Dec 29, 2019
Jamison HensleyESPN Staff Writer
- University of Maryland graduate
- Lives in the Baltimore area with his wife and son
On Gus Edwards‘ 9-yard run early in the second quarter, the Ravens surpassed the 1978 New England Patriots for most rushing yards in a single season. The Patriots ran for 3,165 yards that season, a record that stood for 41 years. The Ravens finish the 2019 season with 3,296 rushing yards.
“That’s like Joe DiMaggio’s record,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “That’s the record that would never be broken, and it just got broken by the 2019 Baltimore Ravens. It feels real good. That’s something that these guys are going to have, and we’re all going to carry with us for a long time, coaches and players. But what it’s not, it’s not a Super Bowl victory either. That’s what they remember you for.”
Needing 93 yards entering Sunday’s game, Baltimore kept it on the ground and totaled 223 rushing yards in the 28-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers and the NFL’s No. 11 run defense. The Ravens established the milestone on third-and-1 when Edwards powered his way up the middle.
The Ravens became the third team in league history to eclipse 3,000 yards rushing in a season on the strength of an unconventional offense. Using a deceptive run-option style, Jackson used his speed to beat teams to the edges and running back Mark Ingram II powered his way between the tackles.
Baltimore has run for more than 200 yards nine times this season, including five of its past seven games.
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In Week 15, Jackson broke Michael Vick’s single-season record for most rushing yards by a quarterback. In Week 16, Jackson and Ingram became the seventh pair of teammates to rush for 1,000 yards in the same season.
On Sunday, Baltimore didn’t play Jackson or Ingram because it had wrapped up the top seed in the AFC. That left Edwards and Robert Griffin III to finish off the Ravens’ record-setting run to history.
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