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Ravens tee Mark Andrews crosses 1,000 yards with another big game he’s focused on winning

When Mark Andrews made a diving touchdown grab late in the first quarter of Sunday’s 31-30 loss to the Green Bay Packers, he distinguished himself from any other tight end in the Ravens’ history.

Andrew’s 8-yard reception, which capped a seven-play, 45-yard scoring drive, pushed him into more than 1,000 receiving yards for the season, making him the first Ravens tight end to reach that mark .

“I wish we could win this game,” Andrews said in the final minute after the Ravens (8-6) failed to advance a 2-point conversion. “I’m really, not too worried about anything else. I think it’s cool, it’s a good thing. It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I got into this league. It’s great But I am focused on winning.”

Andrews delivered a solid performance against the Packers, forging a smooth relationship with backup quarterback Tyler Huntley, who threw 215 yards and two touchdowns early in his second career. Andrews finished with 10 catches for 136 yards and two scores, his second straight game with at least 10 catches and 100 yards.

He was leaving early. With the Ravens facing third and -5 during their opening campaign, Huntley threw a short pass down the middle to Andrews, who broke a tackle and ran down the field for a 43-yard advantage. The Ravens got as close to the 3-yard line, but ultimately failed to convert in the fourth and goal.

With the game tied at 7 in the second quarter, Huntley passed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Andrews past the end zone and saved 7:16 in the half to take a 14-7 lead.

“There were a lot of areas [coverage], Stuff like that — just find the spot,” Andrews said. “Tyler was throwing an incredible ball. towards the end, [on] In those two-minute drives, he started doubling down a bit and stuff like that. but again, that’s [Huntley] Just looking for boys.”

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Andrews has had a monster season so far, with a total of 1,062 yards and eight touchdowns, while averaging 12.5 yards per catch. During Andrews’ 115-yard performance against the Cleveland Browns, he surpassed Todd Heep as the most receiving yards by a Ravens tight end in a season.

With quarterback Lamar Jackson starting with an ankle sprain and the Ravens’ entire secondary either injured or on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the Ravens entered Sunday as a nine-point underdog.

As Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers fires the Ravens secondary, Andrews and Huntley keep the team in the game and help the Ravens rally to a 31–17 fourth-quarter deficit.

“Across the board — defense, offense, everything — this team has been through a ton,” Andrews said. “And I think you see the guys who aren’t playing, and then the guys who are moving – and that’s a positive thing. We have a deep team. We have a team that fights. We have a team that never gives up.”

On the final drive, Andrews made a 6-yard grab on third and 5 before making a 12-yard reception, helping to set up Huntley’s 8-yard rushing touchdown, which reduced the deficit to 31-30 with 42 seconds. done. Huntley and Andrews could not connect on a 2-point conversion to move on.

Now, the Ravens are coming to terms with a sense of urgency after a first-place finish at AFC North in next week’s game against tight end Cincinnati Bengals (8-6).

“I think you saw it tonight,” Andrews said. “There was a lot of urgency. There were people who weren’t playing last minute, stuff like that, and we came up against, like I said, a really, really good team. There’s a sense of urgency. It’s a big game.” It’s – a divisional game. We’re tied. So, if we can win it, it’s going to look good. But they’re a great team that we’re going to face. So, we’ll see.”

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