The unreal Lamar Jackson led his Baltimore Ravens to a comeback OT win over the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football. The final result of the match was 31-25 for the hosts, who were down 19 points in the third quarter.
What we saw tonight at M&T Stadium was epic and one of those matches that won’t be forgotten in the next couple of years. Lamar Jackson took the team on his shoulders and carried it towards another win, despite not having too much help from other teammates. The Ravens are devastated by injuries, yet they have four wins and one loss, solely because of Jackson, whose performance tonight was superb.
The young quarterback ended the night with 442 passing yards, four touchdown passes, 37 completions in 43 attempts, and 62 rushing yards. On top of that, he became the first QB in the history to have 85% completion in a 400-yard game, and to set the highest percentage in such a situation, all that while setting the franchise record in pass yards.
“It’s one of the greatest performances I’ve ever seen,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.
Ravens were down 25-9 with 12 minutes to go, but then Jackson started throwing bombs down the field, and the Colts’ advantage started to melt. With 9:38 to go he threw a five-yard pass to Mark Andrews with the same combination providing a two-point conversion.
Some 39 seconds to go, those two guys scored another touchdown, and the Ravens had to go for a two-point conversation. Again, the same duo was successful.
Luck was on the Ravens’ side with the coin toss at the start of the overtime. They got the ball, and Jackson started a 68-yard drive that lasted for more than four and a half minutes. It ended with Marquise Brown’s five-yard TD pass, and an eruption of joy at the M&T Stadium.
“I was just locked in,” Jackson said. “I was just calm. Everything was just moving slow.”
Andrews and Brown were his top two targets in this match. Andrews had 11 receptions for 147 yards, and Brown nine for 125. The rushers were once again struggling, with Latavius Murray, Devonta Freeman, and Tyson Williams posting 24 yards combined last night.
On the other side, the Colts controlled the game for three quarters, but in the essential moments, they were gone. Carson Wentz also had a very good performance with 402 yards thrown, 25-for-35, and two touchdowns.
Lamar Jackson tonight 🤯
🔹 1st QB in NFL history to complete 85% of passes in 400-yard game
🔹 Highest comp % in a 40-pass game in NFL history (86.0%)
🔹 Franchise-record 442 pass yards
🔹 Overcame largest deficit of his NFL career (19) pic.twitter.com/7cvqpkAK4f
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 12, 2021
One scoring pass went to Jonathan Taylor, who had 116 receiving yards, and the second to Michael Pittman Jr, who had 89 yards through the air. Taylor added one rushing touchdown as well.
“A guy like Lamar, you know he’s going to have a couple plays,” Taylor praised his rival. “He’s a special player.”
Tonight’s game was pretty important for the Colts, who needed this win. They are now 1-4, with slim chances to reach the playoffs. Up next, the franchise from Indianapolis hosts the Houston Texans, before traveling to San Francisco to meet the 49ers. After that, the Colts play three consecutive matches at home – vs. Titans, Jets, and the Jaguars.
Meanwhile, the injury-massacred Ravens are 4-1 and lead the way in the AFC North. Jackson and the boys have three more games at M&T Stadium coming up, against the Chargers, Bengals, and the Vikings. The schedule works in their favor at the moment, and Baltimore needs to use it.
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