Lamar Jackson and the Ravens have been struggling to achieve the tip zone — till Baltimore’s takeaway-happy protection made that job an excellent bit simpler.
Marcus Peters compelled a fumble within the fourth quarter — the first of three Carolina turnovers within the ultimate 8:14 — and Jackson took benefit of the brief subject, scoring on a 1-yard run that helped Baltimore maintain off the Panthers, 13-3, on Sunday.
“For us to have the ability to type of flip … again into being a turnover-creating protection can be a large deal,” coach John Harbaugh mentioned. “We have got some guys which can be ball hawks.”
Baltimore improved its turnover margin to plus-9 on the season, and the Ravens (7-3) now have no less than one takeaway in 12 straight video games.
Justin Tucker kicked two subject targets, together with a tie-breaking 37-yarder with 8:27 remaining. Then Peters compelled a fumble by Panthers receiver Shi Smith, giving the Ravens the ball on the Carolina 31. Baltimore lastly scored the sport’s lone landing with 7:16 to play.
“We turned the ball over in our personal territory. The protection is enjoying nice up till then,” Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield mentioned. “That set them up for his or her first landing. That’s on us. One, we didn’t make sufficient performs. Two, in that second half, we’ve to guard the ball somewhat bit.”
Marlon Humphrey, who recovered Smith’s fumble, later added an interception. Jason Pierre-Paul additionally picked off a move within the ultimate minute.
“How about JPP catching that move?” Harbaugh mentioned. “He mentioned, ‘I’ve at all times had nice palms.’ So, that was type of enjoyable and humorous.”
Pierre-Paul misplaced an index finger in a fireworks mishap that additionally broken the thumb and center finger on his proper hand in 2015.
The AFC North-leading Ravens gained their fourth straight regardless of being caught in impartial offensively for a lot of the sport. Jackson threw for 209 yards with an interception and Demarcus Robinson caught 9 passes for 128 yards, however that was about all that was working for both staff offensively on a cold, windy day in Baltimore.
Tucker and Eddy Piñeiro traded 32-yard subject targets, leaving the rating tied at 3 by means of three quarters.
The Ravens, who’ve led each recreation this season by double digits sooner or later, have had some tough fourth quarters — however this wasn’t certainly one of them. Baltimore drove 67 yards in 12 performs to arrange Tucker’s second subject purpose after which Jackson’s TD gave the Ravens a 10-point lead that felt fairly protected.
“We wished to have a goose egg at this time,” Humphrey mentioned. “You may’t be too mad with three, however we’re actually making an attempt to chase Ravens defenses prior to now which have proven elite greatness.”
Jackson was intercepted as soon as throughout a primary half that remained scoreless till Tucker kicked a subject purpose on the ultimate play.
“That is November, December soccer,” mentioned Jackson, who missed apply Friday with what he described as a abdomen bug. “You simply discover a approach to win to get within the playoffs. That is what it is all about proper now. A few of them going to be ugly, a few of them going to be fairly, however a win is a win.”
Mayfield, a well-known opponent for the Ravens when he was with Cleveland, threw for 196 yards for the Panthers (3-8). D’Onta Foreman was held to 24 yards on 11 carries after speeding for 389 and 4 touchdowns within the earlier 4 video games.
Baltimore improved to 12-3 beneath Harbaugh when coming off an open date, tying Pittsburgh for one of the best mark within the league in that span.