The Ravens had been screwed up. With the game tied at 13 late in the third quarter on the Seahawks' # 16 yard line, quarterback Lamar Jackson placed a pass in tight end Mark Andrew's hands, but the ball was knocked out. Before they could snap the ball on second-and-10, they took a late-game penalty when Jackson screamed for center Matt Skura to snap the ball. The snap came too late and Jackson nailed it with frustration.
The punishment drove the corps out of the red zone. On second-and-15, Jackson threw to Andrews on an underpass that would have gotten a good chunk of the yard, but Andrews dropped it. The Ravens now faced a third and 1
"Yes, I want to go for it," Jackson said. "Let's get it."
Harbaugh was down. "I was told that [longtime Ravens right guard Marshal Yanda] said: 'If [Lamar] wants to go for it, I want to go for it! "" Harbaugh said at his press game conference after the game . "I felt the same way."
Harbaugh continued his offense in the field. The Ravens called another designed run for Jackson and he made it easy to give Baltimore a 20-13 lead that Baltimore did not deliver. Jackson nailed a ball again, but this time it was in triumph.
Baltimore beat the Seahawks 30-16 in Seattle on Sunday to improve to 5-2 and strengthen its AFC North lead. It was a victory for not only the team but the entire Ravens organization, from front office to coaching staff to players stepping up in injuries. But the biggest reason the Ravens won on Sunday is Jackson. As a prospect, he was criticized for claiming limited competence to be a franchise quarterback, but in the almost year since his first start, he has expanded our imagination of how a franchise quarterback can look in more ways than one  Jackson's approved stats were not impressive on Sunday. Immersed in a Seattle storm, he completed nine of 20 passes for 143 yards (7.2 yards per attempt) with no touchdowns, no picks, two fumbles (no losses) and a sack. More than a third of his passing yards came on his third throw to the game to receiver Miles Boykin, who walked 50 yards.
During the final 58 minutes of the game, he passed six of 17 in 79 passing yards. (Jackson was not the only one struggling in the rain. Russell Wilson, praised as the best MVP candidate entering this week, had his worst game since Week 1.)
Instead, Jackson hired Baltimore to win with 14 carries for 116 rushing laps, becoming the first player in the Super Bowl era with 100 passes, 100 yards rushing and a rushing TD in back-to-back games. He sent defenders who slipped on encryption …
… including a 28-yard run early in the second quarter …
And a 30-yard crawl on a third and eight halfway through the fourth quarter.
But none of his games were bigger than when he turned a third-and-15 into a fourth-and-2, and then a fourth-and-2 into a touchdown. As Harbaugh pointed out at his post-game press conference, offensive coordinator Greg Roman also deserves credit for that touch.
"Greg Roman had pitched for that game," Harbaugh said. "We thought that play [quarterback power] would be there. Nice little movement there to get an extra blocker at the attack point and a really good angle. "
Harbaugh had a problem with that: having his franchise quarterback run exposed between the tackles. They decided that they would only use it in a critical situation. When that moment came they rolled with it and Lamar delivered.
Jackson was not the only person to deliver. The Ravens' dormant defense woke up on Sunday, perhaps triggered by safety Earls Thomas returns to Seattle after his elusive departure after breaking his leg during controversial contract negotiations last year. Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey said after the game that Baltimore defender told Thomas that the team had his back in his homecoming, and they kept their word. Cornerback Marcus Peters, who played less than a week after being traded to Baltimore by the Los Angeles Rams, began his Baltimore career by catching Russell Wilson – Wilson's first pick of the year – and returning it 67 yards for a touchdown. That gave the Ravens 13-10 lead late in the first half. During the fourth quarter, Humphrey appeared to injure his arm but remained in the game. He later obtained a D.K. Metcalf fumble and returned 18 yards for a touchdown to score 30-13 with less than four minutes to play, sealing the victory.
After the game, Harbaugh Thomas – who reportedly yelled to Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll after the Humphrey touchdown – the ball.
"Appreciate your boys, man," Thomas said surrounded by his teammates in a dressing room. "It's good when your boys tell me something and follow through. I said you had my back and that you really had my back, including the coach."
The Ravens have followed their promises this season. Harbaugh said their offense would revolutionize the sport – and he told people to take over for Jackson with 139 rushing attempts this year. He and Jackson may not be Bill Walsh and Joe Montana, but this offense is something few live football fans have seen. has 82.3 yards per game on the ground this season, more than eight teams had gone in on Sunday, it's a per-game base, but on a per-carrier basis, Jackson has more rushing yards than every team and player He is averaging 6.9 yards per rush attempt this season, which would make him the fourth player in the Super Bowl era with at least 100 rushing attempts to reach that mark in one season, along with Michael Vick, Randall Cunningham and Russell Wilson The difference between Jackson and these three is the large number of attempts he has per game. Jackson is about to break the rushing attempt record of a quarterback of Week 14 – a mark he set last year. Before the 2018 draft, Michael Vick said that Lamar Jackson was like him, but better. So far, Vick is right. Jackson's nearly 20 rushing yards per game outperformed Vick's career high (64.9).
There are probably still questions about the corporations. They don't have a big pass rush. Their secondary is still suspect, despite how it played on Sunday. Their lack of receiving experience was particularly acute with Mark Andrew's drops against Seattle. All of these issues can come back to haunt them. The biggest questions are still around Jackson in the playoffs after his disastrous loss of the wild card round to the Chargers last year. But Jackson has overcome a lot of doubt so far. Every NFL team that had a first-round pick in 2018 went ahead with him in the draft, including the Corps, which ended tightly Hayden Hurst before drafting Jackson 32nd. This season, more doubt was made on Jackson when he said he didn't know that the corps changed their offense in May and had trouble throwing consistent spirals in the same month. Yet Jackson's production so far speaks for itself, and of all Jackson's numbers, it stands out: He's 11-3 in the regular season since taking over as the Ravens starting quarterback in Week 11 last year, band with Russell Wilson for the most common football season wins in that range. This season, Baltimore was behind the Steelers and Browns as betting favorites to win the division; now it enters the week at 5-2 and controls AFC North. When they return, the New England Patriots meet Sunday Night Football in a matchup of the two highest-scoring teams in the NFL.
"I'm locked in, I'm trying to win," Jackson said after the game . “I had an OK rookie year. My second year I learned a lot. Man, I'm just trying to win. "