John Harbaugh on Lamar Jackson’s comeback: ‘It was one of the greatest performances I’ve ever seen’. Trailing by 19, Lamar Jackson turns it on and carries Ravens to comeback win over Colts

John Harbaugh on Lamar Jackson’s comeback: ‘It was one of the greatest performances I’ve ever seen’. Trailing by 19, Lamar Jackson turns it on and carries Ravens to comeback win over Colts

Ravens’ Lamar Jackson sets a whole bunch of records in his monster game against the Colts

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The legend of Lamar Jackson continues to grow. The star quarterback led the Baltimore Ravens back from a 16-point, fourth-quarter deficit, engineering three consecutive touchdown drives (two of which included two-point conversions) to secure his team a 31-25 overtime victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

Along the way, Jackson completed 37 of 43 passes for 442 yards and four touchdowns. (He added six carries for 30 yards for good measure.) If that sounds like a really, really good stat line to you: good. It is.

The 442 passing yards set a Baltimore Ravens record for a single game. Jackson became the first player in history to throw for 400 yards and four touchdowns while completing at least 85 percent of his throws, while his 86 percent completion rate was the highest of all time for a player who threw for at least 400 yards. The 86 percent mark was also the highest among the 4,017 games in which a player attempted at least 40 passes.

Jackson primarily got his yards (and got all of his scores) by repeatedly targeting his two top weapons: Mark Andrews and Marquise Brown. Jackson found seven other receivers with at least two passes, but Andrews and Brown accounted for 272 of the 442 yards through the air.

Andrews had his best game of the season, catching 11 of 13 passes thrown his way for 147 yards and two touchdowns — the two the Ravens needed to tie the game in the fourth quarter. Brown hauled in 9 of 10 targets for 125 yards and two scores of his own, including the game-winner in overtime.

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Lamar Jackson tallied 442 passing yards and four touchdowns on Monday night as the Ravens erased a 22-3 deficit in a way over the Colts.

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has been perhaps the NFL’s most electric quarterback since entering the league in 2018, and he added another performance to remember on Monday night.

Jackson and the Ravens offense struggled out of the gate early as they hosted the Colts at M&T Bank Stadium. Indianapolis held Baltimore to just three first half points, and a fumble by Jackson led to a 22-3 Colts lead midway through the third quarter. But when the chips were down, Jackson delivered.

The 2019 MVP ripped off three straight touchdown drives to end regulation, adding a pair of two-point conversions. With 39 seconds to play, the 22-3 deficit was erased in a 25-25 tie.

Jackson had some help as he forced overtime for the Ravens. Colts kicker Rodrigo Blankenship missed two field goals and one extra point on Monday, including a 37-yard attempt as time expired. The Ravens then won the toss and promptly marched down the field, ending the contest on a five-yard toss from Jackson to wide receiver Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown.

Monday night marked a pair of impressive records for Jackson. He is now the only quarterback in NFL history to total 400 yards passing, 4 touchdown passes, zero interceptions and 50 yards rushing in a single game, and his 34 wins before turning 25 is tied with Dan Marino for the most in NFL history. Jackson will turn 25 on Jan. 7.

The Ravens advanced to 4–1 in 2021 with Monday’s victory, and they’ve fared well in nail-biters of late. Baltimore pulled off a 36-35 win over Kansas City on Sept. 19, and they beat the Lions one week later on a 66-yard field goal from kicker Justin Tucker. Perhaps more magic will be in store in January as the Ravens vie for the Lombardi Trophy.

 

The Ravens (4-1) and Colts (1-4) put on an incredible show in their “Monday Night Football” matchup, with Lamar Jackson leading Baltimore back from a sluggish start — and a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit — to beat Indianapolis 31-25 in overtime.The game featured several outstanding performances, not only from Jackson (37-of-43 passing, 442 yards, four touchdowns) and Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (25-of-35 passing, 402 yards, two touchdowns) but also Mark Andrews. The Ravens tight end had a breakout game, catching 11 passes for 147 yards and his first two receiving scores of the season. Both touchdowns came during the Ravens’ comeback bid. Not only that, he also made two catches to convert 2-point attempts.There was more to Monday’s showdown than just insane individual performances. It also featured broken streaks and something that hasn’t occurred in three seasons.With that, here are seven crazy stats from the Ravens’ “Monday Night Football” comeback victory over the Colts:

442

Jackson’s passing yards against the Colts smashed his previous high of 324 yards, set on Sept. 8, 2019, against the Dolphins. Here’s a little more context to how impressive Jackson’s new passing mark is: He had 335 passing yards in the second half and OT to obliterate his previous mark. He had 107 passing yards at the half.

86.0

Apart from the passing yards, Jackson became the first NFL quarterback in history to complete at least 85 percent of his passes while throwing for more than 400 yards. Per ESPN Stats & Info, that’s also a record for quarterbacks who have thrown 40-plus passes in a game. Add to that his four passing touchdowns, and Jackson had one of the greatest single-game passing performances in NFL history.

504

Jackson did it in more ways than one against the Colts: He also had 62 rushing yards on the night. Why does that matter? Because that gave him 504 yards of total offense for the game. According to Pro Football Reference, that ties him with quarterbacks Drew Brees, Jake Plummer and Matt Schaub for 13th-most all time.

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Jackson wasn’t the only quarterback with a good night Monday. His Colts counterpart, Carson Wentz, completed 25 of 35 passes for 402 yards and two scores. Jackson and Wentz combined for 844 yards and six touchdowns passing, with zero interceptions. Per ProFootballTalk, they are the first quarterbacks in three seasons to both throw for 400-plus yards.

Coincidentally, the last pair to do that — Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes (478) and the LA Rams’ Jared Goff (413) in 2018 — also accomplished the feat on “Monday Night Football.” That game resulted in a 54-51 victory for the Chiefs.

120-1

Prior to Monday, the Colts boasted a 120-0 record when leading by 16 points in the fourth quarter. But Baltimore scored two touchdowns and two 2-point conversions to the game 25-25 and sending it to overtime. The Colts never got a chance to extend that streak as Jackson marched Baltimore downfield and won the game with his fourth touchdown pass of the night.

43

Lost in the Ravens’ overtime victory: their NFL-record 43-game streak of rushing for 100 yards or more. Baltimore finished with 86 yards on the ground. The Ravens will have to settle for being tied with the Steelers for the NFL’s longest such streak. Pittsburgh’s streak lasted from 1974-77. The Ravens’ streak began in 2018.

Somehow, we don’t think they mind.

34

That’s how many wins Jackson now has credited to him as a quarterback. He tied former Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino for the NFL record for most QB wins before age 25. Jackson will turn 25 on Jan. 7.

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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) works in the pocket against the Tennessee Titans during the first half an NFL divisional playoff football gameJohn Harbaugh on Lamar Jackson’s comeback: ‘It was one of the greatest performances I’ve ever seen’

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson did it again, thrilling every one of those who witnessed the Ravens’ 31-25 comeback win over the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night.

Even those who’ve been around the game far longer than his 24 years on earth were left in amazement.

“It was one of the greatest performances I’ve ever seen,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said after the game.

Jackson rallied the Ravens from a 25-9 fourth-quarter deficit, leading three consecutive touchdown drives to send it into overtime. His fourth straight TD drive came in OT, where he ended the game on a five-yard toss to Marquise Brown.

Jackson’s impressive night ended with a career-high 442 passing yards and four touchdowns on 37 of 43 passes with no interceptions. He added a team-high 62 yards on the ground. On a night where the Ravens fell one game short of breaking a tie for the NFL record for consecutive 100-yard rushing games, Jackson decided to set the franchise’s single-game passing record.

“It wasn’t easy. I mean, it wasn’t like we came out up and down the field,” Harbaugh said. “We had to overcome and fight through some things. … He just came alive like all of our guys did. All of the guys made plays, but it starts with Lamar. He deserves the credit.”

Per Next Gen Stats, the Ravens had a 4% win probability when the Colts took a 22-3 lead with 3:11 left in the third quarter. The Ravens flipped that number into an 86% chance of winning at the time he lined up for the game’s final play.

“To be honest, it wasn’t a doubt in my mind,” Jackson said about his team’s chances of pulling off the comeback win in OT. “Our team, we hit that peak that we needed at the right time in the second half. We just knew it was one play at a time — that’s all we kept saying in the huddle.”

Jackson’s night didn’t come without any miscues. His third-quarter fumble at the goal line aided the Colts’ early lead and continued a night that seemed destined to end in disappointment. Jackson never wavered, however, and by virtue of his uncanny ability to extend plays with his feet and a capacity to seemingly never miss a receiver on this night, the Ravens (4-1) won their fourth consecutive game thanks to one of the most memorable one-man performances.

“I was just locked in,” Jackson recalled. “I was just calm, everything was moving slow. I was just taking it a play at a time.”

Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson
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Jackson with the Baltimore Ravens in 2020
No. 8 – Baltimore Ravens
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Born: January 7, 1997 (age 24)
Pompano Beach, Florida
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school: Boynton Beach Community (Boynton Beach, Florida)
College: Louisville (2015–2017)
NFL Draft: 2018 / Round: 1 / Pick: 32
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
NFL
College
NFL records
  • Most single-season rushing yards by a quarterback: 1,206 (2019)
  • Most single-season rushing attempts by a quarterback: 176 (2019)
  • Most 1,000-yard rushing seasons by a quarterback: 2 (2019, 2020)
  • Most games with a perfect passer rating in the same season (tied with Ben Roethlisberger): 2 (2019)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 5, 2021
TDINT: 76-21
Passing yards: 8,604
Completion percentage: 64.5
Passer rating: 103.9
Rushing yards: 3,247
Rushing touchdowns: 21
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

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Lamar Demeatrice Jackson Jr. (born January 7, 1997) is an American football quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). While playing college football at Louisville, he won the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award, and was unanimously selected as an All-American during his sophomore year in 2016.

Jackson was the 32nd pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft when he was selected by the Ravens on their final pick. He began his rookie season as a backup, but became the team’s starting quarterback following an injury to starter Joe Flacco. Jackson helped the team clinch the AFC North division title and became the youngest quarterback to start a playoff game. In 2019, his first full season as starter, Jackson set a record for the most rushing yards in a season by a quarterback, led the league with 36 touchdown passes, and became the second unanimous NFL Most Valuable Player winner in league history. He was the fourth African-American quarterback to win the award. In 2020, he became the first quarterback to rush for 1,000 yards in a season more than once.

Early years

Jackson was born to Felicia Jones and Lamar Jackson, Sr. on January 7, 1997. He grew up in the center of an economically distressed section of Pompano Beach, Florida. Jackson’s father died from a heart attack on the same day his grandmother died in 2005, when Jackson was 8 years old. His siblings and he were raised by their mother.

He attended public schools and played Pop Warner football in the same Florida league with future team-mate and Ravens wide receiver Marquise Brown. When he was 8 years old, Jackson could throw a football 20 yards. In high school, Jackson threw a football 100 yards.

High school career

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Jackson was a standout quarterback at Boynton Beach High School in Boynton Beach, Florida At Boynton Beach, Jackson was a successful read-option quarterback who could run and throw the ball equally well. He improved passing accuracy and decision-making by watching hours of film each week.  In two years at Boynton Beach, Jackson threw for 2,263 yards and 31 touchdowns with nine interceptions. Additionally, he ran for 1,624 yards and 22 touchdowns, and had a quarterback rating of 102.7.  Jackson’s last high school game came against a nationally ranked Miami Central High School team during the first round of the 2014 Florida High School Football Playoff 6A tournament. Boynton Beach was soundly defeated 49–6, with Jackson throwing two interceptions.  He also competed for his high school track team, posting a personal record of 11.45 seconds in the 100 meter dash in one track meet.  Jackson was named the Lou Groza Palm Beach County High School Player of the Year in 2014.

Recruiting

Despite some disagreement by recruiting companies over his caliber (Jackson was rated three stars by ESPN.com and 247Sports, but four stars by Rivals.com, he received offers from both Power Five schools like Louisville, Florida, Auburn, and Clemson, and mid-major programs like Akron, Western Kentucky, and Marshall. All of the major recruiting companies listed Jackson as a top 20 dual-threat quarterback, with 247Sports ranking him as high as #12. Jackson’s in-state ranking also varied greatly, from as high as #51 from Rivals to as low as #80 by ESPN. Jackson visited only four schools (Louisville, Florida, Nebraska, and Mississippi State), and after appearing that he might sign with Florida, Jackson ultimately committed to the University of Louisville after head coach Bobby Petrino promised Jackson’s mother that her son would be playing quarterback and nothing else.

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Lamar Jackson
QB
Boynton Beach, FL Boynton Beach Community (FL) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Aug 30, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
4/5 stars
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3/5 stars
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3/5 stars
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   ESPN grade: 79
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A  247Sports: 409  ESPN: N/A
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

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High school statistics
Season Games Passing Rushing
GP GS Comp Att Pct Yards TD Int Rate Att Yards Avg TD
2013 9 9 70 163 42.9 1,264 19 6 93.7 102 960 9.4 10
2014 7 7 53 98 54.1 999 12 3 116.5 90 664 7.4 12
Career 16 16 123 261 47.1 2,263 31 9 102.7 192 1,624 8.5 22

College career

Freshman year

As a freshman at Louisville in 2015, Jackson played in 12 games and made eight starts. He completed 135-of-247 passes for 1,840 yards with 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions and ran for 960 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns.  He was named the MVP of the 2015 Music City Bowl after passing for 227 yards with two touchdowns and rushing for a Music City Bowl-record 226 yards and two touchdowns.

Sophomore year

During the first game of his sophomore year, against the Charlotte 49ers, Jackson set a university record for total touchdowns with eight, all of them in the first half.  Against Syracuse, Jackson completed 20 of 39 passes for 411 yards, one touchdown, and one interception, with 199 rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns, with all five touchdowns coming in the first half as the Cardinals routed the Orange 62–28.  One of those touchdowns came when he hurdled over a Syracuse defender into the end zone.

Against #2 Florida State, Jackson completed 13 of 20 passes for 216 yards, threw one touchdown and one interception, and had 146 rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns. He scored 4 of the 5 total touchdowns in the first half in a 63-20 route of the Seminoles, the most points that the Seminoles had ever surrendered at the time. The game made Jackson the Heisman front runner, and gave the Cardinals a No. 3 ranking, their highest since 2006.  Against Marshall, Jackson completed 24 of 44 passes for 417 yards and 5 touchdowns, and had 62 rushing yards and 2 rushing touchdowns.  Against No. 5 Clemson, Louisville’s offense totaled 586 yards, with Jackson accounting for 295 passing yards, 162 rushing yards, and three total touchdowns (1 passing, 2 rushing). The Cardinals eventually lost the game 42–36. On December 8, Jackson was awarded the Walter Camp Award as the player of the year and the Maxwell Award as the best all-around player in college football.

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On December 10, 2016, Jackson was selected as the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner over fellow finalists Deshaun Watson, Dede Westbrook, Jabrill Peppers, and Baker Mayfield. He became Louisville’s first Heisman Trophy winner in school history, and the youngest-ever recipient of the award at the age of 19 years and 337 days.

Aside from nationally recognized awards, Jackson also won prestigious awards within the University of Louisville. In 2017, Jackson won a Louie for being named the Adidas High Performance Male Athlete of the Year for his outstanding sophomore campaign. He also won a Louie for Play of the Year after the leap he made in the 2016 Syracuse game.

Junior year

When Jackson entered the 2017 season, his fan base and media had high expectations of his performance. College GameDay announced their return to the University of Louisville to host the opening matchup on September 16 between the returning National Champions, Clemson Tigers, and the Cardinals. Despite the 47–21 blowout the Tigers achieved,  Jackson did not let the numbers affect his playing ability. His remarkable statistics for the season resulted in his being a Heisman finalist for the 2017 season. He finished in third place in the Heisman voting, losing out to Baker Mayfield and Bryce Love.  Jackson played in 13 games, finishing with 3,660 passing yards, 27 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.

Following the 2017–18 school year, Jackson was named the men’s ACC Athlete of the Year for all conference sports.

Collegiate statistics

Season Games Passing Rushing
GP GS Comp Att Pct Yards TD Int Rate Att Yards Avg TD
2015 12 8 135 247 54.7 1,840 12 8 126.8 163 960 5.9 11
2016 13 13 230 409 56.2 3,543 30 9 148.8 260 1,571 6.0 21
2017 13 13 254 430 59.1 3,660 27 10 146.6 232 1,601 6.9 18
Career[5] 38 34 619 1,086 57.0 9,043 69 27 142.9 655 4,132 6.3 50

Professional career

On January 5, 2018, Jackson announced that he would enter the 2018 NFL Draft.  Some draft pundits doubted Jackson’s quarterback abilities and suggested that he switch positions to Wide receiver due to his athleticism, but he remained adamant about his intention to play quarterback professionally. He declined to run drills such as the 40-yard dash during the NFL Scouting Combine, in order to focus on displaying his passing skills.  Jackson reportedly clocked in a 4.34 40 yard dash time in 2017 at Louisville which would have been the fastest time in NFL history for a quarterback.

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Lamar Jackson 2018 NFL Combine press conference
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Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size Wonderlic
6 ft 2+14 in
(1.89 m)
216 lb
(98 kg)
33+18 in
(0.84 m)
9+12 in
(0.24 m)
13
All values from NFL Draft[41][42]

Jackson was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round with the 32nd overall pick in the draft, after trading up for the selection with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was the fifth quarterback selected that year.  On June 5, 2018, Jackson signed his rookie contract, reportedly worth $9.47 million with a $4.97 million signing bonus.

2018 season

Jackson made his NFL debut relieving starting quarterback Joe Flacco in the second half of a 47–3 victory against the Buffalo Bills, finishing with 24 passing yards and 39 rushing yards.  During Week 7, Jackson scoed his first NFL touchdown on a 1-yard run as the Ravens narrowly lost to the New Orleans Saints by a score of 24–23.  Jackson threw his first NFL touchdown pass, a 26-yard completion to fellow rookie tight end Hayden Hurst, the next week in relief of Flacco in the fourth quarter of a 36–21 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Jackson in 2018

On November 18, 2018, Jackson made his first NFL start against the Cincinnati Bengals in place of the injured Joe Flacco, who injured his hip two weeks prior against the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Jackson went 13 for 19 for 150 yards and an interception and rushed for 117 yards, which was a Ravens franchise record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a single game in a 24–21 victory.  The following week against the Oakland Raiders, Jackson threw for 178 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. He also rushed for 71 yards and a rushing touchdown. The Ravens won by a score of 34–17.  During Week 13 against the Atlanta Falcons, Jackson passed for 125 yards and rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown in a 26–16 victory.  In a Week 14 27–24 overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Jackson threw two touchdowns for the first time in his career.

Jackson helped the Ravens defeat the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 16, completing 12 of 22 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown in a 22–10 upset victory.[55] The following week against fellow rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns, Jackson passed for 179 yards and rushed for two touchdowns on 95 rushing yards, despite fumbling a third potential touchdown at the goal line, as the Ravens beat the Browns 26–24 to clinch the AFC North title.  In the seven regular season games in which Jackson had started, the Ravens went 6–1 to close out the 2018 season.  Overall, he finished the season with 1,201 passing yards, six passing touchdowns, and three interceptions.  In addition, he led all quarterbacks with 695 rushing yards and added five rushing touchdowns.

Postseason

Jackson became the youngest quarterback to ever start a playoff game when the Ravens faced off at home against the Chargers in a rematch during the Wild Card Round of the playoffs. Despite being held to just 25 passing yards at one point in the fourth quarter by a stout Chargers defense, Jackson then passed for two touchdowns in four minutes to bring the Ravens back from a 20-point deficit to within a touchdown. After forcing the Chargers to punt with less than a minute left, the Ravens had one last chance to win the game down six points, but Jackson was strip-sacked by Chargers linebacker Uchenna Nwosu. With the Chargers recovering the ball, the Ravens lost 23–17 and were knocked out of the playoffs. He finished the game completing 14 of 29 passes for 194 yards, the two aforementioned touchdowns, and an interception while rushing for 54 yards, losing one fumble.

Once the 2018 season was over, the Ravens’s coaching staff decided to abandon the offensive strategy that had been designed for Joe Flacco and create a new offensive philosophy centered around the specific skills of Jackson. That philosophy included changing every play in the playbook, the terminology used and drafting players or acquiring free agents that would complement Jackson’s skills.

2019 season: Unanimous NFL MVP

In the season-opener against the Miami Dolphins, Jackson went 17 of 20 for career-high 324 yards and five touchdowns, making him the youngest quarterback to achieve a perfect passer rating in the 59–10 road victory. He was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week due to his performance.[64][65][66] During Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals, Jackson rushed for 120 yards and threw for 272 yards and two touchdowns, as the Ravens won by a score of 23–17. His two touchdown passes set the Ravens’ franchise record for the most touchdown passes in the team’s first two games of a season.  Jackson became the first player in NFL history to pass for more than 250 yards and rush for 120 yards in one game.

During Week 6 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Jackson finished with 236 passing yards, 152 rushing yards, and a rushing touchdown as the Ravens won 23–17. He also became the first player in NFL history to pass for more than 200 yards and rush for 150 yards in a regular-season game, and had more rushing yards than any player at any position in Week 6.  During Week 7 against the Seattle Seahawks, Jackson finished with 143 passing yards and 116 rushing yards with a rushing touchdown as the Ravens won 30–16.  After a Week 8 bye, the Ravens faced the unbeaten New England Patriots. In that game, Jackson threw for 163 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 61 yards and two touchdowns in the 37–20 victory. For his performance, Jackson earned his second AFC Offensive Player of the Week award.

In the next game, the Ravens routed the Bengals 49–13 with Jackson throwing for 223 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 65 yards and a touchdown, finishing with a perfect passer rating. He became only the second player in NFL history to produce two perfect passer ratings in the same season. Ja ckson joined Aaron Rodgers (2019) and Joe Montana (1989) as the only players in the Super Bowl era with 15-plus completions, 3-plus passing touchdowns, 1-plus rushing touchdowns, and a perfect passer rating in a single game.  Jackson also earned his third total, and second consecutive, AFC Offensive Player of the Week award, matching his predecessor Joe Flacco‘s career total.

During Week 11 against the Houston Texans, Jackson became the first quarterback in franchise history to throw four or more touchdowns in a game multiple times during the regular season after he threw for 222 yards and four touchdowns in a 41–7 victory.  Jackson also rushed for 86 yards during the victory over the Texans making him the only quarterback in NFL history to rush for more than 60 yards in seven consecutive games. In the next game against the Los Angeles Rams, Jackson threw for 169 yards and five touchdowns in the 45–6 road victory, making him the first player with that many touchdowns in a Monday Night Football debut and the youngest player with multiple five touchdown passing games in NFL history. He earned his fourth AFC Offensive Player of the Week award due to his performance. He was named the AFC‘s Player of the Month for November. In the next game against the San Francisco 49ers, Jackson finished with 105 passing yards, 101 rushing yards, and two total touchdowns as the Ravens won 20–17,  and Jackson became the first quarterback in NFL history with four 100-yard rushing games in a season. In Week 14, in the 24–17 victory over the Buffalo Bills, Jackson became the first quarterback since Michael Vick to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season.

Against the New York Jets in Week 15, Jackson had 212 passing yards for five touchdowns, and eight rushes for 86 yards during the 42–21 win, breaking Vick’s single-season rushing record for a quarterback. His five passing touchdowns in the game made him the sixth player since the merger to have three games with at least five passing touchdowns in a season, and tied the Ravens franchise season record with 33.  After his performance against the Jets, Jackson was named AFC Player of the Week for week 15. 

In Week 16 against the Cleveland Browns, Jackson was held to 38 passing yards and a lost fumble in the first 28 minutes, before exploding for 142 yards and two touchdowns in the last two minutes before halftime. He added a third touchdown pass in the second half of the 31–15 win, setting the Ravens single season record for touchdown passes at 36, finishing with 238 passing yards and 103 rushing yards.  On the day after the Ravens’ victory over the Browns, and due to the Ravens’ having clinched home-field advantage, head coach John Harbaugh announced that Jackson, guard Marshal Yanda, safety Earl Thomas and defensive tackle Brandon Williams would be inactive for the Week 17 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Even without playing in the Ravens’ final game, Jackson led all quarterbacks with 36 touchdown passes and a QBR of 81.10; he also led all rushers with a 6.9 yards per carry average. During the 2019 season he was also first with 43 total touchdowns and a 9.0 passing touchdown percentage.

Postseason

Jackson throwing a pass against the Tennessee Titans in the 2019 Divisional Playoffs.

In the Divisional Round versus the Tennessee Titans, Jackson and the Ravens were not able to recreate the same success that they had in the regular season, losing 28–12.  Jackson finished the game completing 31 of 59 passes for 365 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions while also losing a fumble on a strip sack. He also rushed 20 times for 143 yards becoming the first player to throw for 300+ yards and rush for 100+ yards in a playoff game. In total, Jackson personally accounted for over 500 yards of offense.

Jackson was the starting quarterback at the 2020 Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida. He threw for 185 yards and two touchdowns with one interception and was named the offensive Most Valuable Player. He became the youngest quarterback in NFL history to start a Pro Bowl game.

Jackson was voted the MVP of the 2019 season. He became the second player in history after Tom Brady to be voted unanimously and the second-youngest player to win, behind only Jim Brown.  Jackson, along with Patrick Mahomes, Cam Newton and Steve McNair, is one of the four African-American quarterbacks to win the AP MVP award.

2020 season

Jackson in 2020

In the season-opener against the Cleveland Browns, Jackson went 20 for 25 for 275 yards and three touchdowns in the Ravens 38–6 victory. He was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week due to his performance. In Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football, Jackson threw for a career-low 97 yards and a touchdown during the 20–34 loss.  In the Ravens Week 4 31–17 victory over the Washington Football Team, Jackson threw for 193 yards and two touchdowns, rushed for 52 yards and one touchdown making him the fastest player in NFL history to reach 5,000 yards passing and 2,000 yards rushing.

Jackson made his return in Week 13 against the Dallas Cowboys. During the game, Jackson threw for 107 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception and rushed for 94 yards and a touchdown in the 34–17 win. The next week, Jackson set an NFL record for the most rushing yards by a quarterback on Monday Night Football as he rushed for 124 yards in a thriller against the Cleveland Browns. However, Jackson then left the game late in the third quarter due to leg cramps. He was out of the game for most of the fourth quarter, and Cleveland was able to come back from 14-down and take a 35-34 lead. After backup Trace McSorley suffered a left knee sprain with two minutes left in regulation, Jackson re-entered the game and, on 4th down and 5, threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Marquise Brown. After the Browns drove down and tied the game at 42, Jackson followed up with a short drive to get the Ravens into field goal range, allowing them to get the win by the score of 47–42. Jackson had two rushing touchdowns and a passing touchdown in the game and was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Week 14. In Week 15 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jackson threw for 243 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception and rushed for 35 yards and a touchdown during the 40–14 win. In Week 17 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Jackson threw for 113 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception and rushed for 97 yards during the 38–3 win. During the game, Jackson became the first NFL quarterback to have multiple seasons surpassing 1,000 rushing yards.

Postseason

In the Wild Card Round, Jackson won his first career playoff game by defeating the Tennessee Titans in a rematch of the previous year’s Divisional Round matchup. He threw for 179 yards and one interception and rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown during the 20–13 win. In the Divisional Round against the Buffalo Bills, Jackson threw for 162 yards and rushed for 34 yards, but threw a costly red zone pick-six to Taron Johnson late in third quarter. He then sustained a concussion on the last play of the third quarter, effectively ending his season as the Ravens would lose 3–17.

2021 season

Jackson in 2021 preseason

On April 30, 2021, the Ravens exercised the fifth-year option on Jackson’s contract,  worth a guaranteed $23 million for the 2022 season.  Jackson was diagnosed with COVID-19 around the start of training camp, the second time he had contracted the virus.

In Week 1, against the Las Vegas Raiders, Jackson finished with 235 passing yards, 86 rushing yards, a passing touchdown, but also lost two of three fumbles as the Ravens lost in overtime 27–33. During NBC Sunday Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2, Jackson finished with 239 passing yards, 107 rushing yards, two interceptions, and three total touchdowns as the Ravens won 36–35. In Week 3, against the Detroit Lions, Jackson finished with 287 passing yards, 58 rushing yards, a passing touchdown in a close 19-17 win, as Ravens kicker Justin Tucker made an NFL record 66-yard field goal in the last seconds to win the game. In week 4, Jackson threw for 316 yards and a score, along 28 yards on the ground in a 23-7 dominant win over the Denver Broncos.

Player Profile

Jackson has been widely regarded as the best running quarterback in the NFL, ever since his rookie season. His dual-threat style of play has often earned him comparisons to Michael Vick. Except for his rookie season, the Ravens have lead the league in rushing each year with Jackson under center. In 2019, the Ravens broke the single-season rushing record, with Jackson breaking Vick’s record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single season.

NFL career statistics

Legend

Regular season

Year Team Games Passing Rushing Sacks Fumbles
GP GS Record Cmp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD Sck SckY Fum Lost
2018 BAL 16 7 6−1 99 170 58.2 1,201 7.1 6 3 84.5 147 695 4.7 5 16 71 12 4
2019 BAL 15 15 13–2 265 401 66.1 3,127 7.8 36 6 113.3 176 1,206 6.9 7 23 106 9 2
2020 BAL 15 15 11–4 242 376 64.4 2,757 7.3 26 9 99.3 159 1,005 6.3 7 29 160 10 4
2021 BAL 5 5 4–1 112 167 67.1 1,519 9.1 8 3 104.4 56 341 6.1 2 13 60 5 2
Career 51 42 34–8 718 1,114 64.5 8,604 7.7 76 21 102.9 538 3,247 6.0 22 79 392 35 12

Postseason

Year Team Games Passing Rushing Sacks Fumbles
GP GS Record Cmp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD Sck SckY Fum Lost
2018 BAL 1 1 0−1 14 29 48.3 194 6.7 2 1 78.8 9 54 6.0 0 7 55 3 1
2019 BAL 1 1 0−1 31 59 52.5 365 6.2 1 2 63.2 20 143 7.2 0 4 20 1 1
2020 BAL 2 2 1−1 31 48 64.6 341 7.1 0 2 68.1 25 170 6.8 1 8 38 1 0
Career 4 4 1−3 76 136 55.9 900 6.6 3 5 68.3 54 367 6.8 1 19 113 5 2

Awards and highlights

College

NCAA Football

Louisville Cardinals football

  • Unanimous selection to Louisville Cardinals Team of the Decade (2010-2019)
  • First Louisville Cardinals quarterback named to All-American team: (2016)
  • Most career rushing attempts by a quarterback: 655 (2015-2017)
  • Most career rushing yards: 4,132 (2015-2017)
  • Most career rushing touchdowns: 50 (2015-2017)
  • Most passing touchdowns in a game: 6 (tied with Chris Redman) (2016)

NFL

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Jackson’s 2019 MVP acceptance speech, Ravens video

NFL records

  • First quarterback with multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons (2019, 2020)
  • Most rushing yards by a quarterback in a season: 1,206 (2019)
  • Most rushing attempts by a quarterback in a season: 159 (2019)
  • Most 100+ rushing yards games by a quarterback in a season: 5 (2019)
  • Most perfect passer ratings in a season (tied with Ben Roethlisberger): 2 (2019)
  • Youngest quarterback to ever start a playoff game: 21 years, 364 days (2018 Wild Card Round against the Los Angeles Chargers)
  • Youngest quarterback to achieve a perfect passer rating: 22 years, 244 days (Week 1, 2019)
  • Youngest quarterback to start a Pro Bowl game.
  • Highest touchdown passing percentage (7.4%) in the Super Bowl Era (minimum 500 attempts)

Ravens franchise records

  • First quarterback to start in a Pro Bowl game.
  • First quarterback to make First team All-Pro.
  • Most rushing yards by a quarterback in a game: 152 (Week 6, 2019)
  • Most passing touchdowns in a season: 36 (2019)
  • Lowest percentage of passes intercepted, season: 1.5 (2019)
  • Lowest percentage of passes intercepted, career: 1.6 (2018-2019)
  • Most games with a perfect passer rating: 2
  • Most passing touchdowns in a game: 5 (tied with Joe Flacco and Tony Banks)
  • Highest completion percentage in a game: 88.2
  • Highest completion percentage in a season: 66.1 (2019)
  • Highest completion percentage, career: 64.0 (2018-2020)
  • Highest passer rating, season: 113.3 (2019)
  • Highest passer rating, career: 102.6 (2018-2020)

In popular culture

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Lamar Jackson on Celebrity Family Feud, Baltimore Ravens video

Prior to the start of the 2019 NFL season, Jackson appeared on ABC‘s Celebrity Family Feud, pitting current NFL players against former NFL players.  During the 2019 NFL season, Jackson’s Madden NFL character speed was upgraded to 96, making Jackson the fastest quarterback in that game’s history.  Jackson was the cover athlete in the Madden NFL 21 video game.

In 2019, Pope Francis was gifted a signed Lamar Jackson Ravens jersey.

In February 2020, BET Digital highlighted Jackson as one of 40 of the most inspiring and innovative vanguards in African American culture and who are redefining what it means to be “unapologetically young, gifted & Black”.

Personal life

As of 2019, Jackson lives in Owings Mills, Maryland, about 20 minutes from the Ravens training complex with his mother, brother, and sisters. Adoree Jackson is a distant relative. As a child, Jackson’s favorite player was Michael Vick.

Jackson is a Christian. Jackson’s pre-game meal is shrimp alfredo pasta and his favorite superhero is Superman.

Jackson worked toward a communications major at the University of Louisville while he played his college football there.

Jackson is a supporter of Blessings in a Backpack, a Louisville charity that provides meals on weekends to children served by the National School Lunch Program.

Sports apparel

In 2018, Jackson announced the launch of his sportswear line, Era 8 Apparel. In March 2020, Jackson filed a federal lawsuit against Amazon, charging the corporate giant with engaging in the “deliberate and unauthorized use” of Jackson’s name, image and persona. The suit also alleges that Amazon had unlawfully infringed on his right of publicity in connection with alleged “false advertising and endorsement of unlicensed and infringing articles of clothing.”

In August 2020 Jackson signed an endorsement deal with Oakley, Inc., a company that produces sunglasses, sports goggles and football helmet visors.

 

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