WATCH: Tannehill Connects With A.J. Brown to Get First TD for Tennessee Titans

Published 01/10/2021, 2:27 PM EST
Jan 10, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) makes a catch for a touchdown as Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey (44) looks on during the first quarter in a AFC Wild Card playoff game at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Titans strike first. In the team’s Wild Card game against the Baltimore Ravens, the Titans have taken a 7-nothing lead at the Nissan stadium. 


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The Titans and Ravens who met each other in the Playoffs last season share some bad blood brewing as well, heading into the game. All this makes for an exciting match up between the 2 AFC sides. 

Tannehill and Brown at it again for the Tennessee Titans  


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The last time a playoff game was played at the Nissan stadium was back in 1990. So it’s no wonder the home crowd (in a limited capacity) are in full voice seeing their side take the lead.  

In the red zone, Tannehill and the Titans have been ruthless. Averaging 3 red zone touchdowns a game, the side is the second-best this season when it comes to scoring when in the final 20 yards.

Tannehill at the Ravens’ 11-yard-line with 2nd and Goal was under no pressure while making the pass to A.J Brown. Following the snap, the quarterback calmly launched a floater for Brown on the far-left side of the endzone to give their side the lead.

Brown did well to claw the ball into his grasp, following pressure from Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey. The play likely won’t be the last time we see Humphrey and Brown taking one another in this game. 

Humphrey seems to have been given the responsibility of shadowing Brown through the course of the game. And with 11 touchdowns and over 1,000+ receiving yards to Brown’s name this season, it only makes sense for the Ravens to do so. 


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A lot on the line for Lamar Jackson

A lot is riding on the line for Lamar Jackson. The 2019 MVP has never won a playoff game yet and is 0-2 when it comes to the postseason. 

His most recent playoff defeat comes courtesy of the very same team he’s taking on today. The Tennessee Titans. However, the narrative, last season, was different given that the Ravens were the AFC’s top seed heading into the Playoffs. 


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Oct 11, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) throws during the second half Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

And in the end, the Titans’ win went down as the biggest upset of the postseason last year given Lamar’s scintillating form in the regular season. 

Lamar has failed to come to life yet as his team is currently trailing the Titans. But if recent form is anything to go by, it’d take a fool to count Lamar Jackson out with more than half a game left to play. 


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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.