Baltimore Ravens backup quarterback Tyler Huntley executes the game-winning drive against the Chicago Bears. Huntley received a text message early Sunday before kickoff from Lamar Jackson that he would be the starter against the Bears, per ESPN.
“Go do your thing today. I’m going to be watching.”
Several hours later, Huntley showed the world that the Ravens can win without the former NFL MVP. Huntley was able to rally the Ravens to an improbable 16-13 victory. He became the fourth quarterback over the past 30 seasons to record a game-winning drive in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter in his first career start, according to ESPN.
The Baltimore Ravens went down 13-9, in the fourth quarter, Huntley delivered a 30-yard pass to Sammy Watkins to set up a rushing touchdown by Devonta Freeman with 22 seconds left in the game.
“I think if I was feeling the pressure, we probably wouldn’t have won this game,” Huntley said after the game. “You got to go with the flow about winning the game. We knew we had to go down there and score.”
Baltimore Raven Lamar Jackson’s absence
Jackson missed the third game of his four-year career because of congestion in his lungs, per sources. The Ravens believed Jackson would play after fully participating in Friday’s practice; however, the symptoms managed to return on Saturday.
According to sources, Jackson was severely sick and remained curled up in a ball for the majority of the flight. Upon arrival, he didn’t even realize the plane had landed nor did he attend any team meetings Saturday night. The Ravens hoped he feel better by Sunday, but it seemed it only continue to get worse. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh doesn’t believe this will sideline Jackson for a long time.
“There’s no influenza, there’s no COVID,” he said. “I don’t know. I’m sure if it doesn’t clear up, they’ll keep testing him, but you got to think that it’s going to clear up. We’ll pray for that.”
All in all, Jackson was the first to congratulate Huntley after the Ravens’ big win.
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) November 21, 2021