Lamar Jackson silences narratives with first playoff win

Quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

Lamar Jackson finally put silly narratives to rest as he leads epic playoff comeback.

All Lamar Jackson does is prove doubters wrong. He has been doing it since his college days in Louisville. Today, he continues to silence those that push narratives to drive his legacy down.

His performance in an epic Wild Card comeback over the Tennessee Titans was just another opportunity for him to build upon his status as one of the most transcendent quarterbacks to ever come through the NFL.

Jackson had a rough start to the game that included an awful throw that even Lamar admitted was quite bad.

On the field in a postgame interview, Jackson said, “I threw an interception. A dumb*** interception.”

That play did not define his performance on this day. The second quarter was a brand new game for the reigning MVP. Jackson never hung his head after his interception. He continued to push forward and was finally able to break through with an electrifying 48-yard touchdown run where he sprinted away from the Titans defensive backs.

Jackson’s run tied the game for the Ravens with just over two minutes remaining in the first half. Going into halftime, Lamar’s Ravens had all of the momentum.

He came out of the half the same way he went in by playing bully ball against the Titans defense. Jackson led a 10-play 77-yard drive en route to a touchdown from rookie running back J.K. Dobbins.

The Titans simply could not contain Jackson in the second half and when he started to feel it in the passing game showing off his various arm angles and fitting the ball into windows, the Titans defense did not have much to answer with. As the Baltimore defense dominated, the Ravens nearly doubled the Titans in total yardage.

Jackson re-writes narratives with this performance

On the day, Lamar finished with 179 yards passing on a 17-for-24 performance with the first quarter interception. He also put up a game-high 136 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown.

One of the key storylines coming in to Lamar’s third career playoff game was that he could not win in the postseason. Keep in mind that this is just his third career postseason game and he had only played in two postseason games prior. While losing them, he was a young player trying to find his way against the NFL’s best teams on the biggest of stages.

Now, Lamar can put the first one behind him and continue his journey through the playoffs without worrying about silly narratives like the ones created prior to this game against the Titans.

Up next, Jackson will face either the Chiefs or the Bills depending on the results of the Wild Card primetime game between the Steelers and Browns.

He is far from done this postseason. If he goes down this postseason, he will go down being the same unique, electrifying escape artist the league has learned to love.

The more Lamar, the better.

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