BALTIMORE — Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was asked how the rain impacted the passing recreation, and he permit out a sigh of stress just before collapsing forward on the podium at his postgame media meeting.
“You observed the balls. You noticed them,” Jackson stated. “Awful.”
Jackson’s operate of spectacular passing figures finished Sunday, but his capacity to guide the Ravens to victory did not. In a 20-17 acquire above the San Francisco 49ers, Jackson proved that he can knock off a major staff when not at the top rated of his activity.
This was not like the very last 3 months when the Ravens were being in so handle of the game that Jackson put in his fourth quarters placing on sunglasses or dancing on the sideline with managing back again Mark Ingram. This was a heavyweight fight, in which Jackson experienced to depend as significantly on perseverance as his athleticism in the last moments.
Jackson concluded with a period-lower 105 yards passing and missing his 1st fumble of the season. But in leading his third vocation successful push in the fourth quarter or additional time, Jackson finished all 3 of his passes for 27 yards to set up Justin Tucker‘s 49-garden discipline goal.
What did Jackson show his teammates in a overall performance such as this?
“Just the toughness. Just the grit,” linebacker Matthew Judon said. “This is not suitable soccer weather conditions, and he bought it done. As he goes, we go. We all know that.”
Jackson entered Sunday’s match on one particular of the best very hot streaks by a quarterback. The NFL Most Useful Player front-runner experienced played three straight game titles with at least three touchdowns and no interceptions. Only 4 quarterbacks have experienced more time these streaks in NFL historical past: Tom Brady (four straight in 2007), Peyton Manning (4 in 2013), Aaron Rodgers (four in 2014) and Russell Wilson (5 in 2015).
That was not going to occur in a continual downpour with winds that attained 15 mph. Jackson went -of-4 passing on third down. He entered the working day finishing 69% of his third-down passes, next-finest in the NFL. Jackson was 3-of-6 for 18 yards when concentrating on vast receivers. That is the fewest passing yards to vast receivers by a starting off quarterback in a acquire this year, according to ESPN Stats & Information and facts.
Jackson accomplished just 4 of 11 passes for 20 yards devoid of the aid of enjoy-motion. That built it his worst passing match (completion share and yards) as a starter with out participate in-action.
This is just not the to start with time the climate has influenced Jackson. In his other rain recreation this period, from the Seattle Seahawks, he connected on only 9 of 20 throws.
“I was throwing passes guiding my receivers,” Jackson claimed. “I strike Hayden [Hurst] on the sideline on the corner guiding him [and] Seth [Roberts] on a push route at the rear of him. It was ticking me off. A whole lot of passes had been having absent from me. It messed with me a large amount.”
Where Jackson definitely damage the NFL’s prime-rated protection was with his legs. He ran for 101 yards and a person touchdown, such as a 7-yard run on which he faked K’Waun Williams so terribly that the cornerback fell to the floor.
Jackson’s biggest run was a 3-lawn sneak on a fourth-and-1 from Baltimore’s 44-yard line. Eight performs later, Tucker hit the successful kick.
“I was a small anxious, but I was not amazed,” wide receiver Willie Snead IV claimed of the fourth-down selection. “Coach [Harbaugh] gives us the green light. He has entire confidence in Lamar and our offense.”
Jackson has now won 8 straight starts. The only quarterback in the Super Bowl era with a longer streak ahead of he turned 23 several years previous is Ben Roethlisberger, who gained 13 straight in 2004.
In contrast to quite a few of Jackson’s prior wins — the double-digit margins towards the Seahawks, Patriots, Texans and Rams — Sunday’s match was a grind. His first three drives in the next 50 % finished with a fumble, a punt and a deflected move on fourth down.
But when given the ball for the ultimate time, Jackson found a way to acquire. He marched Baltimore into industry aim vary on a 12-engage in, 34-garden drive that took the remaining 6 minutes, 28 seconds off the clock.
“Him getting a severe competitor, he puts a ton of strain on himself,” guard Marshal Yanda mentioned. “Fantastic players that want to be good, they have that.”