Lamar Jackson’s Super Bowl run ends in disappointing fashion

Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)
Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images) /

The playoff run for Lamar Jackson and the Ravens is now over in the most disappointing fashion after a 17-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Saturday night.

Jackson had just thrown an interception for a touchdown the drive before to put the Ravens in a 17-3 hole with under a minute left to play in the third quarter. Then, Ravens center Patrick Mekari snapped the ball a foot over Lamar Jackson’s head.

Then, he was forced to throw the ball away under all kinds of pressure. As he attempted to throw the ball away over 20 yards behind the line of scrimmage, he is crushed by two Bills defenders. Then, he did not play another down in the game after being diagnosed with a concussion by team doctors after the hit.

From there, the Ravens would not score again.

It was the most unfortunate way for Lamar’s season to end with him not even having the opportunity to lead his team on a ferocious comeback. Instead, he had to stay in the locker room as the Ravens stalled in any comeback attempt they hoped to have.

There is a first for everything

The third year star had thrown 49 red zone touchdown passes in his career without throwing an interception. That was before Saturday night’s pick that winded up in a 14-point swing in favor of the Bills.

The first interception for him could not have come at a worse time for the reigning NFL MVP.

At the time, Jackson was having a nice game at 14-for-23 passing for 162 yards. He also had 34 yards on the ground. Then followed the interception and injury on the subsequent drive.

He was going toe-to-toe with Josh Allen, one of the NFL’s young stars. Before the interception, he may have even been out-dueling him. Unfortunately, he never had the chance to redeem himself and go the distance.

Jackson will be back in the playoffs again. His dynamic ability as a runner and his innovation to the game as a passer are just too good to hold him down for long. He needs another weapon on offense and injuries on the offensive line have completely derailed this offense.

Getting a playoff win is something that some quarterbacks have to wait years on end for. Jackson did it in his third year and he has never missed the playoffs in his three years in the league.

Lamar’s return to the promised land will be legendary.