Quarterback Trevor Lawrence led the Jacksonville Jaguars to a victory over the Ravens on Sunday, answering a late score with a touchdown and a successful 2-point conversion in a dramatic 28-27 win.
Justin Tucker’s potential game-winning 67-yard field goal attempt fell short as time expired, snapping the Ravens’ four-game winning streak and moving them atop the AFC North with the Bengals. (Both teams are 7-4, but the Ravens edge the Bengals thanks to their Week 5 win.)
At the end of a 10-play, 75-yard drive, Lawrence found wide receiver Marvin Jones for a 10-yard touchdown with 14 seconds left to cut the Ravens’ lead to 27-26. Instead of settling for the extra point, the offense stayed on the field. Jones found Zay Jones from 2 yards out and the Ravens trailed with 14 seconds left.
The Ravens, wasteful all day, looked like they were in position for a decisive road win after quarterback Lamar Jackson found tight end Josh Oliver for a 12-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter.
Jackson, who had struggled all day with his pass rush up the middle of the field at TIAA Bank Field, hit wide receiver DeSean Jackson 62 yards on second-and-long to spark the Ravens’ decisive drive. Instead of trying to run out the clock, the Ravens put the ball in Jackson’s hands. He found Oliver, a third-round pick of the Jaguars in 2019, open for a touchdown that gave the Ravens a 25-20 lead with just 2:02 remaining.
Tight end Mark Andrews converted the ensuing 2-point conversion, straining through the goal line on a pass play to give the Ravens a seven-point cushion.
Jackson finished 16-for-32 for 242 yards and a touchdown and added 14 carries for a career-high 89 yards. Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence finished 29-for-37 for 321 yards and three touchdowns.
The teams traded momentum swings in the fourth quarter as if the game hung on a pendulum. After getting a short field on a strip sack by outside linebacker Tyus Bowser, the Ravens capped a 25-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run by running back Gus Edwards, who returned after missing a month with knee and hamstring injuries. His second try was enough to carry it past the goal line and give the Ravens a 19-10 lead.
They did not enjoy the advantage for long. The Jaguars (4-7) converted a fourth-and-8 on a 75-yard touchdown drive against a Ravens defense that was temporarily without cornerback Marlon Humphrey. Cornerback Marcus Peters, who was closest in coverage on fourth down, also dropped a 1-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jamal Agnew.
On the next raid, with the help of the Ravens, the Jaguars regained the lead. Edwards fumbled on its first play of the next drive, and Jacksonville recovered at the Ravens’ 16. The defense held on from there, forcing a three-and-out and watching kicker Riley Patterson put the Jaguars ahead 20-19 with a 29-yard field goal.
All game, the Ravens’ most promising rushes ended in front of the goal line. They needed just three plays to go 62 yards on their first possession of the second half, but then the decline began again.
Jackson watched a potential 18-yard touchdown pass to Oliver bounce off his fingertips twice. With a fresh set of downs at the Jaguars 7, the Ravens lost 1 yard on first down, gained 3 on second down and lost 1 on third down. Kicker Justin Tucker took the field on his fourth field goal to restore the Ravens’ lead at 12-10 with a 24-yard field goal.
“Ravens” had to count in the first half as well. They got to the Jacksonville 10-yard line on their first possession before a delay of game penalty knocked them out of the game. On the second drive, Jackson missed wide receiver DeMarcus Robinson in the back of the end zone on a third down attempt. Tucker capped the drive with field goals of 27 and 29 yards before connecting on a 55-yarder late in the second quarter.
The Ravens’ runaway offense also provided a spark in Jacksonville. After Jackson fumbled at midfield on fourth-and-1 early in the second quarter, the Jaguars’ offense finally got going. Jacksonville had three plays of at least 12 yards on a four-play touchdown run, the last a 28-yarder from Lawrence to Jamical Hastie. Lawrence appeared to knock Peters out of position with a quick hook before finding Hastie on the sideline.
The Jaguars led 10-9 at halftime after a field goal that took up most of the final five minutes of the second quarter. Lawrence turned to Hastie again on a decisive third-and-three, beating the blitz with a swing pass to a wide-open running back, whose 24-yard catch-and-run put Jacksonville within 6 of the Ravens.