Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson gave credit to kicker Justin Tucker after he came up clutch on Monday Night Football and nailed a 55-yard field to give a 45-42 lead over the Cleveland Browns with two seconds left in the game.
On the final play of the game, Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey scored a safety to seal a 47-42 win for the Ravens, who are now 8-5 and still with solid chances of making the playoffs. "Making my job a lot easier and the offense's job a lot easier," Jackson said of Tucker, per ESPN.
"We don't have to score a touchdown. Some coaches don't trust their kickers; we put all our faith in ours. We just had to get him in position to kick the field goal, and then automatic Tuck -- he did the rest."
Jackson, who was hampered by cramps, missed most of the fourth quarter before returning to the game while the Ravens were trailing 35-34. "We were proceeding with (backup quarterback) Trace (McSorley) and there was really no indication that Lamar was coming back at that point," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.
"I didn't know he was on the sideline at that point. I'll give our trainers credit -- they did a great job of getting him out there. ... Just the circumstances, with all the things that went on in this game ... if you wrote a movie about this, people wouldn't believe it.
They'd say it couldn't happen. Reality is stranger than fiction, or whatever that saying is. That's what it is here -- it's just crazy."
No way Jackson was missing the final minutes
"I was still coming out no matter what.
It was crunch time. It's win or go home for us right now," Jackson said, when asked if he would have gone back in had McSorley not been injured. The Ravens needed a win to keep their playoff hopes alive and the whole team felt a relief after Tucker made the game-winning field goal.
"Of course, there's a lot of emotion -- there's a lot of feeling that goes into any field goal, but especially one that is going to be the difference in the game," Tucker said of his winning kick. "You have to focus on the action of kicking the ball, not the consequence. We've been able to do that really well for a long time and tonight we were able to do just that."