The Commanders defeated the Ravens on Monday, snapping Baltimore's 24-game preseason winning streak. Photo Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports Aug 21, 2023; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Commanders running back Antonio Gibson (24) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the second quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

On September 3, 2015, the Atlanta Falcons defeated the Baltimore Ravens in a preseason game. Monday’s game against the Washington Commanders marked Baltimore’s 25th preseason game since that loss in Atlanta. The previous 24 games all produced wins.

That streak is now over.

Washington and Baltimore had a highly entertaining playoff game on Monday night. Trailing by eight points, the Commanders scored a touchdown with 4:08 left. But after stopping the two-point try, it seemed like the Ravens would escape FedEx Field with their 25th straight preseason win.

But Washington got the ball back and marched down the field, needing only a field goal to go ahead. With 14 seconds remaining, the Commanders sent kicker Joey Slye out for a 49-yard attempt. His kick was good.

Washington then intercepted Anthony Brown’s first pass attempt on the ensuing possession, sealing the 29-28 win.

The results of preseason games almost always take a backseat to other things, like seeing young players and getting a look at how well big offseason additions are meshing with their new teammates. This was a different story.

Baltimore’s 24-game preseason winning streak getting snapped did not go unnoticed.

In actuality, while Baltimore had the historic streak, this game might be more significant for Washington. The Commanders have finally rid themselves of the troublesome Daniel Snyder era. And while preseason results are ultimately meaningless, it didn’t seem that way for Washington and its fans.

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