The Baltimore Ravens enter their week 6 showdown against the Los Angeles Chargers with a 4-1 record. Since dropping their first game of the season, an overtime loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, the Ravens have strung together four straight wins. The latest victory came thanks to some incredible heroics by Lamar Jackson.
Jackson completed 37-43 passes for a franchise record 442 yards in the comeback win over the Indianapolis Colts. He also become the first quarterback in NFL history to complete at least 85% of his passes in a 400-yard game and now has the highest completion percentage ever in a 40+ pass attempt game. In the end, he was able to lead his Ravens back from a 22-3 third quarter deficit to win 31-25.
Lamar Jackson tonight 🤯
🔹 1st QB in NFL history to complete 85% of passes in 400-yard game
🔹 Highest comp % in a 40-pass game in NFL history (86.0%)
🔹 Franchise-record 442 pass yards
🔹 Overcame largest deficit of his NFL career (19) pic.twitter.com/7cvqpkAK4f
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 12, 2021
The game was crazy on its own, but one thing many overlooked was the roughing the passer call Lamar Jackson got in the third quarter on a hit from Darius Leonard.
“Mr. Clark, Mr. Clark, Mr. Clark,” Lamar Jackson said when the call was brought up by members of the media Wednesday. “I appreciate that call. I remember his name. That was a pretty dope call. And it was fair too because he did hit me in my face. It’s not like it was a BS call. But it was dope to get one.”
Why was it so significant? After going back and looking at Jackson’s game log, it was found to be the first roughing the passer call the Ravens QB actually received since December of 2019.
“Sheesh, that’s crazy,” Jackson responded when told of the stat. “But like I said, it was fair. Glad I got the call too, so its all good.”
“Mr. Clark. I appreciate that call. I remember his name. That was a pretty dope call. It was fair too, cuz he did hit me in my face. It’s not like it was a BS call.”
Lamar Jackson on his first roughing the passer call since Dec. 2019.
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) October 13, 2021
Interestingly enough, the call came just one week after coach John Harbaugh, Jackson, and the Ravens sent film of late hits to Jackson to the NFL league office.
“All the quarterbacks should be treated the same,” Harbaugh said, via ESPN. “I don’t think any quarterback should be judged any differently in terms of how they’re protected. That’s for sure.”
Jackson wanted a flag called on this play in Week 4 when his Ravens were in Denver taking on the Broncos, but didn’t get one.
The late hit for which Lamar Jackson wanted a flag. pic.twitter.com/jzgXeK6RQj
— Sarah Ellison (@sgellison) October 4, 2021
“I got hit, so I’m thinking there’s a flag,” Jackson added, via ESPN.
Jackson even took to Twitter, retweeting a few tweets saying the NFL needs to better protect him, and even responding to one fan saying ‘everybody seen that’ with an angry face emoji.
Everybody seen that😡 https://t.co/cqblFCWho2
— Lamar Jackson (@Lj_era8) October 4, 2021
Fresh off the best game of Lamar Jackson’s career, the Ravens will host the red-hot Chargers, who just won a shootout over the Cleveland Browns and also beat the Chiefs in Kansas City back in Week 3.