Odell Beckham Jr. Turns to Allen Iverson for Inspiration as Ravens Find the Answer Against Texans

Published 01/20/2024, 8:16 PM EST

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While the Baltimore Ravens got to their first AFC Championship Game in this era, one player stole the spotlight. Even though Lamar Jackson was sensational, cameras couldn’t help but notice a subtle tribute. Returning from an injury the past season, Odell Beckham Jr. would seek inspiration from none other than Allen Iverson as his team found a way to victory.

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During the game, fans and media alike caught a glimpse of the star receiver sporting an unusual pair of cleats. While going with the Ravens’ color scheme, the design was a familiar sight. Inspired by the Answer-4 by AI, the cleats were a subtle, but obvious ode to a legend. Complex Sneakers was quick to pick up on the reference. But they were just a small piece of a larger pie.

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For the team, the moment is historic. For Lamar, it might silence any doubters that were left. The questions might finally have an answer. For years, the script for Lamar Jackson has been the same. Despite unmatched physical attributes and athleticism, his shortcomings in the playoffs held him back. In 5 seasons, the youngster was yet to have a signature playoff moment, let alone a game.

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En route to winning his 2nd MVP this season, the youngest in NFL history, the questions were high for the game. But the dynamic quarterback came through for his team. And he did so in a thoroughly dominant display. Both running and passing, there was no stopping one of the game’s all-time greats.

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Despite facing a rookie quarterback and an overachieving Houston Texans team, the odds weren’t in Lamar’s favor. Because CJ Stroud was coming off of, what might statistically be the best rookie QB season in NFL history. Moreover, his regular season success had translated to a perfect passer rating playoff upset.

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Given Jackson’s own struggles, doubts were high. But, behind a stifling defense, a rabid crowd, and jaw-dropping plays, the 2nd unanimous MVP in NFL history willed his team to victory. While both players could not get a passing game going, Lamar was able to come through in critical moments.

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But, it was his running game, the ability that puts him in rarefied air alongside Michael Vick, that proved to be the difference maker. With 100 rushing yards and 2 rushing TDs, Lamar’s dual game was the Answer. Now, a date for the AFC Championship Game awaits next week, against either Josh Allen or Patrick Mahomes.

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Can Lamar continue his otherworldly season and solidify himself among the all-time greats? Or are there more questions left to answer?

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