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Heading into the fourth quarter, the Baltimore Ravens had possession and held a seven-point lead before disaster struck.
Quarterback Lamar Jackson fumbled the ball, which allowed the Las Vegas Raiders to tie the score — setting up a wild finish that would go to overtime.
Another fumble on Baltimore’s final possession of overtime led to a rousing 33-27 Las Vegas victory.
“That ticked me off,” Jackson said of his fumbles, via the Baltimore Sun. “I hate any type of turnovers … it happens in football.”
Jackson still had moments of electricity, both in his rushing and passing game. He finished with 235 yards passing, a touchdown and 86 rushing yards on 12 carries.
“If you’re a quarterback, you’re trying to go through your progressions, and guys [are] in your face, they’re trying to get them a sack, it’s going to be like that,” Jackson said. “Sometimes you can’t go through your reads. You’ve got to make something happen.”
NFL.com reports Jackson made some special plays, like the 28-yard scamper that set up a go-ahead field goal in the fourth quarter and the bomb to Sammy Watkins on the previous drive. But there were still wobbly moments behind an offensive line that struggled to protect.
The MNF loss on the road is just one of 17 games, so there is plenty of time to fix the issues that plagued Baltimore on both sides of the ball on Monday. Next week’s game offers no reprieve: back-to-back AFC Champion Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football in Baltimore.
“We have to prepare for a great team, Sunday night in the bank,” Jackson said. “We’ve got to make something happen.”
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