Sam Howell, who was still in middle school during the Baltimore Ravens’ last preseason loss, played a pivotal role in ending one of the NFL’s most unique streaks of success. Washington’s new starting quarterback threw for 188 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Commanders secure a narrow 29-28 victory over the Ravens with a last-minute field goal by Joey Slye from 49 yards.
This win marked the end of the Ravens’ 24-game preseason win streak, surpassing the previous NFL record of 19 consecutive preseason wins set by the Green Bay Packers in the 1950s.
The game was a thrilling back-and-forth contest, featuring five lead changes. Ravens coach John Harbaugh passionately defended the significance of preseason football, rebuking those who consider it meaningless. He emphasized the effort and dedication players put into these games.
Howell, who was announced as the starting quarterback just a few days prior, showcased his potential and justified the Commanders’ trust in him. Washington head coach Ron Rivera expressed confidence in Howell, acknowledging the importance of the quarterback position and Howell’s potential impact.
Journeyman quarterback Josh Johnson matched Howell’s performance during an exciting first half. Johnson completed 10 of 12 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns. Despite his strong showing, an interception in the end zone proved to be costly for the Ravens.
In a dramatic turn, Washington’s third-string quarterback Jake Fromm guided the Commanders to a game-winning field goal in the closing moments, sealing the victory and igniting celebrations.
The game was the first under the ownership of Josh Harris, and it featured a star-studded sideline, including legendary coach Joe Gibbs and various prominent figures. Despite some injuries, including Washington’s receiver Terry McLaurin’s right toe injury, the Commanders secured the win.
Both teams will wrap up their preseason with upcoming games. The Ravens will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while the Commanders will host the Cincinnati Bengals in their preseason finale.