Good lord, what a football game. The Baltimore Ravens beat the Cleveland Browns 47-42 and the number of insane storylines is too numerous to cover all of them. The Ravens improve to 8-5 while the Browns drop to 9-4 in what is turning into a wild AFC race. On to the storylines!
Lamar Jackson had to poop
The Ravens QB left the game in the third quarter and headed to the Ravens locker room. ESPN’s Lisa Salters said nobody knew why, but with nobody warming up, it quickly became apparent why Jackson had run to the locker room. The Ravens announced it as cramps, but it’s safe to say the man had to go to the bathroom. Players often can pee on the sideline with players surrounding them, but when No. 2 strikes, you can’t stay on the sideline.
UPDATE: Jackson claims he did not “pull a Paul Pierce” and he was spotted in one screenshot with a wrap around where he would get an IV needle. That being said, I still think he had to poop.
I know that kind of run, and it ain’t because of cramps lol... pic.twitter.com/icg4Wv9pgt— Will Blackmon (@WillBlackmon) December 15, 2020
Lamar Jackson returns with heroics
Trace McSorley replaced him and then managed to injure his knee on what was an atrocious playing surface. He left and Jackson returned facing a 4th and 5 coming out of the 2-minute warning. He proceeded to drop back and find Marquise Brown deep for a 44-yard score to get the Ravens a 42-35 lead.
GUESS WHO'S BACK. @lj_era8 #RavensFlock— NFL (@NFL) December 15, 2020
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Justin Tucker does his thing
The Browns responded with a great drive of their own to tie the game up with 1:04 to go, and it looked like we were headed to overtime. Instead, the Browns defense did what it had done all night long and absolutely blew it. Jackson found tight end Mark Andrews three times for 28 yards, and the Ravens set up Justin Tucker for a 55-yard field goal. He’s one of the greatest kickers ever and he drilled it. The Ravens took a 45-42 lead with two seconds left and this game was in the bag.
Oh, that safety
Well, maybe not if you had the Ravens as 3- or 3.5-point favorites. The Browns attempted the hook and lateral play, pitching it back and forth several times. Here’s how ESPN described it.
(0:02 - 4th) (Shotgun) B.Mayfield pass short middle to K.Hunt to CLV 27 for 2 yards. FUMBLES, recovered by CLV-R.Higgins at CLV 27. R.Higgins to CLV 21 for -6 yards. Lateral to B.Mayfield to CLV 15 for -6 yards. FUMBLES, recovered by CLV-J.Landry at CLV 12. J.Landry to CLV 19 for 7 yards. Lateral to R.Higgins to CLV 19 for no gain (P.Queen). FUMBLES (P.Queen), recovered by CLV-K.Hunt at CLV 18. K.Hunt to CLV 16 for -2 yards. Lateral to R.Higgins to CLV 0 for -16 yards. FUMBLES, recovered by CLV-J.Landry at CLV 0. J.Landry pushed ob in End Zone, SAFETY (M.Humphrey).
At the end, Jarvis Landry recovered the ball in the end zone and proceeded to get shoved out of bounds. Ravens win 47-42, Ravens backers cover. To sum it up, you’ve got to be shitting me.