The struggles of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson in the fourth quarter this season can be summed up by his costly interception in Sunday’s 24-20 loss to the New York Giants.
With three minutes remaining and the Ravens holding a three-point lead, Jackson picked up an errant shotgun snap and ran to his right to elude pressure. If he had thrown the ball away on third down, Baltimore would’ve punted the ball away and forced New York to go the length of the field. Instead, Jackson tossed an off-balanced, jump ball pass to 300-pound fullback Patrick Ricard that was picked off by the Giants and quickly converted into the winning touchdown.
"Many times you see Lamar come out of that and he'll go make a play,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday. "I have to balance that a little bit because of the unique quarterback that we have. But that's definitely one he's going to want back, there's no doubt about it.”
In the first three quarters this season, Jackson’s QBR (72) is the fourth-best in the league. In the fourth quarter, Jackson’s QBR (28) is 29th in the league.
But Jackson has been dealing with a supporting cast that's been in flux because of injuries. He hasn't played one game this year with his No. 1 wide receiver (Rashod Bateman) , No. 1 running back (J.K. Dobbins) and All-Pro left tackle (Ronnie Stanley)in the lineup together.
Asked if Jackson is trying to do too much, Harbaugh said: "You can describe it that way probably, and that situation [the interception] is probably a really apt description.”
After the game, Jackson shook the hands of about 20 players in the locker room.