Fresh off the bench (and the reserve/COVID-19 list) to replace the struggling Robert Griffin III in the fourth quarter against the undefeated Steelers, Trace McSorley threw his first career touchdown pass to Marquise Brown to give the Ravens a glimmer of hope.
That hope was short-lived, as the defense failed to get off the field and Pittsburgh ran out the remaining time on the clock. Still, that doesn’t take away from what was a beautifully executed pass-and-catch for six points in Baltimore’s favor.
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McSorley found a streaking “Hollywood” Brown on the right side of the field, and after a series of stutter steps and 84 yards later, the lead was shrunk to six points before Justin Tucker kicked home the extra-point attempt.
McSorley and Griffin played in place of Lamar Jackson, who was among the many Ravens placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list in the days proceeding the game. Jackson took to Twitter to recognize the long TD.
McSorley, a sixth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Nov. 20 before getting cleared for Wednesday’s game. Though the end result was unfavorable for the Ravens, it’s certainly a marquee achievement in McSorley’s football career.
McSorley entered the Ravens’ 19-14 loss to the Steelers on Wednesday in the fourth quarter and completed two of six passes for 77 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions. He also rushed three times for 16 yards.
The second-year signal-caller had just been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, and he was pressed into action with Robert Griffin suffering from both ineffectiveness and a hamstring strain. McSorley ended up spearheading the most explosive offensive play of the afternoon for the Ravens, connecting with Marquise Brown for a 70-yard touchdown in which the latter did the bulk of the work with his run after the catch. The appearance was only the second of McSorley’s season-plus as a pro, and with Griffin now ailing, the Penn State product could be in line to serve as the primary backup to Lamar Jackson (illness) in Tuesday’s Week 13 battle against the Cowboys assuming the latter is cleared to return for that game.