Spears: Lamar Jackson looked like he had "Mamba mentality" in win

January 11, 2021

Lamar Jackson finally silenced all the noise surrounding his ability to win big games, putting the Tennessee Titans away with some key plays down the stretch.

NFL Live's Marcus Spears went as far as to compare the quarterback's play to that of the late Black Mamba, Kobe Bryant.

"A lot of time we relegate these types of conversations to the NBA," Spears said on the show on Monday. "We talk about Kobe's killer instincts, Mamba Mentality."

"Lamar went in at halftime and told Greg Roman, 'I'm the best player on the football field. Let me win it.' That's what the second half looked like."

In the second quarter, Jackson tied the game with an emphatic 48-yard rushing touchdown, the second-longest touchdown run by a quarterback in the playoffs of the Super Bowl era.

Jackson carried that momentum into the third quarter, getting it done with both his legs and his arm to set up a 4-yard rushing touchdown for running back J.K. Dobbins to give the Ravens the lead.

The Ravens defense stepped up throughout the game, but at the end of it all, it was a 33-yard scramble from Lamar Jackson late in the fourth that put the game out of reach for the Titans. 

Few professional athletes possess the intangible quality that allows them to decide that they are going to win a game by any means necessary. Kobe Bryant was undoubtedly one of them. For Spears to put Jackson's name in the same sentence as the five-time NBA champion is the ultimate compliment.

We'll see if the 24-year-old can live up to it when his Ravens take on the Bills in the AFC Divisional Round on Saturday night.