The Baltimore Ravens may have made NFL history by they way they approached coordinating with NFL history.
With three seconds left in Sunday’s down against the Broncos, the Ravens chose not to take a knee to run out the clock and on second thought decided to tie a 44-year-old NFL hurrying record. Up 23-7, mentor John Harbaugh said it was “100% my call” for quarterback Lamar Jackson to run 5 yards, which permitted Baltimore to record its 43rd straight round of 100 yards hurrying.
“It’s one of those things that’s meaningful,” Harbaugh said. “It’s a very, very tough record to accomplish. It’s a long-term record. So, I’m not going to say it’s more important than winning the game, for sure. It’s certainly not. But, as a head coach, I think you do that for your players and you do that for your coaches, and that’s something they’ll have for the rest of their lives.”
The Elias Sports Bureau couldn’t affirm the last time in the beyond 25 years that a group acquired yards on a play that started in the last five seconds while driving by no less than 10 focuses. Elias discovered a play in 1992, when Spencer Tillman ran for 1 yard with two seconds left when his Houston Oilers drove the San Diego Chargers 27-0.
On Sunday, it seemed as though the Ravens would fall one game shy of tying the Pittsburgh Steelers, who created 43 continuous 100-yard games from 1974 to 1977 behind running back Franco Harris. Yet, Baltimore cornerback Anthony Averett blocked Broncos quarterback Drew Lock in the end zone, giving the Ravens one final play.
Baltimore, which had 97 yards hurrying, then, at that point, had Jackson run a quarterback manager to the passed on side to expand the streak.
Jackson said he didn’t have the foggiest idea what Harbaugh was thinking on the grounds that the triumph was fixed by then.
“I’m not going to lie. I ain’t really care about the record,” Jackson said. “I wasn’t thinking about that. I was thinking about winning the game.”
The Broncos were not gotten some information about the Ravens’ choice on that last play.
The Ravens’ dash of 100-yard surging games dates to Jackson’s first game as their beginning quarterback on Nov. 18, 2018. The following longest dynamic 100-yard streak has a place with the Cleveland Browns at five games.
“Whenever you’re in the record books, it’s important,” Ravens wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown said. “So, it’s great to get that done.”