Lamar Jackson: “I was cramping, I got that right”

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Monday night’s instant classic between the Ravens and Browns involved extra drama, courtesy of Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson exiting for an extended stretch of the fourth quarter with cramps. He returned just in time to throw a touchdown pass on fourth and five and put the Ravens in the lead, after trailing 35-34.

After the game, Lisa Salters of ESPN asked Jackson what he had left after he returned.

“I had everything in me,” Jackson said. “I got back to myself. I was cramping. I got that right.”

He reiterated that he was absent not because of any impending intestinal requirement, but because of cramps.

“I was cramping, and I had to get some IVs in me,” he said.

Jackson said he was aware of what was happening on the field.

“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.”

Regardless of whether McSorley was injured, Jackson was determined to return.

“I was still coming out no matter what,” Jackson said. “It was crunch time, it’s win or go home for us right now. We’ve got to keep it going.”

They kept it going, both with the go-ahead touchdown and then the game-winning field goal after the Browns tied it up, obviously with left too much time on the clock. Jackson engineered a quick and efficient drive to get the Ravens in range for Justin Tucker‘s 55-yard field goal, allowing the team that used to be the Browns to delay the playoff dreams of the team that has been the Browns since 1999, and that hasn’t had much to feel good about in the past 21 years.

It may not feel good right now for Browns fans, but even in defeat tonight’s game shows how far they have come. They’re ready to compete with the best teams in the league, and the best is yet to come for Cleveland.

31 responses to “Lamar Jackson: “I was cramping, I got that right”

  1. This was nice Florio! A kind and true sentiment for Browns fans after a tough loss. We’ve all been there (Hail Murray, woof,) and it helps to have it put into perspective. What a game Ravens and Browns!

  2. This game couldn’t have been scripted better for a Hollywood movie! When Lamar came back in the game and threw that pass, after Brown had been dropping everything his way all night, it was epic. Then Tucker nails a 50+ yarder. Instant NFL Classic. Glad the Ravens were on the W side.

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  4. Ravens are lucky they have one of the best kickers of all time. Their D was torched by Faker Mayfield. Fat Wink had to be cringing every time his vaunted D was trucked by Hunt or Chubb.

  5. Umm, the Ravens are not one of the best teams in the league. Not even close. Lamar is a great running back but terrible QB who can’t throw. They can win regular season games with their gimmick offense, but it does not travel come playoff time. Period.
    The Browns looked like they had never seen Lamar’s RPO where he keeps the ball, or just keeps the ball in general as he seems to have lost confidence throwing unless he absolutely must. It’s not like the Browns have played Lamar that much, I guess… yeesh. That was pathetic.
    Heck of an entertaining game, though. Fun to watch.

  6. The Browns hadn’t been in a “classic” football game since the.days of Bernie Kosar & John Elway. “The Drive” & “The Fumble”.
    Welcome back!

  7. “I had everything in me,” Jackson said. “I got back to myself. I was cramping. I got that right.”

    I’m sure this means something, but, for the life of me, I have no idea what.

  8. Tucker sinking that 55 yard FG really dumped the Browns chances, but after the Ravens dropped a deuce on that safety, the Browns were just crap out of luck. Great game

  9. That locker room shot of him running didn’t look like a man cramping…. looked like someone who was about to crap hit uniform!

  10. I thought Jackson was kind of a utility, gadget player coming out of college. Boy, was I wrong!. This Dude is a stud and NFL MVP.

  11. Game of the year material last night. Hats off to both sides, one of the toughest fought games we’ll have the privilege of watching all season.

  12. nite2al:
    Come talk to us when Lamar actually wins a playoff game. I think he’s a great running back, but he’s a bad QB. To win in the playoffs, you must convert a bunch of critical passes at key points in the game. That is his kryptonite, unfortunately.
    It’s fun watching him rip off great runs in the regular season but when things tighten in the playoffs and you need to convert that 3rd and 8 and hit a well-covered receiver, that’s when the Lamar Experiment has always fallen off the tracks. Incompletions and turnovers in the playoffs. And no wins.

  13. grant35 says:
    December 15, 2020 at 12:29 am
    Ravens are lucky they have one of the best kickers of all time. Their D was torched by Faker Mayfield. Fat Wink had to be cringing every time his vaunted D was trucked by Hunt or Chubb.
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    The Ravens envy is strong with this guy.

  14. nite2al:
    Come talk to us when Lamar actually wins a playoff game. I think he’s a great running back, but he’s a bad QB. To win in the playoffs, you must convert a bunch of critical passes at key points in the game. That is his kryptonite, unfortunately.
    It’s fun watching him rip off great runs in the regular season but when things tighten in the playoffs and you need to convert that 3rd and 8 and hit a well-covered receiver, that’s when the Lamar Experiment has always fallen off the tracks. Incompletions and turnovers in the playoffs. And no wins.
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    Ah, how old is Lamar? 23, I think he has time to win a playoff game. You guys are so critical. How many QBs can even say they made the playoffs their first 2 years. Mahomes wasn’t even good enough to play his first year! I think Lamar is doing just fine.

  15. I see how he ran into the locker room almost knocking down the guy coming out. He had to poop. It was very obvious. As a Browns fan, I wish he could have stayed in the locker room for 1 more play.

  16. nite2al says:
    December 15, 2020 at 9:40 am
    One day you guys will be criticizing Lamar all the way to winning a SB.

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    It’s more likely that one day Lamar will break Peyton’s dubious record of 9 one-and-dones

  17. what does this translate to?

    After the game, Lisa Salters of ESPN asked Jackson what he had left after he returned.

    “I had everything in me,” Jackson said. “I got back to myself. I was cramping. I got that right.”

  18. Ravens fans,
    When you miss the playoffs this year, does that mean your hero Lamar isn’t the MVP again? Will you stop talking about how he is the GOAT? Or if you do make the playoffs somehow and Lamar loses his 3rd playoff game in a row, what will you chalk that one up to? Still doesn’t have enough experience? Blame it on the receivers and play calling? Or the sun that keep getting in his eyes?
    Just look at what Josh Allen has become. Same draft class, same number of playoff wins. But look at Allen versus Lamar this year. One QB has 10 wins, 3600 yards passing, and 28 TDs; the other one has 8 wins, 2200 yards, and 18 TDs. Hhmm, tough to figure out which one is superior.
    Oh yeah, before you come back and tell me about Lamar’s running, yes, he’s run for 669 yards while Allen has run for 321; 348 yards difference. Lamar has also rushed 30 more times. But even putting that aside, Lamar’s total offense is not even remotely close to what Allen is putting up in Buffalo.

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