OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh was apparently the only one at M&T Bank Stadium who didn’t see quarterback Lamar Jackson flip into the end zone to score the winning one-yard touchdown in Sunday night’s 36-35 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Harbaugh didn’t learn about Jackson’s celebratory acrobatics until his wife Ingrid told him about it later.
"Then I heard his hip hurt, and I’m like, ‘I’m not surprised,’” Harbaugh said.
Will Jackson will be allowed to flip in the future?
"As long as you hold onto the ball,” Harbaugh said. "As long as it results in a touchdown."
Trailing 35-30 with 3:23 left in the game, Jackson took the pistol snap on third-and-goal and beat the entire Kansas City defense to the outside. It was such an easy score that Jackson had time to somersault into the end zone.
The only part of the play that wasn’t perfect was the end. Jackson didn’t stick the landing and fell awkwardly.
“I fell on my butt cheek a little bit,” Jackson said with a laugh. “But I’m good. We came out with the ‘dub,’ and I had to get right, because we had another drive in us.”
That next drive featured the now-popular moment in which Harbaugh asked Jackson whether the Ravens should go for it on fourth-and-one from the Baltimore 43-yard line with one minute left in the game. After urging Harbaugh to do so, Jackson took the snap and drove through the middle of the line to pick up the first down.
Since taking over as the Ravens’ starter midway through the 2018 season, Jackson has converted an NFL-high 13 fourth downs on 15 attempts.
“Once I saw the playcall that we were putting the ball in Lamar's hands,” Ravens wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown said. "I had 100% confidence that we were going to convert.”
Whether it’s a vault into the end zone or going for it on fourth down, Harbaugh has the ultimate confidence in Jackson to get it done.
"He's a great player. He's a great guy. He's a great competitor,” Harbaugh said. "I've never been around a more competitive player. It's gotten to the point where there is a lot of trust there. Hopefully, it runs both ways."