The previously undefeated Denver Broncos suffered their first loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday 23-7. Lamar Jackson and Co. were up for more than their third straight win, however; they were also playing for NFL history.
With the game in full control of the Ravens due to a concussion suffered by Teddy Bridgewater in the first half, John Harbaugh’s side were considering something more. The Ravens entered this contest with 42 straight 100-yard rushing games – somewhat matching the Pittsburgh Steelers 1974-77 record, according to the Baltimore Sun. While their victory was never in doubt, with just seconds on the clock, Harbaugh asked his quarterback Jackson to rush to the left instead of just typical kneeling, in order to equal the record. of the NFL.
Broncos head coach Vic Fangio was apparently wary of the record and was visibly upset that the insult had been added to the injury.
In the last play of the game, Jackson rushed left for five yards, bringing the Ravens’ total to 102 yards. It was just the icing on the cake for Baltimore’s third straight win.
“I thought it was a bit of a bull ****, but I expected that from them”, Fangio told reporters Monday. “37 years in the pro ball, I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Fangio said he expected it because he knew how Harbaugh and Co. “works”. He also said that for the Ravens, player safety is secondary. Harbaugh was surprised to hear Fangio’s comments and addressed them during his press conference on Monday.
“I thought we were on good terms,” Harbaugh said, via Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic. “We had a good conversation before the game. But I promise you I won’t think twice about that insult. What makes sense to us isn’t necessarily so to them.”
At Sunday’s post-game press conference, Harbaugh said it was “100% my choice” to run the game.
“It’s one of those things that makes sense,” Harbaugh said via ESPN. “It’s a very, very difficult record to achieve. It’s a long-term record. So I’m not going to say it’s more important than winning the game, that’s for sure. Certainly not. But, as a head coach, I think you do that for your players and you do that for your coaches, and it’s something they will have for the rest of their lives. “
What’s even more humorous is that apparently Jackson wasn’t even aware that NFL history was at stake.
“I’m not going to lie. I don’t really care about the record,” Jackson said. “I wasn’t thinking about that. I was thinking about winning the game.”
While those watching TV were told of the record by CBS’s broadcast crew, fans in the stands were surely bewildered. According to ESPN, the Ravens ‘100-yard rushing streak dates back to Jackson’s first game as a starting quarterback on Nov. 18, 2018. Baltimore has a chance to break the Steelers’ record next Monday night, against the Indianapolis Colts. .