The Breakdown: Eisenberg’s Five Thoughts on Win Over Chiefs

Although it was a night when Jackson made so many big plays that you almost lost count, the VERY biggest play for the Ravens came from Odafe Oweh, the rookie linebacker. Down by a point, the Chiefs were on the move in the final minutes, in range to kick a field goal that would probably win the game and drive a dagger into the Ravens. You could almost see it coming, feel it coming – the “heartbreakingly great effort that fell just short” plotline. The Ravens weren’t exactly down to a prayer, but they needed someone to make a play, and it didn’t seem one was coming. Then Oweh made one. He ripped the ball from Kansas City running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, then fell on it, giving the Ravens possession with 76 seconds to play. Mahomes never took another snap. “It’s the kind of play we envisioned him making when we drafted him,” Harbaugh said. Oweh has only played in two regular-season NFL games so far, but he has stood out in both with his combination of size, speed and instincts. It really helps a team when a rookie becomes a difference-maker, and Oweh, it seems, is just that.

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