Advertisement

Lamar Jackson had to chase down an official for the game ball after the Ravens' win

"I had butterflies before the first tackle, but after I got tackled, it was game on," said Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson when asked about his nerves in his first start. (Kevin Richardson / Baltimore Sun video)

Even after time expired in the Ravens’ 24-21 win Sunday over the Cincinnati Bengals, Lamar Jackson didn’t stop running.

With victory secured late in the fourth quarter, Jackson needed only to kneel three times to drain the clock in his first career start. After the game’s final play, Jackson nonchalantly tossed the ball to an official.

Advertisement

That was a mistake. As Jackson headed to the Ravens sideline, a team public relations official reminded him that, no, he should’ve kept the ball for himself. Good thing Jackson can outrun every official who’s ever lived.

“I chased the guy, had a strip-sack on the referee,” Jackson joked after his historic day. “I played defense today, too.”

Afterward, Harbaugh awarded game balls to running backs Alex Collins (seven carries for 18 yards) and Gus Edwards (17 carries for 115 yards), along with Jackson (27 carries for 117 yards).

"Lamar Jackson, you are 1-0 in the National Football League," Harbaugh said as he honored the rookie who had to work a little harder than expected for the ball.

Advertisement
Advertisement