Lamar Jackson breaks single-season QB rushing record

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  • By Grant Gordon NFL.com
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With two weeks still to go in the regular season, Lamar Jackson has run into the record books.

Jackson's fleet feet have carried him past Michael Vick as the new single-season standard bearer for rushing yards by a quarterback.

With a five-yard carry in Thursday night's 42-21 win over the Jets, Jackson ran past Vick's mark of 1,039 yards set in 2006.

Entering Thursday night's contest, Jackson had 1,017 yards on the ground and needed 23 to set a new mark unto himself. He had previously joined Vick as the only quarterbacks in the NFL's 100-year history to have rushed for 1,000 yards in a season when he hurdled the touchstone mark in Week 14 against the Bills.

"It's pretty cool," Jackson said after the game of breaking Vick's record. "My favorite player growing up. It's amazing, and I'm gonna cherish that forever and just gotta keep it going. Records are meant to be broken, like he said, I heard him say that. It's an honor for me to do it."

Jackson's record-breaking run was his third carry of the opening drive, which ended a play later with a six-yard touchdown run by Mark Ingram. Jackson's first run and the second play of the drive was a 20-yard scamper and he later tallied a two-yard gain that briefly tied him with Vick. Following the run, Jackson stood at 1,044 for the season. By game's end, Jackson has 86 rushing yards on eight carries and 1,103 yards on the year.

The Ravens quarterback also added 212 yards and five touchdowns through the air, giving him a league-high 33 touchdown passes on the season, tied for a franchise record set by Vinny Testaverde in 1996.

"Throwing 'em!" Jackson celebrated in his postgame presser when alerted to the record. "That's amazing. That's hats off to the tight ends, running backs, Pat Ricard the fullback, the receivers, because it's them. They're catching the passes and scoring the touchdowns."

Heading into the game, Jackson had surpassed 100 yards rushing in four games, which is an NFL record. And the records don't need to stop on Thursday as Jackson can become the first player in NFL chronicle to produce 1,000 yards rushing and a 100-plus QB rating at season's end and he can become the first since Steve Young in 1994 to lead the position in rushing yards and touchdown throws.

And, of course, two more games remain for Jackson to further establish a new single-season rushing mark for quarterbacks and leave an already lasting mark upon a historic 2019 campaign.

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