No Longer a Choker: Lamar Jackson Seals His First Career Playoff Win

Published 01/10/2021, 4:05 PM EST
Oct 18, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) gives a thumbs up to Ravens fans as he runs off the field after win against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports


Lamar Jackson is now 1-2 in the playoffs. The Baltimore Ravens quarterback has finally broken the jinx. Silencing his haters with a win over the Tennessee Titans in their own backyard, Jackson and the Ravens have entered the Divisional Round in style. 

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Jackson recently made history by becoming the first quarterback to rush for 1,000+ yards in consecutive seasons. And it looks like he is finally ready to take forward some of that regular-season form into the playoffs.

Insane 48-yard-touchdown a career highlight for Lamar

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Jackson came into the game prepared to overturn his playoff record. Despite winning the MVP award in 2019, he drew a lot of criticism for choking in the Ravens’ playoff game against the Titans. 

A man on a mission, Lamar took to the field with a goal to silence his critics; he did so in spectacular fashion. 

With the Ravens trailing the Titans 3-10, Lamar collected the snap at the Tennessee Titans’ 48-yard-line. Once he had the ball, there was simply no stopping the quarterback. 

Jan 10, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) scores 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
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The Titans failed to lay a finger on Lamar Jackson as he dodged past multiple challenges and rushed the ball in for the biggest play of the game. 

Incidentally, Lamar’s 48-yard-run was also the longest postseason touchdown play in 7 years. The previous longest run was by then Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount, who rushed for 73-yards back in 2014.

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With the jinx now behind him, Lamar Jackson will be hungry for more playoff wins. In the game against the Titans, Jackson hardly put a foot wrong. 

The quarterback showed that he now possesses the maturity that one needs to take a franchise all the way to Super Bowl success.

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The Ravens last won the Lombardi Trophy back in 2013, courtesy of a 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers. But Lamar Jackson will be determined to change that soon. 

With either the defending champions Kansas City Chiefs or the high-flying Bills next, Lamar Jackson will be ready to take on whoever stands in his way to the Super Bowl.

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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 Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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