February 20, 2024
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Baltimore Ravens rookie large receiver Zay Flowers had a disastrous drive within the AFC Championship Recreation on the finish of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth.

First, Flowers and Lamar Jackson related on a 54-yard play towards the tip of the third quarter. Flowers beat Chiefs cornerback L’Jarius Sneed on the play. 

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Baltimore Ravens large receiver Zay Flowers fumbles into the tip zone through the second half of the AFC Championship Recreation, Jan. 28, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Picture/Matt Slocum)

After he was tackled to finish the 54-yard move and catch, Flowers pushed Sneed’s shoulders again right down to the bottom and spun the soccer close to his face. The referees known as a penalty on Flowers for taunting. It was a pivotal 15-yard penalty that pushed the Ravens backward.

He later stored the drive alive with a clutch first down. Because the third quarter ended, Flowers was the goal of the primary play of the fourth quarter. He tried to get into the tip zone, however Sneed punched the ball away simply earlier than Flowers crossed the aim line.

The Chiefs recovered the fumble ultimately zone. It was the Ravens’ second turnover of the sport.

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Zay Flowers of the Baltimore Ravens runs with the ball in opposition to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, Jan. 28, 2024, in Baltimore. (Rob Carr/Getty Photographs)

Flowers got here again to the tip zone and banged his hand in frustration, reducing his hand. The published confirmed his hand bloodied.

Flowers confronted criticism on X whereas some others didn’t assume Flowers ought to’ve been known as for taunting.

“Zay Flowers must gradual his roll… You possibly can’t be that chippy and costing your staff 15 once you’re down 2 scores. C’mon, man,” NFL journalist Bonnie Bernstein wrote on X.

NFL Community’s Dan Hanzus wrote, “Zay Flowers with one of many wilder five-play sequences in NFL historical past.”

“Let the blokes taunt,” Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow.

“All time meltdown Zay Flowers yikes. Thats a hat trick,” WFAN Radio’s Keith McPherson wrote.

Lamar Jackson upset

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson reacts after teammate Zay Flowers was known as for taunting in opposition to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, Jan. 28, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Picture/Alex Brandon)

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Flowers was main the staff with 5 catches for 115 yards and had a landing catch early within the recreation.

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