LAMAR JACKSON, LAMAR JACKSON, LAMAR JACKSON, LAMAR JACKSON, (YES), “LAMAR DEMEATRICE JACKSON JR.” HAS REACHED THE PLAYOFFS IN THREE OUT OF FIRST THREE YEARS AS THE QUARTERBACK OF THE BALTIMORE RAVENS, AND WINS TODAY, IN AN OVERWHELMING VICTORY OVER THE TENNESSEE  TITANS, 20-13.

Lamar Jackson earns first playoff win as Ravens oust Titans

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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) works in the pocket against the Tennessee Titans during the first half an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Baltimore.

Lamar Jackson, Ravens defend dancing on Titans logo at the end of their wild-card playoff victory

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Lamar Jackson: There wasn’t any reason for us to shake hands with Titans

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Lamar Jackson refuses to be sacked, runs 48 yards for amazing TD instead

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Lamar Jackson and Ravens Get Win, and Revenge, Against Titans

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Ravens edge Titans to secure Lamar Jackson’s first-career playoff win

 

“WELL, HERE’S ALL OF THE HEADLINES, THEY TRIED TO DISCOURAGE LAMAR JACKSON PRIOR TO THIS GAME, BUT AFTER HE WON IT GOING AWAY, EVERYONE FORGOT TO SAY, HEY LAMAR, CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS GREAT WIN TODAY, A PURE CLASSLESS GESTURE”

Lamar Jackson wasn’t sweating his career playoff record any more than he was fretting over falling behind early to the Titans early in Sunday’s AFC wild card game in Nashville.

“I guess it’s what people have been saying,” he shrugged at being 0-2 in the postseason. “I wasn’t really worried about it. It’s just my third year in the league.”

In the Ravens’ 20-13 wild-card triumph in Tennessee, Jackson won the first playoff game of his career and delivered payback for last year’s upset loss to the Titans.

The reigning NFL MVP changed the game with a 48-yard touchdown scramble late in the second quarter, the second-longest postseason touchdown run by a quarterback, and bounced back from an early interception to record the biggest comeback of his career. Jackson rallied the Ravens from a 10-0 deficit after being 0-6 in his career when trailing by double digits.

“It feels great,” Jackson told ESPN’s Lisa Salters. “I’m happy we got it done.”

With speed and resiliency, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson exacted postseason revenge and silenced those who doubted he could win when it matters most.

The Ravens now have to wait for Sunday night’s game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns to see where they are headed for the AFC divisional round. If the Steelers win, Baltimore plays the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs, the defending Super Bowl champs. If the Browns win, the Ravens will visit the No. 2-seeded Buffalo Bills.

Jackson’s failures in the postseason were the major storyline heading into this game. He was 0-2 in the playoffs after the 28-12 upset loss to the Titans last year, when Baltimore was the AFC’s top seed and a 10-point favorite.

But Jackson said after the game that he “wasn’t really worried” about the chatter around his postseason record.

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“It’s just my third year in the league,” Jackson said. “I don’t really care what people say. I’m just happy we got the win and can move on to the next round. That’s all.”

Jackson and the Ravens fell behind 10-0 in the first quarter after a poor downfield throw resulted in an interception, setting up a Titans field goal. Unlike last season — when early mistakes snowballed — Jackson rebounded by going 16-of-21 for 178 yards the rest of the way.

“We stayed focused. We didn’t get rattled. My coaches didn’t get rattled,” Jackson told Salters. “I threw a dumbass — I’m sorry — dumb interception. But we kept fighting and made it happen.”

With 136 rushing yards, Jackson became the second quarterback in the Super Bowl era to total 100 rushing yards and score a rushing touchdown in a playoff game, joining Colin Kaepernick.

Jackson has produced one of the most memorable starts to an NFL career. He was the youngest quarterback to win NFL MVP last season. He became the fastest quarterback to win 30 games in NFL history when he clinched a playoff berth in the season finale (his 37th game).

Now he finally has a postseason victory.

WHO IS LAMAR JACKSON

Awards and highlights

College

NCAA Football

Louisville Cardinals football

  • Unanimous selection to Louisville Cardinals Team of the Decade (2010-2019)
  • First Louisville Cardinals quarterback named to All-American team: (2016)
  • Most career rushing attempts by a quarterback: 655 (2015-2017)
  • Most career rushing yards: 4,132 (2015-2017)
  • Most career rushing touchdowns: 50 (2015-2017)
  • Most passing touchdowns in a game: 6 (tied with Chris Redman) (2016)

NFL

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Jackson’s 2019 MVP acceptance speech, Ravens video

NFL records

  • First quarterback with multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons (2019, 2020)
  • Most rushing yards by a quarterback in a season: 1,206 (2019)
  • Most rushing attempts by a quarterback in a season: 159 (2019)
  • Most 100+ rushing yards games by a quarterback in a season: 5 (2019)
  • Most perfect passer ratings in a season (tied with Ben Roethlisberger): 2 (2019)
  • Youngest quarterback to ever start a playoff game: 21 years, 364 days (2018 Wild Card Round against the Los Angeles Chargers)
  • Youngest quarterback to achieve a perfect passer rating: 22 years, 244 days (Week 1, 2019)
  • Youngest quarterback to start a Pro Bowl game.
  • Highest touchdown passing percentage (7.4%) in the Super Bowl Era (minimum 500 attempts)

Ravens franchise records

  • First quarterback to start in a Pro Bowl game.
  • First quarterback to make First team All-Pro.
  • Most rushing yards by a quarterback in a game: 152 (Week 6, 2019)
  • Most passing touchdowns in a season: 36 (2019)
  • Lowest percentage of passes intercepted, season: 1.5 (2019)
  • Lowest percentage of passes intercepted, career: 1.6 (2018-2019)
  • Most games with a perfect passer rating: 2
  • Most passing touchdowns in a game: 5 (tied with Joe Flacco and Tony Banks)
  • Highest completion percentage in a game: 88.2
  • Highest completion percentage in a season: 66.1 (2019)
  • Highest completion percentage, career: 64.0 (2018-2020)
  • Highest passer rating, season: 113.3 (2019)
  • Highest passer rating, career: 102.6 (2018-2020)