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Baltimore Ravens rally for OT win over the Indianapolis Colts behind Lamar Jackson's huge game

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BALTIMORE — A slow start, a goal-line fumble and career day from a resurgent Carson Wentz weren’t enough to derail the Baltimore Ravens as Lamar Jackson directed a fourth-quarter comeback that paved the way for a 31-25 overtime victory Monday night at M&T Bank Stadium.

Jackson had a career passing day of his own, racking up 442 yards and four touchdowns -- all in the second half -- and Baltimore extended its win streak to four games, improving to 4-1.

Indianapolis, meanwhile, fell to 1-4 after blowing a 25-9 fourth quarter lead and missing two field goals and an extra point on the night.

With his team down 22-3, Jackson connected with Marquise Brown for a 43-yard touchdown pass, breaking out of a funk that had seen the Ravens struggle offensively, going 0-for-5 on third downs in the first half. The struggles also included Jackson fumbling at the goal line early in the third quarter.

Jackson then completed touchdown passes of five and four yards to tight end Mark Andrews, and completed two-point conversion passes to Andrews on each as well. The last Andrews connection came with 39 seconds left and tied the game at 25. Indianapolis moved into field goal range, but kicker Rodrigo Blankenship missed a 47-yard attempt, sending the game into overtime.

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Lamar Jackson passes the ball against the Indianapolis Colts.
Lamar Jackson passes the ball against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Ravens won the overtime toss and Jackson cooly directed the overtime scoring drive that he capped with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Brown, winning the game as Baltimore fans rained down chants of “M-V-P! M-V-P!”

Jackson's day overshadowed a strong day by Wentz, who after struggling for much of the first month of the season, erupted Monday night for a career-high 402 passing yards and two touchdown passes. Jackson also is the first player in NFL history with 400 or more passing yards and a completion percentage of 85% or better in the same game.

But defensive letdowns in the second half, and kicking game woes proved costly.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Lamar Jackson leads Ravens' come-from-behind overtime win vs. Colts