One year ago, the Baltimore Ravens were the favorite to win the Super Bowl for many people. Of course, that didn’t take place. This season, though, hasn’t been so smooth for them. Covid-19 and overall worse play had seen them come into Monday night’s divisional affair with the Cleveland Browns with a 7-5 record through 12 games, leaving them on the edge of potentially missing out on the playoffs entirely. But their victory, a 47-42 win in a game that will not soon be forgotten, has breathed new life into the team. Both quarterbacks were tremendous, with Baker Mayfield throwing for two touchdowns and nearly 350 yards and Lamar Jackson accounting for 163 yards passing and 124 yards rushing as well.
He had one touchdown toss and two runs. On top of that, he had to rescue his team after going to the locker room for cramping. This was, essentially, his Kirk Gibson moment. Or his Steve Young no-helmet run. Jackson was on the trainer’s table when his backup, Trace McSorley went down, prompting the Ravens’ starter to jump up and head onto the field for a crucial fourth. And they ended up converting it. He led them to a touchdown there, and they then added a field goal later on to ice the game. It was basically an intense playoff game played 13 games into the season. The loss bumped the previously red-hot Browns down to 9-4, only a game ahead of the Ravens in the AFC North standings. Jackson, if you remember back, dealt with Covid in recent weeks, so that is the main reason he was cramping and missed part of the action. Thankfully for Baltimore, he was there when it counted the most.
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