THE BEST GAME OF THE TOURNAMENT!! Every now and then you roll a “Classic” game. This was one!
On the game’s first possession, Raider runningback DeAndre Washington had a 44 yard run from scrimmage setting up Josh Jacobs’ 9 yard TD run. But the heavily favored Ravens came right back with 17 points on a Justin Tucker field goal, a touchdown run by Gus Edwards and a scoring pass from Lamar Jackson to Hayden Hurst.
But Oakland got another Jacobs TD with just less than a minute to play in the half to cut Baltimore’s lead to 3. Amazingly, after the kickoff, Jackson connected with wideout Seth Roberts for a 65 yard gain and a first and goal at the Oakland 2 yard line. But, perhaps even more remarkably, the Raiders failed on three running plays to score and time ran out on them in the first half!
The 3rd quarter belonged to Oakland. Quarterback Derek Carr, who only threw four incompletions the entire game, helped orchestrate two scoring drives, a field goal by Daniel Carlson to tie it and a TD pass to Darren Waller to give them a seven point lead heading into the final period. Amazingly, the field goal was set up by a 58 yard run from Jacobs, and the TD pass was set up by a 41 yard run by Jacobs!
Baltimore tied the score early in the 4th quarter on a short touchdown run by Mark Ingram, and then the teams swapped field goals. So, with just less than two minutes to play we are all tied at 27. But Carr drives the Raiders all the way to the Ravens’ four yard line before the drive stalled with Carlson splitting the uprights for a 3 point lead with only 45 seconds to play.
But here’s where Jackson worked some of his magic! With the ball at his 25 yard line after a touchback, he connected with Willie Snead for 15 yards, then hit Mark Andrews for 49 yards and, with only 10 seconds remaining, found Andrews in the end zone for the game-winning TD!
Remarkably, Oakland’s Jalen Richard returned the subsequent kick-off 72 yards to the Baltimore 13 yard line as time expired!!!! What a game!