Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Lamar Jackson produced “one of the greatest performances I’ve ever seen” as they overcame a 19-point deficit to beat Indianapolis Colts 31-25 in overtime and move to 4-1 for the season (11/1 – To win Super Bowl).
The 24-year-old made all kinds of history on Monday, becoming the first quarterback to complete 85 per cent of his passes in a 400-yard game and the first player to total 400 yards passing, four touchdown passes, no interceptions and 50 yards rushing.
All this came after he managed the fewest first-half points in his 42 starts, recording just three. However, he responded by dominating with his five-yard touchdown pass to Marquise Brown on the first possession in overtime, sealing the victory.
The result moves the Ravens (5/1 – AFC Winner) on to 4-1 for the season, while the Colts are 1-4.
Speaking afterwards, Harbaugh hailed his side’s resilience, but admitted they would have been nowhere on Monday without their brilliant QB.
“First of all, we have Lamar Jackson,” Harbaugh said. “Next of all, we have a bunch of guys just like Lamar Jackson, with heart, spirit, soul, persistence and all the other things.”
Monday also brought the news that Las Vegas Raiders’ Jon Gruden has become the first coach to leave his role in 2021.
The 58-year-old is facing allegations of inappropriate emails and says he does not want his situation “to be a distraction” for the team.
Gruden enjoyed a winning record with the Raiders during his first spell in charge between 1998 and 2001 when they were located in Oakland. He then lead Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Super Bowl XXXVII success, beating the Raiders in San Diego, before spending time in the media.
The Ohioan re-joined the Raiders on a 10-year, $100m deal in 2018 but has left his role, with assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia replacing him on an interim basis.