After an ugly first half against the Cleveland Browns, the Ravens’ biggest stars shined bright.
Facing a third-and-4 with 11:34 left in the third quarter, quarterback Lamar Jackson rolled to his right, pointed downfield and launched a deep pass to tight end Mark Andrews, who was covered by Browns safety Ronnie Harrison. While Harrison pulled Andrews to the ground, the tight end caught the ball with one hand and secured it to his hip for a 39-yard completion, setting the Ravens up at the Browns’ 13-yard line.
Harrison was called for pass interference, but the Ravens declined the penalty in favor of the big play.
“Well, I knew it was a catch,” Andrew said. “So, I was like, ‘They better give me that dang catch, man.’”
But Jackson and Andrews weren’t done yet.
After a 4-yard run by Latavius Murray and a sack by Jordan Elliott and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, the Ravens faced a third-and-10 at the 13. Jackson dropped back to pass, avoided defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and drifted all the way back to the 35-yard line before launching a pass off his back foot just before getting hit by defensive end Myles Garrett. A wide-open Andrews made a sliding catch in the end zone for 13-yard touchdown catch, giving the Ravens a 13-3 lead. Jackson scrambled a total of 20 yards on the play.
“They went [Cover] 0 in the red zone,” Jackson said. “I dropped back. I was going to go to [Devin Duvernay], but [Denzel] Ward stopped back there, so I couldn’t throw it to Duvernay. I got back, and I saw Mark like right in the middle. I was going to try to drive it to him, but Myles Garrett was right there in my face when I was throwing the ball. So, I couldn’t really finish it. [Garrett] hit my arm, but Mark made a great play coming back to the ball and then catching it in the end zone for a touchdown.”
After the play, Garrett could only shake Jackson’s hand. Garrett said after the game that he received criticism for shaking Jackson’s hand.
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“It got told to me that people had a problem with me dapping up a guy that made an extraordinary play when I was right there in his face,” Garrett said. “I almost made an extraordinary play. The guy is a baller. It’s a game, and he is one of the best at it. I appreciate greatness. I mean, he dapped me up, too. It wasn’t like I was patting him on the head and letting him go by. He appreciates my play; I appreciate his. We should do that more often instead of tearing each other down.”