Top-two NFL team Christmas Day saw Baltimore Ravens beat San Francisco 49ers. Baltimore won an exciting triple header 33-19 on Monday as San Francisco quarterback Brock Purdy, a potential MVP candidate, had his worst game since joining the league. After many blunders, Taylor Swift's Kansas City Chiefs lost their division 20-14 at home to the Las Vegas Raiders.
The Eagles upset the Giants 33-25 after three straight losses despite fighting hard. The Ravens won comfortably as Lamar Jackson defeated Purdy for MVP. Late season games between the NFL's top two teams are unusual. Purdy, who had been nearly perfect this season, threw four interceptions and left with a shoulder injury in the fourth quarter as the Ravens dominated.
Jackson, unlike Purdy, threw two touchdowns in 18 seconds each side of an interception and added 45 yards rushing to his 252 passing yards, capturing league MVP in 2019. "I thought Lamar had an MVP performance tonight," said Ravens coach John Favre. The MVP must play well, but a team may. He covered field." San Francisco leads the NFC by a tiebreaker over the Eagles and Detroit Lions,
who want the division, a first-round bye, and home playoff advantage despite being 11-4. The Ravens play their closest rivals, the 11-4 Miami Dolphins, in another crucial AFC number one seed game next week. "We play a brand of football people don't want to play," said Ravens linebacker Patrick Queen. Hard to deny the Ravens' 6-1 playoff record.
The Kansas City Chiefs lost a rare game against the Las Vegas Raiders after two major blunders on consecutive plays yielded two defensive scores. Popstar watched at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs missed a field goal and had more receivers drop passes from an irate Patrick Mahomes after the Raiders scored on back-to-back fumble and interception recoveries.
After one quarter, the Raiders became the first team since 2000 and sixth away team to win at Arrowhead Stadium without a touchdown. Vegas Aidan O'Connell passed for 48 yards. Andy Reid's team loses the top spot and a postseason bye by waiting for an eighth AFC West title. Mahomes may play his first career play-off game on the road if the Chiefs want to return to the Super Bowl, but he feels they can improve.
"I still believe that we can go do what we want to do," adds. We can defeat anyone if we tidy up. I believe it, but we must prove it." Another Philadelphia Eagles 'tush push' one-yard specialty run gave Jalen Hurts a record 15th running touchdown of the season, the most by an NFL quarterback, and ended a three-game losing streak.
Philadelphia defeated the Giants 11-4 to lead the NFC East and challenge the Cowboys for the divisional crown. An opponent scored on a pick six after Hurts passed for 301 yards and another touchdown. Philadelphia nearly surrendered 17 points. The Eagles struggle despite the crucial win. "We've won 11 games but aren't playing well," said Smith. Not offensively appealing. We're apart. My mood is bad."