Hey, remember when Lamar Jackson’s weakness was leading a comeback win after the Baltimore Ravens fell behind?
Jackson had one of the best games of his young career on Monday night, and that’s saying something. He simply wouldn’t let the Ravens lose.
Jackson led a remarkable rally, capped by a great drive to start overtime, as the Ravens improved to 4-1 with a 31-25 win in overtime against the Indianapolis Colts. Jackson, who had 442 passing yards and four touchdowns with 62 rushing yards, hit Marquise Brown for a game-winning 5-yard touchdown pass in the overtime. It was an incredible, historic performance from Jackson, who completed 37 of 43 passes and accounted for 504 of Baltimore’s 523 yards. It was the biggest comeback win Jackson has led in his career.
It was a crushing loss for the Colts, who are now 1-4. ESPN said since the Colts moved to Indianapolis in 1984, they were 120-0 when they led by 16 in the fourth quarter. The last loss in that situation? It was the team’s final loss before moving out of Baltimore in 1983, when rookie John Elway brought the Broncos back from a 19-0 hole.
Colts take a big lead
The Ravens aren’t going to do anything the easy way.
Baltimore, whose first three games included a crazy overtime loss at Las Vegas, a comeback win sealed via last-minute Kansas City fumble and a game-winning 66-yard field goal at Detroit as time expired, looked like it was dust when Indianapolis took a 22-3 lead on Monday night.
The Colts came flying out of the gates. They got a three-and-out to start the game. Then on a third-and-15, Carson Wentz hit Jonathan Taylor on a short pass that Taylor took 76 yards for a touchdown. It was clear it wouldn’t be an easy win for the Ravens.
The Colts kept coming. Michael Pittman Jr. made a phenomenal catch over a defensive back and ran in for a 42-yard touchdown. The defense forced a huge fumble with a long return on a Lamar Jackson goal-line run. The Colts were playing a phenomenal game and had a commanding 19-point lead.
But it’s not like Jackson was going away quietly.
Ravens have fourth-quarter comeback
Jackson hit a pair of touchdowns, a 43-yarder to Marquise Brown and then a 5-yarder to Mark Andrews, to cut the Colts’ lead to 25-17.
The Colts seemingly answered with a huge drive. Riding Taylor, with the help of a huge horse-collar tackle penalty on Justin Houston that negated a sack, the Colts got deep into Ravens territory. They tried a field goal to push the lead to 11 points, but Calais Campbell blocked it to keep the Ravens within one possession.
With 4:29 left, Jackson and the Ravens needed a touchdown and two-point conversion. Jackson started hitting underneath throws to march the Ravens downfield. They were within the 10-yard line when the two-minute warning hit. Jackson hit Andrews for a touchdown, and then the game-tying two-point conversion with 39 seconds left.
The Colts had a chance to win in the final minute and were aided by a huge personal foul penalty on Ravens cornerback Tavon Young. That helped set up a game-winning 47-yard field-goal attempt by Rodrigo Blankenship. Blankenship was dealing with a hip injury, ESPN said late in the broadcast. He missed the potential game-winner far to the left and the game moved to overtime.
Jackson took it from there. He stayed hot passing the ball, coolly leading the Ravens downfield on the first possession of overtime without much resistance from the worn-out Colts.
Jackson was amazing in the comeback. He completed 29 of 32 passes for 336 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions after halftime. It’s safe to say there won’t be many more questions about his ability to lead a comeback win.