Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield described Lamar Jackson’s dramatic late return as “like a scene from a movie” after the Baltimore Ravens star helped settle an NFL thriller.
Jackson was the hero after emerging from the locker room to guide the Ravens to a breathtaking 47-42 win over the Browns on Monday.
Justin Tucker converted a 55-yard field goal with two seconds remaining after reigning MVP and star team-mate Jackson – who missed most of the final quarter having exited the field due to cramps – inspired the drive in the closing stages.
The Ravens (8-5) surrendered their lead during Jackson’s absence, going from 34-20 ahead to 35-34 down before a nail-biting conclusion against the Browns, which saw the former replace backup QB Trace McSorley following a knee injury.
“And here comes Lamar Jackson!”
A moment we’ll all remember. pic.twitter.com/q3HLI9U3Hg
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 15, 2020
“It was like a scene from a movie,” said Mayfield, who was 28-of-47 passing for 343 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, while he also rushed for a TD.
“I hate that for Trace McSorley, praying that he’s OK. But as soon as he went down, you could see Lamar trotting back onto the field, it was like, ‘Geez’.”
“He’s a great player, you’re gonna have to just try and contain him, you’re never going to be able to stop guys like that,” Mayfield added on Jackson.
THIS. GAME.@Kareemhunt7 dives for the pylon and he’s IN for the touchdown!
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) December 15, 2020
It marked the first game in NFL history in which both teams rushed for four-plus touchdowns, per Stats Perform.
Baltimore’s five rushing touchdowns and Cleveland’s four combined for the equal most in a single game in league history, according to NFL Research. The only other two games with nine combined rushing touchdowns happened in 1922.
The Browns have scored 30 or more points in seven games this season, their most since 1968.
“We never lost our belief in the fact that we had a chance to win that game,” Mayfield told reporters after the heartbreaking loss. “Even down two scores, we were continuing to fight, fight for each other…. But I can’t turn the ball over and put us in position where they have easy points.”
“We just have to build on the fact that this team fights,” he continued. “I’m really proud of this team for fighting, and that’s what I would take out of it. We just have to be better.”
Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski added: “We knew that going into it: You’re not going to pitch a shutout versus Lamar Jackson.
“He’s going to get his. Having said that, there’s a bunch of plays I know we can do better. We have to look at those and make sure that we correct those mistakes.”