Wow. That was really something.
In what turned out to be another instant classic on national television, the Baltimore Ravens topped the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night by a score of 36-35. The heavyweight bout didn’t disappoint. Offense was bountiful as the two sides combined to produce 886 yards and 71 total points.
Several talking points emerged in its aftermath, but none more pressing than how Ravens star quarterback Lamar Jackson continues to change the narrative.
Firstly, Jackson finally beat Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs after multiple failed attempts. Jackson will never admit it, but you know that had to be weighing on his mind all week leading up to the game.
For Jackson, it’s yet another example of the 24-year-old’s uncanny ability to overcome adversity. We’ve seen it time and time again throughout his young career. Remember when Jackson played poorly in his first career playoff game against the Los Angeles Chargers? He only came back in 2019 to win the MVP after putting up historical numbers. Remember when that season ended in an astoundingly disappointing playoff loss in the divisional round to the Tennessee Titans? Jackson only came back in 2020 to beat those same Titans in Nashville for his first career playoff win.
We never seem to learn our lesson. I must point the finger at myself before focusing my attention elsewhere. I publicly worried about the Ravens’ season after a tough Week 1 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. At the time, it felt like an appropriate time to be concerned. Jackson and the Ravens have already lost their top two running backs for the season, their best blocking tight end in Nick Boyle, and stud left tackle (Ronnie Stanley) for an extended amount of time. That would be tough for any team to overcome, but it's especially difficult for a team that is hellbent on playing a certain style of offense.
None of that mattered on Sunday as Jackson put the team on his back and led them to arguably their biggest come-from-behind-victory since he took over as their starting quarterback. Jackson shined brightest when the Ravens had their backs against the wall.
No team has faced more adversity throughout the early portion of the 2021 season than the Ravens have. None of that mattered on Sunday. If Jackson continues to put in performances like the one we just witnessed, the Ravens will have a successful season.