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Ravens will face Super Bowl champion Chiefs in Kansas City to kick off NFL season

The Ravens will open their 2024 season against the team that ended their 2023 campaign one game short of the Super Bowl.

Sportscaster Mike Tirico said Monday morning on NBC’s “Today” show that the two-time defending Super Bowl champions would play the Ravens on the Thursday, Sept. 5 kickoff game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, which will air on NBC and Peacock. The “Thursday Night Football” showdown is a rematch of last season’s AFC championship game, which the Chiefs won, 17-10, at M&T Bank Stadium. That game featured an appearance by pop singer Taylor Swift to cheer for her boyfriend, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.

Kansas City went on to beat the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl.

The rematch also features two of the game’s best quarterbacks in reigning NFL Most Valuable Player, the Ravens’ Lamar Jackson, and two-time Super Bowl MVP and 2022 league MVP Patrick Mahomes.

Mahomes has a career 4-1 record against Jackson, including in the postseason. The last time Baltimore played in Kansas City was in 2019, when the Chiefs won 33-28. The last time the Ravens won at Arrowhead was in 2012.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh has a career mark of 12-4 in Week 1, though the game will also mark the debut for new Ravens defensive coordinator Zach Orr, who took over for Mike Macdonald after the latter left to become the Seattle Seahawks coach.

Macdonald was also not the only departure on Baltimore’s defense. Outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, inside linebacker Patrick Queen, safety Geno Stone and cornerback Ronald Darby all left in free agency.

The Ravens’ offense did, however, add four-time Pro Bowl running back and two-time NFL champ Derrick Henry to its backfield this offseason. He signed with Baltimore in free agency after spending his first eight seasons with the Tennessee Titans.

The remainder of the Ravens’ schedule will be announced by Wednesday, along with the rest of the full NFL slate, but the Chiefs, who are the early favorites to win the Super Bowl again, will perhaps provide their stiffest challenge.

The Ravens’ lone win in their past six games against Kansas City came in Baltimore in 2021, when they rallied to a 36-35 win after scoring 12 points in the fourth quarter. Jackson rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns, including one in which he flipped into the end zone, and threw for another.

A fumble late in the fourth quarter on fourth-and-1 by Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire sealed the win for Baltimore.

The Ravens’ other road games this season will be against the Los Angeles Chargers, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants, as well as against AFC North rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns. Baltimore will host the Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills, Washington Commanders, Las Vegas Raiders and Denver Broncos as well as the Steelers, Bengals and Browns.