Jackson was so impressive that he earned a shout out from Colts owner Jim Irsay, who said the young quarterback’s performance “may have been the single greatest performance in NFL’s/100 yr. history.”
Sayers, a 1977 Hall of Fame inductee, needed just 11 touches from scrimmage to reach 202 yards and five touchdowns, adding 134 yards and another touchdown on five punt returns.
But the Bears never trailed on their way to a 61-20 rout of the 49ers, while Jackson’s Ravens were behind by as many as 19 points in the second half, including a 16-point deficit entering the fourth quarter.
Jackson has received criticism throughout his career for a perceived inability to lead comebacks, but he proved the doubters wrong on Monday night.
Mark Ingram Sr., Jackson’s former teammate in Baltimore, continued to hype up the 2019 MVP on Twitter after the Ravens completed their comeback.
After out-dueling Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes in Week 2 and throwing for 316 yards against the Denver Broncos in Week 4, Jackson has spent much of this season countering narratives that have followed in him his career. With 442 passing yards, three touchdowns and a massive comeback in primetime, Jackson has firmly established himself not only as one of the best playmakers in the NFL, but one of the league’s best passers as well.
Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner openly wondered if the NFL would be able to stop Jackson if he keeps improving at such a meteoric rate, especially as a passer.
Jackson Earns AFC POTW Honors
Jackson was named AFC Player of the Week for his efforts on Monday night, which included a personal and franchise record for single-game passing yards.
He also set an NFL record for completion percentage for quarterbacks with either at least 40 attempts or 400 passing yards.
This marks the eighth time Jackson has earned recognition as AFC Player of the Week in his career, all of which have come in his last 35 starts since the beginning of the 2019 NFL season, per ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. That means that Jackson earns the award in almost 25% of his starts, a figure to which no other current or past NFL player comes even close.
If Jackson is able to keep up his impressive level of play, he’ll have a shot at reaching the NFL’s all-time POTW leaderboard, currently topped by Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady with 31.
Jackson Set for Big Payday
Jackson’s performance against the Colts is yet another reason that the former Louisville Cardinal will likely earn a massive contract from the Ravens in the near future. Baltimore has already exercised their fifth-year option for the young signal caller, ensuring he will be under center for the Ravens during the 2022 season, but Jackson is obviously in the team’s future plans.
Jackson has made headlines for negotiating his own contract without the use of an agent, but that strategy seems to be working out for him. With every MVP-worthy game, Jackson’s value goes up, and he appears firmly in control of his future earnings.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers and Ravens wide receiver Mike Wallace even thinks Jackson deserves to be the highest-paid player in the history of the NFL.
While that distinction currently belongs to Patrick Mahomes, who signed a contract for 10 years and half a billion dollars in July 2020, Jackson could approach that figure, especially if he earns another NFL MVP award this season.