Lamar Jackson leads Ravens past Titans for first playoff win

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NASHVILLE – Lamar Jackson finally has his first postseason win – and on the road, nothing less.
Combine that with Baltimore smothering 2,000-yard runner Derrick Henry, and the Ravens look tough in the playoffs.

Jackson ran for 136 yards and a 48-yard touchdown while throwing in for 179 more as the Ravens rallied 10 points to beat the Tennessee Titans 20-13 on Sunday in their AFC wild card game.

Baltimore has also kept Tennessee at their lowest points all season.

The Titans (11-6) had the ball and a chance to equalize when Marcus Peters intercepted Ryan Tannehill’s pass to Kalif Raymond with 1:50 left. After the roll, the Ravens got onto the pitch and started saying goodbye to the Titans – shooting a penalty that didn’t bother them at all.

“We’re finally done,” Jackson said. “We are finally done. ”

Tannehill believed Raymond had been knocked down by Peters.

“It really looked like it could’ve been a flag and probably should have been, but it wasn’t thrown, so here we are,” Tannehill said.

The Ravens (12-5) snapped a 21-game franchise losing streak in the regular season or playoffs by trailing by 10 or more. They will face seeded Kansas City or Buffalo in a divisional game staged by how Baltimore stopped Henry for the first time in three games.

The All-Pro has run all over the Ravens with 328 rushing yards combined in the last two games. With Calais Campbell and Brandon Williams back on the Baltimore D-line, Henry had his worst performance this season with 18 carries for 40 yards.

“Our defense was tired of hearing the noise,” Jackson said. “And they did what they were supposed to do. ”

Henry credited the Ravens with being the better team.

“It’s definitely going to sting probably on my mind for the rest of the year until we get back into place,” said Henry, who missed two key plays after catching 7 yards midway through the third quarter after. have lost a shoe.

Baltimore also slowed down an offense from Tennessee who was tied for fourth at 30.7 points per game and had more offensive yards per game during the season than any team except Kansas. City. The Ravens finished with a lead of 401-209 yards in total offense.

“This may be the best win I’ve ever been associated with…” said Baltimore coach John Harbaugh, who won a Super Bowl eight years ago and now has eight playoff wins. playoffs on the road, surpassing Hall of Famer’s career record Tom Landry and Tom Coughlin. “It was a very strong effort. Our tackle was strong, all outside support. That kind of physicality. We were able to hit him with several helmets and bring him back. ”

The Titans lost their first home playoff game in 12 years and now three of their last eight playoffs have ended on home turf by Baltimore.

“We won the division, held a home playoff game,” said Titans coach Mike Vrabel. “It wasn’t good enough today. Our guys competed and fought and failed. ”

Tennessee sacked Jackson five times and got an interception. But the Titans couldn’t slow Jackson enough after halftime. Jackson had the sixth game for 100 yards rushing by a postseason quarterback and joined Colin Kaepernick with two.

The Titans took a 10-0 lead with Tannehill throwing a 10-yard TD pass to Pro Bowl wide receiver AJ Brown. Stephen Gostkowski threw a basket established by the interception of Malcolm Butler, his first postseason since knocking out Russell Wilson in Super Bowl 49 to preserve New England’s victory over the Seahawks.

“We weren’t shaken,” Jackson said.

The defense of Baltimore, the second most stingy unit in the NFL, has taken over. The Ravens kept Tennessee within -7 yards in the second quarter, the third under in a quarter of a playoff game since the 2000 season.

The 2019 NFL MVP set up a 33-yard field goal by Justin Tucker with a 28-yard pass to Marquise Brown. Jackson then equalized by coming off for a 48-yard TD rush, diving for the pylon – the second-longest TD led by a Super Bowl-era quarterback behind Kaepernick’s 56-yard dash for the 49ers against the Packers January 12. 2013.

“It’s the best run I’ve seen by a quarterback,” said Harbaugh. “It just got us back into the game. We needed points at this point. ”

Rookie JK Dobbins went 17-10 with a 4-yard TD run to open the third quarter. This gave him a quick TD in seven straight games, second only to Maurice Jones-Drew’s eights in 2006 since the 1970 merger.

RARE TUCKER MISS

The Ravens missed a chance to bolster their lead when Tucker, with a 90.7 percent best kicking percentage in the NFL, missed a 52-yard wide early in the fourth quarter. Tucker had scored 48 consecutive goals in the fourth quarter or in overtime since his last 55-yard miss on Dec.6, 2015, in a loss to Miami.

Tucker delivered his next kick, a 51 yards for the final margin.

DOMINANCE RUSHING

This game was between the top two racing teams in the NFL, and the Ravens also won this category. Baltimore had a 236-51 yard advantage and had 13 first rushing downs, compared to just one for Tennessee.

INJURIES

Titans wide receiver Corey Davis was seen on the sideline without a helmet, but there was no report of his condition. Vrabel said only Davis couldn’t go.

NEXT

The Ravens continue their quest to redeem in the playoffs.

The Titans enter the offseason setting defense at the top of their to-do list.

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