Lamar Jackson’s latest legendary performance had it all

Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

Lamar Jackson was the main catalyst to a legendary performance on Monday Night Football.

The Browns and Ravens have been longtime AFC North rivals. In 2020, these two teams were duking it out in hopes for a playoff spot on Monday Night Football in Week 14. The Lamar Jackson-led Ravens put on a show in front of a national audience that has many shouting for game of the year considerations.

Jackson for much of the game looked like his 2019 MVP season self in this matchup against the (formerly) 9-3 Cleveland Browns. His scrambles were on point and his 124 yards with two touchdowns on nine carries felt like par for the course in any good Lamar Jackson game.

He only threw the ball 17 times but was an efficient 11-for-17 and 163 yards on a day that included a few drops by speedy receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown.

The stats were great for Jackson, but the way it happened was the most fantastic part of it all.

Early in the fourth quarter, Lamar Jackson jogged to the locker room and was reported as questionable to return with “cramps.” It did not take long for Twitter to grab a video of Jackson running through the tunnel to deal with said cramps.

Some had some speculation on what kind of cramps they really were.

Yes, there may be some reason to believe that Lamar had to use the little boy’s room during the middle of one of the biggest games of the season. That narrative just added to the kind of legendary performance it would eventually become for Jackson.

When Lamar played his last snap late in the third quarter before exiting, the Ravens were up 34-20. Jackson did not return to the game until after the two minute warning in the fourth quarter with the Ravens then trailing 35-34. Trace McSorley and the Ravens failed to convert on offense through the entire quarter up to that point.

When Lamar returned, the Ravens were faced with a 4th and 5 at the Browns 44-yard line to (likely) decide the game. Lamar, fresh out of the locker room (and debatably off the toilet), sprinted right and found a wide open Marquise Brown in the deep, middle third of the field for a 44-yard touchdown and the subsequent two-point conversion to go up 42-35.

The Browns scored on the next drive to tie the game. But Jackson would not be denied.

With just over a minute remaining, Jackson put together a drive in which he went 4-for-4 passing for 38 yards that set up a Justin Tucker field goal to win the game and keep the Ravens’ playoff hopes in tact.

You thought the dramatics were over? Very funny.

If you bet on this game with a -3 spread in favor of Baltimore, you were a very happy camper at the end of this one. With Baltimore up by 3, the Browns took a safety with no time remaining on the clock that allowed the Ravens to win by five (47-42) and, ultimately, make a lot of bettors very happy and angry all at once.

Jackson’s combo of on-field and off-field performance added to the legendary tale.

In what was considered by many to be a game of the year candidate following its conclusion, the world wondering if Lamar Jackson messed himself turned out to be a main storyline within the game. His legendary return with two minutes remaining just made it that much sweeter adding on to the strangeness of the night and the spectacular performance of Jackson.

After the game, memes floated about the internet comparing Lamar Jackson’s performance to Paul Pierce when he was carried off of the floor with what was later stated by Pierce as just having to go to the bathroom.

Lamar denied the claim, but imagine if he really did just have to use the bathroom. That would just add to the entire game situation in hilarious fashion.

Louisville fans are very familiar with these kind of performances on the field for Lamar Jackon. But never quite like this one.

From the on-field performance to “poop gate”, Lamar Jackson’s latest game adds to his legend.

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