Lamar Jackson and the Ravens overwhelmed the Jets on Thursday in a 42-21 victory in which Jackson sat for much of the final quarter.
Baltimore (12-2) rushed for 218 yards against a New York defense that entered as the best run-prevention unit in the NFL. Jackson carried eight times for 86 yards, in the process breaking Michael Vick’s single-season rushing record for quarterbacks. He also tied his career high with five touchdown passes as he continued to impress in all facets.
With the victory, the Ravens clinched the AFC North and moved closer to securing home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. One more win and they are guaranteed to host the conference championship game, should they make it that far.
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With the defeat, the Jets (5-9) sealed a fourth consecutive losing season. They played from behind for most of the game and hurt themselves with mistakes (two turnovers and a missed field goal kick) and wasted opportunities.
Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights from Ravens vs. Jets on “Thursday Night Football” Week 15. Here’s how Baltimore won:
Jets vs. Ravens final score
Highlights, analysis from ‘Thursday Night Football’
Final: Ravens 42, Jets 21
11:09 p.m. — Griffin indeed enters the game for the Ravens to replace Jackson.
11:06 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, Jets. Darnold and Crowder link up for a score for the second time tonight. 2-point conversion is good. 42-21, Jets.
11:04 p.m. — The Jets quickly advance to the red zone. Even if they score, though, it appears Jackson’s night is done. Robert Griffin III is warming up on the sideline.
10:58 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, Ravens. An immediate response by Baltimore restores order. Jackson slings his fifth touchdown pass of the game, which ties his career high. 42-13, Ravens.
10:50 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, Jets. New York blocks a punt and returns it for a TD. That came out of nowhere. Extra point is no good. 35-13, Ravens.
10:38 p.m. — Only real question as the fourth quarter begins: How much longer does Jackson need to stay in?
End of third quarter: Ravens 35, Jets 7
10:34 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, Ravens. Lamar Jackson now has four touchdown passes. This one went to Seth Roberts. Another dominant, MVP-worthy performance. 35-7, Ravens.
10:19 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, Ravens. The Ravens, ruthless as ever, go for the throat with a deep ball from Jackson to Marquise Brown, who barely manages to drag his second foot to secure the score. 28-7, Ravens.
10:16 p.m. — FUMBLE. Darnold gets stripped inside his own 40. Baltimore recovers.
10:04 p.m. — No dice for New York. Adam Gase’s squad punts the ball right back.
10 p.m. — The Ravens punt, and the Jets get a chance to cut into their deficit.
9:57 p.m. — The second half is underway. Baltimore in possession.
Halftime: Ravens 21, Jets 7
9:42 p.m. — The Jets get the ball back via punt and move the ball past midfield, but Darnold is intercepted.
9:32 p.m. — Turnover on downs. Can’t fault the Jets for being aggressive and going for it, but that’s a crucial missed opportunity after moving the ball well down the field.
9:28 p.m. — Two-minute warning.
9:25 p.m. — Darnold has settled into this game nicely. He’s stringing together third-down conversions and has moved the Jets into the red zone.
9:13 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, Ravens. Jackson connects with Mark Andrews for the score. 2-point conversion is successful. 21-7, Ravens.
9:05 p.m. — The Ravens have run the ball 10 times for 106 yards so far. Entering play, the Jets defense had allowed just 3 yards per carry.
9 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, Jets. After dropping a sure-touchdown one play before, Crowder makes amends. 13-7, Ravens.
8:58 p.m. — Darnold completes a 41-yard pass to Jamison Crowder.
End of first quarter: Ravens 13, Jets 0
8:47 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, Ravens. Jackson throws to a wide-open Miles Boykin. Extra point is no good. 13-0, Ravens.
8:47 p.m. — Jackson is up to 52 yards rushing in the first quarter.
8:45 p.m. — Huge run for Ingram all the way inside New York’s 40. So much for that great Jets run defense limiting the Ravens on the ground.
8:41 p.m. — No good. Sam Ficken misses a 49-yard field goal attempt for the Jets.
8:34 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, Ravens. Mark Ingram breaks into the end zone. 7-0, Ravens.
8:33 p.m. — JACKSON BREAKS VICK’S ALL-TIME SINGLE-SEASON QB RUSHING RECORD. He’s done it with several games to spare. A historic season.
8:32 p.m. — Baltimore is inside the 15.
8:27 p.m. — Jackson throws for a first down, then carries it for another first.
8:26 p.m. — New York goes three-and-out.
8:24 p.m. — Our Thursday night game is underway. The Jets start with the ball.
8:13 p.m. — Jets team huddle time.
7:50 p.m. — Baltimore is getting into its desired headspace about 40 minutes before kickoff.
7 p.m. — The Jets defense will be missing some notable pieces tonight.