With 10 minutes left the Ravens leading by 32 points, Jackson remained in the game and, once dismissed, came back to pass three times. Harbaugh removed Jackson a series later and had four minutes left in the fourth quarter.
“We didn’t have any presence games,” Jackson said Wednesday. “I was facing it for the first time since January, so I felt we needed it. The coach knows what he is doing. This is what you can hurt at any time. I’m good. I’m 100 percent out of the game. So, that’s fine. ”
Last season, the Ravens ran to such a large lead that Jackson won the entire fourth quarter in two games and played only half of the fourth quarter in two other instances.
On Monday, Harbag did not anticipate his choice to leave Jackson until it was late in the fourth quarter.
“We are not going to react to every criticism,” Harbag said. “We could even get him out of the game, he could also keep him safe, but we weren’t going to do that.”