BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - DECEMBER 12: Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens and quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 celebrate a touchdown in the third quarter of the game against the New York Jets at M&T Bank Stadium on December 12, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland.
(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

The Baltimore Ravens flexed their muscles on the national stage and dominated the depleted New York Jets on “Thursday Night Football.”

Thursday night showed just how far the New York Jets are from the NFL’s penthouse.

Lamar Jackson not only made NFL history but additionally contributed to five touchdowns for the Baltimore Ravens, who solidified their hold on home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. They ultimately ousted the Jets by a score of 42-21.

Baltimore (12-2) opened its enjoyable evening with an 84-yard trek punctuated by a memorable rushing record. A five-yard run in the red zone allowed Jackson to pass Michael Vick for the title of the most productive single-season rushing quarterback. Vick previously set the record with 1,039 rushing yards in 2006. On the very next play, Mark Ingram opened the scoring with a six-yard rush that gave Baltimore the early lead.

Jackson would build on his record with a 25-yard rush on the next drive. He then went on to find Miles Boykin for a five-yard scoring hook-up to give Baltimore a 13-0 lead.

The Jets (5-9) made things interesting in the middle stages. Sam Darnold found Jamison Crowder for a four-yard score to narrow the gap to 13-7 in the second quarter. Jackson again put the Ravens further ahead with a one-yard score to Mark Andrews (and also tallied a two-point conversion).

The Jets then had two drives go deep in Baltimore territory. However, a failed fourth-down conversion and a Darnold interception to Chuck Clark forced the Jets to go into the locker room down 21-7.

Baltimore’s rout truly began in the second half. As the Jets failed to capitalize on opportunities provided to them by their defense, Jackson found the end zone two more times. He connected with both Marquise Brown and Seth Roberts to put them up 35-7.

Special teams heroics gave the Jets brief hope, as B.J. Bello took a blocked punt back for a score. However, Jackson officially snuffed out New York’s hope with a 10-yard scoring pass to Ingram.

The Jets made the score semi-respectable with another scoring hookup between Darnold and Crowder in the final quarter. The score of 42-21 then stuck until the final whistle.

The Jets will engage in their 2019 home finale next Sunday, taking on the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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