McKee to Cleveland. The rookie quarterback also found Johnny King with a 33-yard pass on 3rd-and-11 to keep the drive alive. Sermon totaled 13 yards rushing on the drive. (Eagles 13 - Ravens 7)
  • To end the half, the Ravens used the final 1:08 to march down the field and get a last second field goal. Justin Tucker drilled a 60-yard kick through the uprights to trim the Eagles lead. (Eagles 13 - Ravens 10)

Third Quarter

  • On the first drive of the second half, the Ravens ended a 13-play, 75-yard drive with a touchdown. Tyler Huntley, getting his first action of the night, found Tylan Wallace with a pinpoint pass in the left corner of the endzone. Wallace adjusted to the throw and made a superb catch, keeping both feet in. (Ravens 17 - Eagles 13)
  • Long snapper Rick Lovato recovered a muffed punt, forced by Mekhi Garner, on the Baltimore 14-yard-line after Ty Zentner placed his first career punt inside the 10-yard-line. Linebacker Shuan Bradley was carted off the field and consoled by his teammates after suffering an injury on the play. Bradley was ruled OUT with a lower leg injury, per the team. The offense knocked on the door, but could not convert a 4th-and-3 just seven yards from the goal line.

Fourth Quarter

  • With the Eagles trailing by four, Ian Book grabbed his helmet and led the team out for the final quarter. After two rushes and a first down from Book, Kennedy Brooks fumbled on his second carry of the drive.
  • The Eagles defense did a good job to deny the Ravens from finding the endzone following the fumble. However, Tucker drilled another field goal to put Baltimore up by seven. (Ravens 20 - Eagles 13)
  • Down by a touchdown, the Eagles offense marched into Ravens' territory, but on 3rd-and-8, Book was sacked by Daryl Worley for a 21-yard loss.
  • Eli "Pick Six" Ricks intercepted Anthony Brown's pass along the right sideline on Baltimore's second play of the drive. The 31-yard touchdown gave Sirianni the chance to try a two-point play with his offense. With an opportunity to take the lead, Book could not connect with wide receiver Joseph Ngata. (Ravens 20 - Eagles 19)
  • "At least I know the nickname still works," Ricks said. "I hope to keep that name forever, I just got to keep making plays."
  • Needing a Field Goal to take the lead, the Eagles found themselves in another fourth down situation. On his own 44-yard-line, Book's pass sailed just over the head of Sermon, resulting in a turnover on downs.
  • The Ravens run game, which included quarterback Brown, sealed the win with two crucial first down conversions, one following the two-minute warning. (Final: Ravens 20 - Eagles 19)
  • "The Ravens are always a tough team to play," Sirianni said. "They have always been well coached, I have a lot of respect for coach (John) Harbaugh."

Notable Player Stats

  • Marcus Mariota: 7/11, 58 YDS (29 YDS Rushing)
  • Tanner McKee: 10/20, 140 YDS
  • Tyrie Cleveland: 10 TAR, 5 REC, 68 YDS
  • Greg Ward: 5 TAR, 5 REC, 53 YDS
  • Rashaad Penny: 9 ATT, 34 YDS
  • Sydney Brown: 9 TKL
  • K'Von Wallace: 5 TKL, 1 FF
  • Eli Ricks: 1 INT, 2 PD