Jackson, the electric, dual-threat quarterback and NFL Most Valuable Player front-runner, eclipsed his childhood idol in the first quarter against the heavy underdog New York Jets on a chilly night at M&T Bank Stadium. He entered the game needing 23 yards to surpass Vick’s mark of 1,039, set in 2006, and gained 27 on Baltimore’s opening drive, breaking the record on a 5-yard run after a fake to Mark Ingram. He got around the right corner before taking a hard hit that landed him on his back.
The Fox broadcast later cut to a taped segment of Vick congratulating Jackson.
“Lamar, I just want to say congratulations on making history,” Vick said. “One of many milestones that you will surpass in your career. Best of luck in everything that you do. You deserve it. Keep up the hard work, and I’ll always be rooting for you.”
Jackson finished with eight carries for a team-high 86 yards in Baltimore’s 42-21 victory to run his season total to 1,103. He also completed 15 of 23 passes for 212 yards and increased his NFL-leading total of touchdown passes to 33, tying the franchise season record set by Vinny Testaverde in 1996.
The win clinched the AFC North title for the Ravens (12-2), and they now set their sights on clinching the top spot in the conference.
“I don’t think I care, really,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of Jackson’s record. “Michael Vick is great, and I love how he’s supported Lamar. I’m sure it’s something that Lamar will look back on fondly. But right now, he’s got other things to worry about.”
Jackson broke Vick’s rushing mark on Baltimore’s opening possession while guiding the Ravens on an 84-yard march. The quarterback ran three times for 27 yards and completed all three of his passes for 41 yards before Ingram ran in from the New York 6.
“It’s really cool, my favorite player growing up,” Jackson said of Vick. “It’s amazing and I’m going to cherish that forever and we just got to keep it going. Records are meant to be broken like he said and it’s really cool for me to do it.”
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SOURCE: ESPN, Jamison Hensley