Lamar Jackson Silences Critics With Record-Setting Game and First Playoff Win

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  • Lamar Jackson got his first playoff win as the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Tennessee Titans 20-13 on Sunday.
  • Jackson joined Dan Marino and Patrick Mahomes as the only QBs to win a playoff game and the MVP award by their age-23 season.
  • He also recorded the second-longest TD run by a QB in the history of the NFL playoffs with a 48-yard TD run.

Entering Sunday, Lamar Jackson was looking to avoid becoming the 10th quarterback to go 0-3 in his first playoffs start since 1960. After Tennessee took a 10-0 first quarter lead, it appeared that Lamar would join that infamous list. The fact that he was 0-6 in his career as a starter ( during the regular season and playoffs ) when trailing by at least 10 points made it all the more precarious for the Ravens.

Lamar’s failures in the postseason were the major storyline heading to the game. He was 0-2 in the playoffs heading to this game. Jackson failed in 2019 despite being the unanimous choice for MVP honors. Last season, the Ravens were upset 28-12 by the Tennessee Titans despite being the top seed in the AFC and as a 10-point betting favorite.

Reversing His Playoff Fortune

But Jackson reversed his postseason fortune on Sunday. He completed 17 of 24 passes for 179 yards with no touchdown and one interception for a 74.8 passer rating. He also rushed for 136 yards including a 48-yard rushing touchdown as the Ravens erased a 10-point first quarter deficit to beat the Tennessee Titans 20-13. Since the 1:38 mark of the first quarter, Jackson went 16-21 with 172 passing yards and a 99.7% passer rating.

Not only did he get his first playoff win and first career win after trailing by 10 points, he also joined Patrick Mahomes and Dan Marino as the only players in NFL history to win an MVP award and win a playoff game by their age-23 season. Lamar turned 24 this pas week but the 2020 NFL season counts as his age-23 season because he was 23 years old in week 1 of the regular season. Jackson also became the 4th-youngest quarterback to lead a double-digit comeback in NFL postseason history and the youngest since Ben Roethlisberger since 2005.

Jackson’s 48-yard touchdown run is the second-longest rushing score by a quarterback in the history of the NFL playoffs with only Colin Kapernick’s 56-yard touchdown run in the 2012 Divisional round was longer. He also joined Kapernick as the only quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era to record 100+ rushing yards and one rushing touchdown in a playoff game and the only QBs to have two 100+ rushing games in the postseason. Jackson and Kapernick own four out of the six 100+ yard rushing games by a QB in the playoffs.

One of The Best Starts to NFL Career

Earlier this season, Jackson tied the legendary Dan Marino for the best ever 30-game start by a QB to his NFL career at 25-5 (.833) in the Super Bowl era. The only quarterbacks to win more than 23 games in their first 30 NFL starts were Roger Staubach and Kurt Warner who were 24-6. Marino and Jackson produced their record-breaking starts after being passed in the NFL draft. Marino was only the sixth QB taken in the 1983 draft while Jackson was the 5th QB selected in 2018.

Jackson was the Ravens’ 1st round pick (32nd overall) in the 2018 NFL Draft after winning two ACC Player of the Year awards and the 2016 Heisman Trophy at Louisville. Since taking over from Joe Flacco in the middle of the 2018 season, he’s ushered a new era in Baltimore and set several NFL records.

During his MVP season, Jackson broke Michael Vick’s record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single season with 1,206 in 2019. That same year, he also set the record for most rush attempts in a single season by a QB with 176. Jackson is also the only QB to have two 1,000 rushing yard seasons and also tied Ben Roethlisberger for the most games with a perfect passer rating during a single season with 2.

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