Lamar Jackson Shows Derrick Henry Who’s Boss as Ravens Make Divisional Playoff Round

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January 11, 2021 6:08 am

Reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson was having a mediocre season in the build-up to Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans. The Baltimore Ravens quarterback came under immense criticism for his inconsistent displays over the course of the last four months. Some critics even went ahead and claimed that Jackson was a one-season wonder.

However, the Florida-born athlete silenced his doubters with a stellar display in the Wild Card Playoffs. Jackson 17 of 24, threw for 179 yards against one interception. But the highlight of his day was a 49-yard rushing touchdown to get the Ravens even right before half-time.

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Lamar Jackson gets first playoff win as Titans bow out in Wild Card Round

While Lamar was literally unstoppable this weekend, his counterpart, Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry was the opposite. The dangerous running back didn’t look like himself as the Ravens defense did their best to reduce Henry’s lethal runs. Consequently, he could put together just 40 yards on 18 carries.

Prior to today’s game, the Titans’ superstar had rushed for 2,000+ yards and had 17 rushing touchdowns this season. He was also being touted as a potential outside contender for the NFL MVP crown. But King Henry’s 2020 NFL campaign ended in heartbreak yet again. QB Ryan Tannehill and coach Mike Vrabel will also be feeling gutted after coming close to making the AFC Championship game.

Jan 10, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs the ball for a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter in a AFC Wild Card playoff game at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Meanwhile, Lamar and the Ravens will sit tight and recuperate over the next week. They will go up against either reigning Super Bowl champions Kansas City Chiefs or AFC East champions Buffalo Bills in the Divisional Round Playoffs. All eyes will be on Jackson, who is on track to add to his post-season win tally after winning his first playoff game today.

We don’t see anyone stopping the former Heisman Trophy winner anytime soon. Is it too soon for the Ravens to start dreaming of the Super Bowl? Never say never.

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Daniel Arambur

Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche. He has previously written for Sportscafe and Republic World. In addition to that, Daniel has completed his first level in Spanish linguistic training with Hispanic Horizons. With respect to the NFL, Daniel is a keen admirer of the old guard in Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers, while also closely following the career trajectory of the effervescent Tom Brady. The Mass Media graduate backs Patrick Mahomes to go on and make his mark as the ‘greatest to ever do it’ in the National Football League.

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