Ravens blow 21-point 4th quarter lead in 42-38 loss to Dolphins despite QB Lamar Jackson’s historic performance

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa passed for 469 yards and six touchdowns and led a 21-point comeback and last-minute rally Sunday that stunned the Ravens, 42-38, at M&T Bank Stadium.

Tagovailoa’s 7-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jaylen Waddle with 14 seconds remaining capped a furious rally, denying the Ravens the revenge they’d sought after last year’s stunning loss in Miami Gardens, Florida.

After an impressive Week 1 showing under first-year defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald, the Ravens allowed 547 yards to a Miami offense that had struggled at times in its season-opening win over the New England Patriots. The Dolphins scored a touchdown on five of their six second-half drives.

The collapse spoiled an impressive performance from Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, who had a perfect passer rating for most of the afternoon but finished at 142.6 (21-for-29 for 318 yards and three touchdowns). He handled himself well against Miami’s heavy-pressure looks, which he struggled with last season, and added nine carries for 119 yards.

But his Hail Mary attempt to wide receiver Rashod Bateman (four catches for 108 yards) fell incomplete, sending the Ravens into a Week 3 matchup against the Patriots with a 1-1 record. Miami improved to 2-0.

After giving up 21 straight points, the Ravens retook the lead Sunday with just over two minutes remaining on kicker Justin Tucker’s 51-yard field goal. It was too little, too late: After scoring a touchdown on four of their five first-half drives, and their second possession of the second half, they managed just three points over the rest of the game.

Jackson had the edge early on Tagovailoa, whose two interceptions to Ravens safety Marcus Williams marred an otherwise impressive start. Jackson became the first player in NFL history to pass and run for a touchdown of at least 75 yards in the same game. His …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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