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2021 NFL season, Week 5: What we learned from Ravens' win over Colts on Monday night

Baltimore Ravens
2021 · 4-1-0
Indianapolis Colts
2021 · 1-4-0

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  1. Lamar Jackson is truly unbelievable. Indianapolis appeared to be cruising to an upset win in blowout fashion in the final minutes of the third quarter when Jackson and the Ravens picked themselves up off the mat and landed an assortment of stunning blows. It began with a five-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that included a 43-yard strike to Marquise Brown and followed with two more touchdown drives, including a well-paced, 11-play march capped by a touchdown pass to Mark Andrews and game-tying two-point conversion. After spending nearly three quarters struggling with a knotted-up offense, Jackson almost singlehandedly untied the knots while simultaneously silencing everyone who believed he couldn't be an effective passer. He finished with an incredible line: 37-of-42 passing for 442 yards and three touchdowns, and 14 rushes for 62 yards for a grand total of 504 yards of total offense. Baltimore rattled off 22 unanswered points in the final 21:32. Jackson willed the Ravens back into the game and ultimately to a win -- and back into the MVP conversation
  2. Carson Wentz's best game in quite some time ends up lost in the shuffle. Wentz was excellent for the first time as a Colt, completing 25 of 35 passes for 402 yards and two touchdowns. For a while, it looked like Wentz would score himself a signature win on primetime television, one few expected to materialize entering Monday night. Instead, folks will remember Indianapolis' meltdown, one caused by missed (or blocked) field goal attempts, conservative play-calling down the stretch and an inability to get a stop when the Colts needed it most. Although the Colts are now 1-4 and there are no moral victories in the NFL, Indianapolis has to at least be pleased with what it got out of Wentz -- including a final-minute effort that put them in position to potentially win the game.
  3. Allow Mark Andrews to reintroduce himself. The tight end proved to be a highly reliable target for Jackson, catching 11 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns and teamed with the quarterback to convert two crucial two-point attempts in the final quarter. He wasn't just a catch-and-fall type of target, either, making an assortment of defenders miss after the catch. And when the Ravens needed a reliable pair of hands the most, Andrews rose to the occasion, twice beating Bobby Okereke for key receptions in the end zone. Baltimore has a pass-catching corps that is much improved, with Brown going for a long touchdown in each of the Ravens' last two games. But they likely don't complete their improbable comeback without Andrews.
  4. Darius Leonard was paid for these types of games. Leonard was all over the field once again Monday night, recording 13 tackles and setting the tone for a Colts defense that was playing lights-out football for the majority of the first three quarters. Leonard's trip-up of Jackson on third-and-3 resulted in a surprising stop, and his recovery of a Jackson fumble near the goal line would have produced a touchdown had his lateral to Isaiah Rodgers not been brought back by review, which determined it was an illegal forward pass. Leonard is making the big bucks because his athleticism can serve as the perfect answer to even the most explosive offensive superstars. It just didn't hold up for four quarters and an overtime period, and couldn't patch the holes created by injuries to the Colts' secondary.
  5. The Ravens sure love to make things interesting, don't they? Baltimore has now twice recorded unlikely comeback victories on the national stage, and the Ravens wouldn't have had a legitimate chance if not for the contribution of a key veteran: Calais Campbell. The massive defensive lineman swim-moved through Indianapolis' field goal protection, finding open space to use his long wingspan to block Rodrigo Blankenship's field goal attempt, which would have essentially put the game away had it gone through the uprights and not into Campbell's hands. Baltimore capitalized, relying on its unique talent at quarterback and riding his heroics to a thrilling finish in regulation. Then, the job belonged to Baltimore's offense, which again marched through a gassed Indianapolis defense to a game-winning score that captivated the national audience and made the end to Baltimore's 100-yard rushing streak moot.


Next Gen Stat of the night: The Ravens had a 4% win probability when the Colts took a 22-3 lead with 3:11 left in the third quarter. They flipped it to 86% by the time they lined up for the play that ended with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Marquise Brown.


NFL Research: Lamar Jackson set the Ravens' single-game passing record with 442 yards through the air Monday night.

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