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Lamar Jackson & Le'Veon Bell
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While the rest of M&T Bank Stadium was in full panic mode, the Ravens players and coaches stayed calm and focused.

Trailing by 14 points late in the second quarter, quarterback Lamar Jackson overcame a slow start and started to find holes in the Minnesota Vikings’ defense.

The Ravens chipped away and finally took their first lead with 3:29 left in the game.

Minnesota stormed back and tied the game.

Jackson threw another interception in overtime, but the defense came up with a huge stop.

In the end,  Justin Tucker hit a 36-yard field goal with 20 seconds left in overtime to give the Ravens a 34-31 victory.

It was the third time this season they overcame a double-digit deficit to win the game.

The Ravens are 6-2 and sit atop the AFC North.

“I’d rather not be behind,” Jackson said. “I’d rather just step on the gas and just keep going, just keep scoring. I’d rather not be playing from behind. But our team, we’re fighters. We believe in each other. We’ve got faith. We were just talking about that in [the locker room]. We’ve just got to keep it going. Hopefully, we won’t be in any more overtime games.”

Jackson completed 27 of 41 passes for 266 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. He also ran for 100 or more yards for the 10th time in his career, which ties him with Michael Vick for the most by a quarterback in NFL history.

Both of the Ravens running backs, Devonta Freeman and Le’Veon Bell, had their best games. Bell picked up several key first downs and scored a touchdown. He finished with 48 yards on 11 carries. Freeman also ran hard and had 79 yards on 13 carries. Overall, the Ravens ran for 247 yards.

“I thought our running backs played great today,” coach John Harbaugh said. “Our running backs really stepped it up today and played great football. I could sit here and talk about everybody. The offensive line, they started wearing those guys down, and we started running … We ran the ball to win the game at the end, and then we made chunk plays. Lamar was able to sit in there for some time.”

The Ravens entered the game with the NFL’s worst pass defense and they struggled early before making some adjustments with their coverage and pressure. On the Vikings’ first drive, the Ravens allowed a 50-yard touchdown from Kirk Cousins to Justin Jefferson, who ran past cornerback Marlon Humphrey and safety Chuck Clark. However, Baltimore played much better down the stretch.

The Ravens did suffer another blow as DeShon Elliott had a season-ending torn pec and torn bicep.

After playing solidly over the first half of the season, the Ravens special teams had some breakdowns. Kene Nwangwu ran back the opening kickoff of the second half 98 yards for a score. The Vikings also converted a fourth down on a fake punt.

The Ravens will focus on fixing some of those challenges.

Otherwise, the mood should be pretty good at 1 Winning Drive this week.

“We gave the game ball to faith – to faith and favor,” Harbaugh said. “It’s going to go up in the locker room to faith; I think that’s the start of the game. All of the guys that made the plays … I told the guys, I said, ‘We had a bunch of guys playing out there, playing – a bunch of guys that were playing.

“We had a bunch of guys that were praying. I promise you I was doing some praying, and a lot of our fans were doing some praying, too.’ Just really with that, the idea that they stick together [and] they don’t flinch.”

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