This turning point is what doomed the Ravens in AFC Championship Game

When did it feel like the game was offically not going Baltimore's way?

AFC Championship - Kansas City Chiefs v Baltimore Ravens
AFC Championship - Kansas City Chiefs v Baltimore Ravens / Patrick Smith/GettyImages

It felt like this was the Baltimore Ravens' year to make the Super Bowl and hoist the Lombardi Trophy for the first time since 2013. Alas, it wasn't meant to be, as the Kansas City Chiefs came into M&T Bank Stadium and stifled the Ravens, winning 17-10 and advancing to their fourth Super Bowl in five years.

In the week leading up to this game, all people could fixate on with this game was how good the Ravens defense had been all season. They locked the Chiefs offense down in the second half but unfortunately, all KC needed to win this game was 17 points, as the Chiefs defense also came to play, holding Baltimore to just 10 points.

The Ravens offense had opportunities to win this game but when push came to shove, they made uncharacteristic mistakes and that cost them in the end.

Breaking down the turning point in Ravens AFC Championship loss

The moment when it truly felt as though the Ravens weren't meant to win this game came at the very beginning of the fourth quarter. Lamar Jackson had connected on a 54-yard pass to Zay Flowers to get the Ravens down to the KC 10-yard line. Flowers then decided to taunt L'Jarius Sneed by standing over him and laughing at him and it cost the Ravens 15 yards.

Now they were on the Chiefs' 25-yard line and were able to get the ball to the KC 9-yard line and it felt like the game was finally going to swing Baltimore's way. That was until the first play of the fourth quarter when Flowers ran eight yards and then had the football stripped from him by who else but Sneed, the same guy whom Flowers had taunted just four plays prior.

The Chiefs recovered the football and while they didn't score any points on the ensuing drive, they took points away from Baltimore. The Ravens could have had a touchdown on that drive and made it a 3-point game but instead, it was still a 10-point game.

On the Ravens' next offensive drive, they looked like they were on the verge of making it a closer game, but Jackson decided to throw the ball into triple coverage. It was promptly picked off by Deon Bush and the Chiefs ended any potential of the Ravens narrowing the gap.

The interception was the moment that the game felt over but Flowers' fumble was when Ravens fans started to think that maybe this wasn't their game to win after all.

This was a crushing loss for the Ravens. They had the Chiefs at home and their defense started to pin its ears back in the second half. The offense, however, couldn't take care of the football and that proved costly.