Lamar Jackson denies taking bathroom break before Ravens heroics: ‘I didn’t pull a Paul Pierce’


Lamar Jackson denies taking bathroom break before Ravens heroics: ‘I didn’t pull a Paul Pierce’


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Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson insisted he was always returning to the field after emerging from the locker room late in the fourth quarter to lead a dramatic comeback against the Cleveland Browns.

Jackson fueled the Ravens, who rallied past the Browns 47-42 in a see-sawing contest on Monday that boosted Baltimore’s NFL playoff hopes.

Justin Tucker converted a 55-yard field goal with two seconds remaining after star team-mate Jackson – who missed most of the final quarter having exited the field due to cramps – inspired the drive during the closing stages.

The Ravens (8-5) surrendered their lead in Jackson’s absence, going from 34-20 ahead to 35-34 down before a nail-biting conclusion against the Browns.

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“I was still coming out no matter what,” the reigning MVP replied when asked if he would have returned had backup quarterback Trade McSorley not been injured. “It was crunch time. It’s win or go home for us right now.”

“I was trying to come back,” Jackson said. “I was stretching… I was getting ticked off cause I seen it wasn’t going our way . . . then I seen my guy [Trace McSorley] go down. I was ready to come back on the field, I got ticked off, and there it was.”

“I had everything in me,” Jackson, who was 11-of-17 passing for 163 yards and a touchdown, while he rushed for 124 yards and two TDs on nine carries, said. “I got back to myself. I was cramping. I got that right.

“I was cramping, and I had to get some IVs in me. I didn’t pull a Paul Pierce. I was cramping.”

Jackson was referring to the former Celtics star’s legendary “Wheelchair Game” in Game 1 of the 2008 NBA Finals, when he had to be carried off the court before returning to lead Boston’s comeback victory over the Lakers.

Baltimore’s five rushing touchdowns and Cleveland’s four combined for the equal most in a single game in league history, according to NFL Research. The only other two games with nine combined rushing touchdowns happened in 1922.

It marked the first game in NFL history in which both teams rushed for four-plus touchdowns, per Stats Perform.

On Tucker’s last-gasp heroics, Jackson added: “Making my job a lot easier and the offense’s job a lot easier. We don’t have to score a touchdown.

“Some coaches don’t trust their kickers, we put all our faith in ours. We just had to get him in position to kick the field goal and then automatic Tuck — he did the rest.”