Player of the game: Baker Mayfield
- Author: Steve Townsend Jan 07, 2019,
Jan 07, 2019, 0:44
The inside linebacker tipped a pass intended for running back Duke Johnson over the middle from quarterback Baker Mayfield to himself, securing the Ravens' third interception on their most important play of the season. Mayfield finished with 27, but couldn't pull off a comeback to knock the AFC North champion Ravens out of the playoffs.
A month after that game, rookie Lamar Jackson took over at quarterback, the defense stiffened, and the Ravens used a 5-1 streak to move past Pittsburgh into first place.
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What makes Mayfield's record all the more impressive is he didn't even see the field until Week 3 against the New York Jets, and he didn't start until Week 4.
In the second half, Jackson showed off his speed for a 33-yard touchdown, but it was called back on a questionable holding penalty on tight end Maxx Williams.
The Baltimore Ravens flipped the script and put one heck of an ending on a regular season that featured countless surprises and plot twists. The other two times it happened? A 19-yard completion from Baker Mayfield to former Ravens top draft pick Breshad Perriman and a 16-yarder to Jarvis Landry pushed the ball to the Baltimore 39 with 1:20 left.
"Obviously, very disappointed for us to not get the win, but it's a great team".
Browns defenders swatted the ball out of Jackson's hands as he was retracting and recovered the fumble. He was limited to 24 yards on nine carries, 13 of which came on one run.
The win ended the season for the Steelers, who had closed out their own victory over Cincinnati minutes earlier and were standing on their home field, cheering for the Browns as they watched the end of the game in Baltimore on the scoreboard.
Breshad Perriman, the Raven's 2015 first-round pick, was cut by Baltimore on September 1, and made the Ravens pay on the Browns' second drive.
Accuracy and ball security still remain an issue but Jackson going 14-of-24 for 179 passing yards isn't a problem when the Ravens are rushing for close to 300 yards in a game.
Mayfield also dropped a ideal 38-yard strike over the shoulder of Antonio Callaway on the four-play drive.