- The Baltimore Ravens beat the Cleveland Browns 47-42 on Monday Night Football.
- Lamar Jackson set NFL Records with 124 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.
- With the win, the Ravens kept their playoff hopes alive.
Lamar Jackson saved the game and the season for the Baltimore Ravens with a dramatic return during the fourth quarter of their Monday Night Football game against the Cleveland Browns.
Jackson went to the locker room in the third quarter with cramps and Trace McSorley entered the game in the fourth quarter with the Ravens up 34-28 with 13:36 left in the game. But after a Cleveland comeback and a knee injury to McSorley, Lamar emerged from the tunnel like a super hero and returned to the game.
With no margin for error at 4th and 5 and down 42-35, Jackson rolled to his right and got the Browns defense thinking that he was going to run. He then found a wide open Marquise Brown for a 44-yard TD pass.
LAMAR CLUTCH TD TO HOLLYWOOD BROWN ?
Ravens take the late lead
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 15, 2020
But that was not it as the Browns refused to lose. Mayfield drove Cleveland 75 yards, hitting Kareem Hunt for the score, and a 42-42 tie.
THIS. [email protected] dives for the pylon and he’s IN for the touchdown!
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— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) December 15, 2020
Then Jackson showed why he was last season’s MVP, hitting Mark Andrews with two passes for 28 yards. Those completions moved the Ravens in field goal range for Justin Tucker, who is only the most accurate kicker in NFL history.
JUSTIN TUCKER. FROM 55 YARDS OUT. AUTOMATIC. #RavensFlock #BALvsCLE pic.twitter.com/MbYBUbu8bw
— NFL (@NFL) December 15, 2020
Tucker’s 55-yard field goal with two seconds left gave the Ravens back the lead and the win. But it was Lamar Jackson’s record-breaking performance that kept the hopes alive in Baltimore. He finished with 124 rushing yards on 9 carries with two touchdowns and passed for 163 yards on 11-17 passing with one passing TD.
Lamar Jackson Records
Lamar Jackson is the fourth QB to rush for over 100 yards in a Monday Night Football game, joining Russell Wilson (2014), Donovan McNabb (2002) and Steve Grogan (1976). pic.twitter.com/av2AzRTl1H
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 15, 2020
With his Monday night effort, Jackson became the fourth quarterback to rush for over 100 yards in a Monday Night Football game, joining Steve Grogan (1976), Donovan McNabb (2002), and Russell Wilson (2014). Lamar also now has 8 career 100-yard rushing games which is 2nd to Michael Vick’s 10 for the most by any quarterback in the history of the NFL.
Jackson also now has 10 rushing touchdowns on zone reads since his rookie season in 2018. That’s the most by any NFL player during the period. His 17 rushing touchdowns also rank second to Josh Allen’s 23 for the most by a quarterback in that span.
The teams also combined to score 89 points which isn’t just nearly double the 45.5 point betting total set for the match but is also the 3rd highest point total in the history of Monday Night Football. The combined nine rushing touchdowns by both teams is also tied for the most in a single game in NFL history. The previous two instances happened in 1922. Baltimore and Cleveland also combined to score 20 points in the final two minutes. That’s the most in any game since 2013 when the Ravens and Vikings combined for 28 points.
Back on Sunday
INSTANT CLASSIC ?
Back Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS pic.twitter.com/q4N8PvkaPB
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 15, 2020
With the win, the Ravens kept their playoff hopes alive. The Miami Dolphins still hold the no. 7 spot in the AFC playoffs but the Ravens are on the outside looking in. Miami owns the tiebreaker over the Ravens based on win percentage in their conference games but the Dolphins have the tougher remaining schedule with games against the New England Patriots (6-7), Las Vegas Raiders (7-6), and Buffalo Bills (10-3) still in front of them.
The Ravens meanwhile will close out their 2020 regular season against the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-12), New York Giants (5-8), and Cincinnati Bengals (2-10). Baltimore will be back on Sunday to host the struggling Jaguars. Baltimore is just 3-3 at home this season but the Jaguars are 0-6 on the road this campaign.
Jacksonville announced that they would be re-inserting Gardner Minshew as their starting quarterback. Minshew has not started since October 25th when the Jaguars lost 39-29 to the Los Angeles Chargers. Head coach Doug Marrone says that despite being out of the playoff race already, they will pull out all stops to win their last three games. Baltimore though, have bigger fish to fry.