INDIANAPOLIS – Joe Flacco threw a touchdown pass in the first half, Lamar Jackson added another and the Baltimore Ravens ruined the presentation of Andrew Luck at home by defeating Indianapolis Colts 20-19 on Monday-evening.
Flacco looked accurate and completed 7 or 9 passes for 72 yards before he left.
Jackson then showed flashes of what helped him win the Heisman Trophy in 2016. He completed 7 out of 15 attempts for 49 yards and dragged the ball four times for 26 yards before making way for another Heisman winner, Robert Griffin III, in the fourth period.
But the Colts fans wanted to see what Luck would do after a thorough presentation in his preseason opening visit to the Seattle Seahawks.
This time Luck had a difficult night. He threw an interception before he got his first full pass, got a hard hit from Terrell Suggs in the first of two bags, and led Indy only to a scoring ride, which set a field goal from Adam Vinatieri, 45 years old, of 57 meters .
Happiness completed 6 out of 13 shipments for 50 yards with a passer rating of 24.5.
The Colts (1-1) wasted a red zone chance of intercepting Luck and another when they delivered the ball in attempts to the Ravens 3-yard line in the third period. They got their first touchdown when Jordan Wilkins' loose ball fell into the hands of Chester Rogers in the end zone.
After the rumbling of Tarell Basham on the 9-yard led Ravens 9 to the Phillip Walker scoring pass for Zach Pascal with 2:24 to play, giving the Colts the opportunity to come back, Walker was stopped to get the conversion of 2 points in a carry.
Baltimore recovered the short flight to end the result.
Flacco gave the Ravens a 7-3 lead in the second period when he found John Brown for a 7 yard touchdown.
After Indy had put him on the unlikely score of Rogers 10-7, Jackson drove a hasty run to perfection by the end of the first half, culminating in Justin Tucker's field goal of 38 yards with 2 seconds left.
The quarterback of the Ravens again benefited after Colts rookie Nyheim Hines lost the ball at the kickoff that opened the second half.
Five times later, Jackson connected with Chris Moore on a 7-yard touchdown pass to leave the score at 17-10, an advantage that the Ravens never lost.
Kaare Vedvik converted 48-yard field goal Michael Badgley of Indianapolis also scored a 43 yard field goal in the fourth period.