Adelaide have handed Essendon their biggest AFLW loss, beating the Bombers by 47 points in their first-ever AFLW clash to remain undefeated in the competition.
After falling at the preliminary final stage last season, the Crows showed they will remain a force after overcoming an unusually slow start to end the Bombers' winning streak with 12.9 (81) to 5.4 (34) triumph.
Essendon denied Adelaide the ball in the first quarter, having the better of clearances (seven to five), uncontested possession (35 to 21) and marks (17 to eight).
Adelaide conceded the first goal when a daring Maddy Prespakis (two goals, 21 disposals, five clearances) put Essendon on the scoreboard just two minutes into the first term.
The Bombers then lost their leading goalkicker Daria Bannister to concussion when she was mowed down in a tackle.
Adelaide's Danielle Ponter (three goals, 16 disposals, two clearances) replied to kick her 50th career goal but Bombers co-captain Bonnie Toogood (two, 18, one) was quick to add another goal to put her side four points in front going into the second term.
The Crows took back momentum in the second half with a string of unanswered goals to Ponter, Teah Charlton and Jessica Waterhouse to extend the margin to 26 points.
Crows captain Chelsea Randall continued the goal-haul as Essendon struggled to respond.
Toogood kicked another major to reduce the margin, working hard to lift her side but to no avail.
A goal starting from the defensive-50 to Anne Hatchard (two goals, 27 disposals, 4 clearances) all but reversed Toogood's hard work, with the Crows flaunting dangerous ball movement.
Abbie Ballard slotted two majors to blow out the lead to 43 points going into the final quarter.
The Bombers continued to play on the Crows' terms in the final stanza but majors to Paige Scott and Prespakis provided glimpses of hope.
Georgia Nanscawen (18 disposals, six clearances) was prominent for the Bombers as she battled star Crow Ebony Marinoff (22, three) in the midfield.
Bombers coach Natalie Wood said the side is "still learning a lot about who we are".
"For a new and evolving group 13 games in, for them to get gritty and show a bit of character - you take some positive where you can and I thought that was really good," Wood said.
"Every opponent brings a different opportunity. As we play every new opponent, we've learned a lot."
Adelaide are now one of the three remaining undefeated sides in the competition, joining North Melbourne and Melbourne.