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Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson's rocky road

Arizona Cardinals punter Drew Butler's kick is blocked by Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson in the fourth quarter. The play led to a touchdown for the Ravens.
Arizona Cardinals punter Drew Butler's kick is blocked by Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson in the fourth quarter. The play led to a touchdown for the Ravens. (Norm Hall / Getty Images)

It's been the story of cornerback Asa Jackson's Ravens career — glimpses of explosiveness and great potential mixed with mistakes and lapses in judgment.

So it probably was fitting that on a night when Jackson was called for a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty that contributed to a Arizona Cardinals touchdown, he also blocked a punt that got the Ravens back in the game.

With the Ravens trailing 26-10 with less than five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Jackson broke through the line and stuffed Drew Butler's punt attempt. Running back Raheem Mostert scooped up the loose ball and was brought down at the 1-yard line, leading to Joe Flacco's touchdown pass to Kyle Juszczyk on the very next play.

"We had been working on the call all week," Jackson said. "I don't know how many people know but Jerry Rosburg is probably the best special teams coordinator in the league, the way that he schemes up other teams and the work that he puts in. He makes our job easy. Brynden [Trawick] did a great job doing what he did to get me open. From there, it was easy. I just had to finish it."

Jackson, who said the last punt that he blocked was in Pop Warner, said that making a play on "Monday Night Football" was "something you dream about." Up until that point, Jackson's "Monday Night Football" experience had been a nightmare.

He got involved in a shoving match with a Cardinals' player on the late second-quarter punt return that was fumbled by Jeremy Ross. The lost fumble and Jackson's 15-yard penalty gave Arizona the ball on the Ravens' 12-yard line and the Cardinals punched it in from there to take a lead they did not relinquish.

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