Mark Andrews has been one of the most prolific tight ends in the NFL in the red zone. He had 17 touchdowns over the previous two seasons. But when the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts began Monday night, Andrews was on the verge of an eighth straight game without a score dating back to last year.
Quarterback Lamar Jackson and Andrews believed it was only a matter of time. Yet, they couldn’t have imagined this. In a nine-minute span of the fourth quarter, Andrews found the end zone four times in the Ravens’ stunning 31-25 overtime win.
“It felt good,” Andrews said, his voice cracking with emotion. “It felt good.”
Andrews said that his grandmother had passed away a few days earlier and he vowed to honor her appropriately. He then went out and caught 11 balls for 147 yards, two touchdowns and two two-point conversions. It was the most productive day for a tight end in terms of yards in franchise history and his 11 catches matched Dennis Pitta’s single-game team record set in 2016.
Andrews also became the first tight end since the NFL merger in 1970 to have two touchdown catches and two two-point conversions in a game.
“Lamar makes my job so easy,” Andrews said. “I’m just trying to get open, find zones, find different things. I know that he’s going to be able to put me in a good spot, and that’s what he did. Just being able to come and make big plays when they matter and catch the ball. So, again, everybody did that.
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