Lamar Jackson had a great response to his head coach John Harbaugh with the Baltimore Ravens vs Kansas City Chiefs game on the line.
The Ravens needed a first down to finish off the victory. As Jackson was running over to the sideline with the team facing a fourth-and-1 from its 43, Harbaugh asked his star quarterback if he wanted to go for it. Jackson replied, “Hell, yeah,” then went back out on the field and powered straight ahead for a 2-yard rush to secure the Ravens’ 36-35 triumph.
“Man, no matter what: get that first down. Coach asked me, ‘should we go for it?’ I said, ‘hell ya! Just like Seattle two years ago, we had to get it,” Jackson told NBC’s Michele Tafoya.
Jackson was referencing a 4th-and-2 play during a tie game in Seattle in 2019. The Ravens went for it and Jackson scored a touchdown on a running play, this time, a touchdown wasn’t needed.
According to NFL Next Gen Stats, going for it was the right call. It said the Ravens had an 82 percent chance of winning the game by going for it on fourth down, while they had just a 58 percent chance of winning by punting.
This was Jackson’s lead Ravens first victory in four tries against Patrick Mahomes and his Chiefs. Jackson finished the game with a team-high 107 rushing yards on 16 carries and two rushing touchdowns. He also completed 18 of 26 passes for 239 yards, with a touchdown and two interceptions.