Jackson did what he does, as only he can do it. His signature drive came in the third quarter, with the score tied at 13-13. On third-and-15, Jackson made a superb scramble, zig-zagging his way for 13 yards to set up fourth-and-2 at Seattle’s 8-yard line.
Harbaugh sent the field goal unit onto the field, but Jackson was livid when he came to the sideline. He wanted to go for it and told Harbaugh, who called timeout and sent the offense back onto the field.
Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman called a quarterback keeper for Jackson, who made a brilliant 8-yard run into the end zone for the go-ahead score.
Earlier in that drive, as the Ravens seemed to be headed for another red-zone field goal, Jackson had spiked the ball is disgust after the Ravens were called for a delay-of-game penalty when they didn’t snap the ball before the clock expired. Jackson was furious, but from that moment he channeled his anger into bringing out the best of his talent. His energy and his determination lifted the entire team.
“Football’s a game of a lot of aggression,” cornerback Marlon Humphrey said. “ I felt like something different came out of Lamar. We’re looking to you, at the end of the day. It’s going in your hands every play. When I seen that, I got pumped. He gave me a little boost out there.”
Jackson’s speed and elusiveness were more impressive running on a wet field, on a day when he had trouble with his footing. He changed cleats during the game, then went back to his original cleats when he didn’t like the backup cleats either.