Lamar Jackson’s heroics Monday night wouldn’t have been possible without Calais Campbell’s blocked field goal attempt in the fourth quarter against the Colts. It kept the Ravens within a touchdown and a 2-point conversion of tying the game, which they did, of course, but after the game, Campbell gave credit to another big man on the special teams unit: defensive tackle Broderick Washington.
“I was on the field, but then I was told that [Washington] called the play, because we have six different blocks we can do, and we tried a bunch of them,” Campbell said. “So, when he called the swim, the coach went with it, and man, great call.”
During practice last week, the Ravens made the decision to move Washington just outside of Campbell in the field goal block formation to create more space. Campbell said Washington told him throughout the week, “‘Man, we’re going to get a block. I promise you; I’m going to get a good push. You just get through there, and I’m just going to give you some space to go get a block.’”
The blocked kick, a 37-yard attempt by Rodrigo Blankenship with 4:37 remaining, could’ve sealed a Colts victory. But Campbell’s push — and Washington’s coaching decision — was the difference in another wild comeback win.
“I was back talking to Lamar [Jackson] ... I came back and said, ‘What happened? What happened?’ I found out that Broderick Washington … We had moved him to the position just outside of Calais [Campbell], and I told Calais, in particular, to the coaches all week, he was going to block a field goal,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.
“Calais is just a superstar in whatever he does, and he made a play for us on special teams. Every one of those plays had to be made, obviously, for us to win the game.”
Mark Andrews dedicated his performance to late grandmother
Ravens tight end Mark Andrews said his 11-catch, 147-yard, two-touchdown performance was dedicated to his grandmother, who died over the weekend.
With 46 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Andrews caught a 4-yard touchdown pass followed by a 2-point conversion that tied the game at 25.
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“I was sad that I wasn’t able to be there for her, but she means a lot to me,” Andrews said. “Growing up, she lived like a block away. So, I’d run to her house [and] ride to her house. All of our family is praying for her, and they were super sad. I’m glad I was able to play for her, man. She’s the biggest Ravens fan ever. She’s really good at technology, and she looked up every article you all have ever written. So, I know she was looking down on me watching, and I’m extremely blessed to have had her in my life.”
- Before Monday night’s collapse, the Colts were 120-0 after leading by 16 points in the fourth quarter since 1984.
- Ravens cornerback Anthony Averett struggled mightily against the Colts receivers. According to Next GenStats, he was targeted 11 times and allowed nine receptions for 184 yards.
- The Ravens, who converted 34% of their third downs before Monday night, went 3-for-8 against the Colts. They struggled on third downs in the first half, going 0-for-5.
- Safety Chuck Clark said it was a great feeling to see cornerback Tavon Young’s unnecessary roughness penalty not affect the outcome of the game. Young was penalized 15 yardsafter pushing Colts’ tight end Jack Doyle with 18 seconds left in the game. A few plays later, Blankenship missed a potential game-winning 47-yard field goal attempt as time expired. “We all laugh about it — relief,” Clark said. “It didn’t make a difference. It’s just a building point for us, a learning point, for everybody.”