How LeBron James and Others Reacted to Ravens' Epic Win Over Browns on MNF

Week 14 of the NFL season ended with an instant classic as the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Cleveland Browns in one of the games of the year, which featured twists and turns aplenty and a heroic comeback inspired by Lamar Jackson.

Despite dealing with cramp, the reigning NFL MVP returned to the field late in the fourth quarter. He threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Marquise Brown to put the Ravens 42-35 ahead with 1:51 left in the game, before setting up Justin Tucker's winning field goal with seven seconds left in the fourth quarter after a six-play, 38-yard drive.

The AFC North showdown in Cleveland featured nine rushing touchdowns, equaling the joint-most in a single game in NFL history—the previous two instances both occurred in 1922—and the combined 89 points scored made him the third-highest scoring game in Monday Night Football history.

Unsurprisingly, the game set social media alight, with LeBron James and Magic Johnson amid the sport stars gripped by the drama.

"Wow, what a game," James, a big Browns fan, tweeted.

Wow what a GAME!!!

— LeBron James (@KingJames) December 15, 2020

Johnson echoed the stance: "This is why I love watching the NFL! Two great young quarterbacks, Lamar Jackson and Baker Mayfield, dueling it out on MNF! Looking forward to see them for years to come."

This is why I love watching the NFL! Two great young quarterbacks, Lamar Jackson and Baker Mayfield, dueling it out on MNF! Looking forward to seeing them for years to come. @Lj_era8 @bakermayfield

— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) December 15, 2020

NFL players were also captivated by what they saw.

"This game is wild," tweeted Detroit Lions running back Adrian Peterson, while former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate were also impressed by what they saw.

"Overall incredible game! I love this game man! Football is unmatched!," McCoy tweeted.

This game is wild 🤯

— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) December 15, 2020

Monday Night Football like..... 😳 pic.twitter.com/l3KCffVtF0

— Golden Tate (@ShowtimeTate) December 15, 2020

Overall incredible game!! I love this game man!! Football is unmatched!!

— Gerald McCoy (@Geraldini93) December 15, 2020

The two AFC North rivals exchanged touchdowns in the first quarter with Browns running back Nick Chubb and Jackson both rushing in for a score. The Ravens took the lead in the second quarter thanks to Gus Edwards' 11-yard touchdown run, before Chubb and Jackson again exchanged touchdowns to give Baltimore a seven-point lead at halftime.

The Ravens extended their lead to 14 points early in the second half thanks to Edwards' second touchdown of the night, before J.K. Dobbins rushing touchdown put Baltimore 34-20 ahead after Kareem Hunt's five-yard line had momentarily cut the lead down to eight points.

Cleveland rallied in the final quarter, with Baker Mayfield hitting Rashard Higgins for a 21-yard touchdown pass and the first touchdown pass of the game, before rushing for a five-yard touchdown run to give the home team a 35-34 lead with 6:33 left in the game.

Crucially, however, after the Browns cut the Ravens' lead to six points, Baltimore returned to the field without Jackson—who had returned to the locker room to deal with cramps.

"I started cramping on the field," Jackson explained afterward. "Like, right before the two passes I [threw] to Willie [Snead] and Mark [Andrews], the overthrows, I was cramping, my throwing arm.

Jackson returned to the field with the Ravens trailing by one and engineered a nine-play, 78-yard drive that lasted almost five minutes and ended with Jackson throwing a touchdown pass to Brown.

The Ravens quarterback finished 11-of-17 for 163 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 124 yards—the most of any NFL quarterback this season—and two touchdowns over nine carries.

"And here comes Lamar Jackson!"

A moment we'll all remember. 😈 pic.twitter.com/q3HLI9U3Hg

— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 15, 2020

Lamar Jackson with his Willis Reed moment. An unbelievable game and a huge win for the Ravens in a game they needed. Wow.

— Jake Brown (@JakeBrownRadio) December 15, 2020

Mayfield then hit Hunt for a 22-yard touchdown pass to tie the game, before Jackson set up Tucker's winning field goal.

"That's a really good football team with a lot of heart," Ravens coach John Harbaugh told ESPN after the game. "It's a game that's going to go down in history. Our guys had faith and trust and belief and sometimes that's what it takes."

Baltimore improved to 8-5 with the win, remaining in the hunt for a playoff spot and drawing level with the Miami Dolphins, who currently hold the final wildcard berth by virtue of holding the tiebreaker over the Ravens. The Browns, meanwhile, slid to 9-4 but remain in control of the first wildcard spot.

Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens
Justin Tucker #9 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates with Lamar Jackson #8 after making the go-ahead field goal during the fourth quarter in the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 14, in Cleveland, Ohio. Baltimore won 47-42. Jason Miller/Getty