Zay Flowers’ horrible AFC Championship game somehow gets even worse

Zay Flowers’ horrible AFC Championship game somehow gets even worse

Baltimore Ravens rookie receiver Zay Flowers came out of Boston College with the 23rd overall pick in the 2023 NFL draft, and for the most part, he lived up to that investment in his first professional season. Flowers caught 86 passes on 116 targets in the 2023 season for 1,014 yards and six touchdowns, becoming a serious threat for Lamar Jackson at all levels of the field.

Unfortunately, in Baltimore’s 17-10 AFC Championship loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday, Flowers became a serious threat to his team at times. Not that he played badly — he caught five passes on seven targets for 115 yards and a touchdown — but things started to unravel exponentially in the game for Flowers, and for the Ravens.

With 49 seconds left in the third quarter, Flowers smoked Kansas City’s usually outstanding defense for this 54-yard catch.

That would have put the Ravens in prime position to get closer than the 17-7 deficit they had, but Flowers’ youthful exuberance got the best of him, and he was flagged for a rather obvious taunting penalty.

That took the ball from the Kansas City 10-yard line to the Kansas City 25-yard line. Now, the Ravens were fighting for a field goal as much as a touchdown.

And THEN… at the start of the fourth quarter… Flowers had a shot at his second receiving touchdown of the game. Instead, Flowers fumbled the all just short of the end zone, encouraged by Chiefs cornerback L’Jarius Sneed.

But wait — there’s more! A frustrated Flowers then went to the Ravens’ bench, hit a bench with his hand in frustration, and injured that hand.

Just when you think things couldn’t get any worse for Flowers, he got a FedEx from the league regarding that taunting penalty. Flowers was fined $10,927 by the NFL for the incident.


“Everybody texted me,” Flowers said post-game of the support he received. “Everybody texted me that I know. You know how it is. It’s just a moment. It’s going to make or break you, and I don’t plan on letting it break me.” 

Nor should he. We all have those moments we regret, and based on the tape, Flowers has everything required to be one of the NFL’s best receivers over time.

If he can just keep certain things under wraps… and hold on to the ball.

Story originally appeared on Touchdown Wire

Jerry David is a seasoned Senior Reporter specializing in consumer tech for BritishMags. He keeps a keen eye on the latest developments in the gadget arena, with a focus on major players like Apple, Samsung, Google, Amazon, and Sony, among others. Jerry David is often found testing and playing with the newest tech innovations. His portfolio includes informative how-to guides, product comparisons, and top picks. Before joining BritishMags, Jerry David served as the Senior Editor for Technology and E-Commerce at The Arena Group. He also held the role of Tech and Electronics Editor at CNN Underscored, where he launched the Gadgets vertical. Jerry David tech journey began as an Associate Tech Writer at Mashable, and he later founded NJTechReviews in 2010. A proud native of New Jersey, Jerry David earned his Bachelor of Arts in Media & Communication with honors, minoring in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Muhlenberg College. Outside of work, he enjoys listening to Bruce Springsteen, indulging in Marvel and Star Wars content, and spending time with his family dogs, Georgia and Charlie.