In his first career NFL start, Lamar Jackson accounted for 267 total yards and led the Baltimore Ravens to a 24-21 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Jackson carried 27 times for 117 yards, setting a new Ravens franchise record for rushing yards by a quarterback. Through the air, the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner was an efficient 13-for-19 for 150 yards with one interception.
Jackson admitted after the game that he had a little trouble sleeping Saturday night, knowing that his first NFL start was on the horizon.
"I think I stayed up all night."@Lj_era8 couldn't sleep before his first NFL start. pic.twitter.com/0oNsevAE5K— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) November 18, 2018
The win was an important one for Baltimore, which was in danger of falling to 4-6 and out of the AFC playoff race. A playoff miss would likely mean the end of the road for head coach John Harbaugh, who was complimentary of Jackson after the game.
“I thought he played spectacular,” Harbaugh said. “I thought he played winning football. … For a first-time-out rookie in an environment like that to have all those operational things go well speaks to his intelligence, his studiousness, just his ability to run the show. After that, the playmaking, that comes from God.”
Here’s every run and throw from Lamar’s first start.
I think we all feel like proud parents today. Even the Bengals fans.