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MNF Review – Ravens Claw Their Way To Overtime Victory

It wasn’t a little sprinkle of the Harry Potter magic that saw the Baltimore Ravens (4-1) earn an important Monday Night Football win against the Indianapolis Colts (1-4).

Instead, it was the stellar play of quarterback Lamar Jackson, this time with his hands, which led the Ravens to a dramatic comeback victory.

The quarterback finished with sensational figures of 442 yards passing for four touchdowns and no interceptions as he completed a stunning 37 from 43 pass attempts.

He added a further 62 yards on the ground as he carried the Ravens squarely on his shoulders and put them atop of the AFC North.

Frustration For Colts

It was a night of frustration for the Colts as after being in control of the game for three quarters, they watched on as the Ravens came back to tie the game in regular time, before snatching the win in overtime.

Carson Wentz had his best night as Colts quarterback throwing for 402 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions as he completed 25 of his 35 pass attempts.

Jonathan Taylor had a big game too, rushing for 53 yards and a touchdown, as well as having three receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown in what was one of his most impressive games for the Colts.

However, it was the stellar play by the Colts defense which kept the Ravens at bay throughout most of the game, forcing them to punt on all of their first four possessions, before an incredible fourth quarter comeback.

Missed Opportunities

In truth, despite the unbelievable play of Lamar Jackson, this was a game of missed opportunities for the Colts and a game that they should not have lost.

With Darius Leonard explosive on defense, the Colts started in incredible fashion with Carson Wentz hitting Jonathan Taylor for a 76-yard touchdown on their first series.

Then came the first mis-step on offense when after forcing the Ravens to punt for the second time, Wentz was sacked on the Baltimore 20 yard line and fumbled the ball, which Brandon Williams recovered for the Ravens.

The second quarter saw both teams exchange field goals before the half as defenses very much took control of the game. Although what happened in the second half saw a drastic change of emphasis.

Colts Dominate Third Quarter But Still Missed Opportunities

Leading 10-3 at the half, the Colts scored a fantastic touchdown at the start of the third quarter to go 16-3. It took them just two plays to go the 75 yards and claim the six points, although the extra point was missed, which eventually proved crucial.

The Ravens responded and moved the ball downfield to the Indianapolis 1 yard line and when Jackson tried to run the ball in, Blackmon forced a fumble which Leonard recovered and ran back. He lateralled the ball to Rodgers, who ran in a touchdown.

However, after a review, the pass was ruled as being a forward pass and while the Colts did score on their next possession, they once again could not convert as they missed the 2 point conversion.

Baltimore quickly responded to cut the lead to 22-9, as they scored a touchdown but missed their own 2 point conversion.

However, as the third quarter ended, the Colts landed a field goal to put themselves up 25-9.

Fourth Quarter Comeback For Ravens

Trailing by 16, the Ravens scored on their first possession and converted it for two points to cut the deficit to eight.

However even so, on their next possession, the Colts had a chance to score a field goal from 37-yards, but saw the attempt blocked, in what would be a pivotal moment in the game.

The Ravens then repeated the success of the opening drive, scoring another two point conversion following a touchdown to tie the game 25-25.

However, the Colts had yet another field goal opportunity which Blankenship missed, adding to what was an already dismal weekend for kickers across the NFL.

After winning the toss in Overtime, the Ravens marched downfield and as the Colts defense tired, Jackson hit Marquise Brown for the game winning touchdown to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Massive Win For Baltimore

In my preview of the game, I said that this was a massive game for the Ravens and Colts and so it has proved. The Colts now move to 1-4 in the AFC South, now two games behind the Titans in what is a very weak looking division.

The Ravens now move clear at the top of the AFC North, ahead of the Browns and Bengals (both 3-2) and the Steelers (2-3).

Next week the Colts are back in Indianapolis for a divisional game against the Texans (1-4) while the Ravens also have a home game, against the Los Angeles Chargers (4-1).

It was yet another Monday Night treat for football fans to enjoy, but Colts fans will be wondering how they managed to lose a game they seemed destined to win.

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