BALTIMORE -- Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has taken a major step as a passer this season, but he reminded everyone Sunday that he remains the greatest running quarterback in NFL history.
In Sunday's 34-31 overtime win over the Minnesota Vikings, Jackson recorded his 12th career 100-yard rushing game (including the postseason), which set an NFL record for quarterbacks. In his fourth NFL season, Jackson moved past Michael Vick, who had 11 such games across his 13-year career.
Jackson has produced 10 100-yard rushing games during the regular season, which ties Vick..
As usual, Jackson was at a loss for words when asked about the record after the win.
"Of course, I respect [Vick's] game. That's cool," Jackson said, lifting up his arms. "I don't know what to say. That's pretty cool, though."
Jackson's 120 yards rushing in the win tied for the third most of his career, and an inside look into the numbers tells a broader tale:
He averaged 5.7 yards per rush, the sixth game this season he has averaged at least 5 yards per rush.
He produced 15 rushes of at least 5 yards, the most by any player in a game this season.
And he totaled 92 rushing yards before first contact (4.4 yards before contact per rush). He has 447 rushing yards before first contact this season, the most by any quarterback.
Jackson said he ran because he took what the Minnesota defense gave him.
"We just had to do what we had to do to get the victory," Jackson said. "We just ran for a lot today. That's just what it was."
Jackson had an up-and-down day passing, throwing three touchdowns amid two interceptions. He was much more consistent with his running, gaining 99 yards in the first three quarters.
This was Jackson's second 100-yard rushing game of the season and his first since the Week 2 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Jackson's 21 carries were the second most of his career. He hadn't run over 16 times since 2019.
Can Jackson run too much? "I don't know," coach John Harbaugh said. "We won."
Asked if this amount of running is sustainable, Harbaugh said, "There are no long-term sustainability observations. That's not even relevant. Would you rather not run 21 times and lose the game? It's crazy to even suggest that."
Jackson moved past John Elway and Donovan McNabb for No. 8 on the all-time rushing list for quarterbacks in the victory, which kept the Ravens (6-2) atop the AFC North.