The Baltimore Ravens and quarterback Lamar Jackson have witnessed an incredible season this year. They ended the regular season with a phenomenal 13-4 record and top spot in the AFC North. While many big teams stumbled this season by going down terribly, the team has kept up their form most of the time.
Following a disappointing 10-17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wildcard playoff match, the Ravens had a bye week before their divisional game against the Houston Texans. The squad and Jackson returned to their ferocious form by crushing the Texans 34-10 after taking a well-earned break. But Jackson’s dominance on the field was something that Texans head coach DeMeco Ryans wasn’t afraid to compliment him on.
Texans HC hails Lamar Jackson
David Ryans had nothing but praise for Lamar Jackson after the Ravens’ dominating win over the Texans in the AFC Playoffs. The QB’s ability to turn broken plays into memorable moments left the Texans totally helpless on the field. The team aimed to stop the dynamic dual-threat, but he dismantled their defense to lead the Ravens to their first AFC Championship appearance since 2013.
Ryans, acknowledging Jackson’s impact, credited his stellar performance in the second half. The Texans HC highlighted the quarterback’s ability to elevate his game when it matters most. He endorsed Jackson for the MVP title like LeBron James, saying, “That’s why he’s the MVP,” via SI.com.
Lamar Jackson‘s victory not only showcased his individual brilliance but also silenced any lingering doubts about his ability to win significant games. Entering his sixth season, there were concerns about his performance in the playoffs, as he had only won one out of his three previous trips. A dominant victory against the Texans, however, allowed the WB to display his maturation and determination in the playoff stage.
However, the Ravens’ dominance extended beyond their QB1’s excellence, as their ground game amassed an impressive 229 yards against the Texans. Their defense was also stifled by limiting the rival to just 175 yards passing.
Lamar Jackson’s performance during Ravens vs Texans
Lamar Jackson has once again showcased his dual-threat prowess by accumulating 152 passing yards and two touchdowns through the air. However, it was on the ground where he truly shone, amassing an impressive 100 rushing yards along with two rushing touchdowns.
Averaging a remarkable 9.1 yards per carry, the signal-caller played a crucial role in converting eight of the Ravens’ 11 first downs through his runs. His performance earned him a place in the postseason record books as the fourth passer to achieve 100 rushing yards and two touchdown passes in a single game. The veteran surpassed Collin Kaepernick for the most 100-yard rushing games by a QB, marking his third such performance.
Lamar Jackson also became the first QB to score both a rushing and passing touchdown in a single playoff game. His remarkable feat extended beyond team records, as he now holds the title for the most 100+ rushing-yard playoff performances by any signal-caller in NFL history.
The stellar performance against the Texans has solidified Jackson’s claim to a second MVP award. With 3,678 passing yards, 24 touchdowns, and a commendable ground game amassing 821 rushing yards and five touchdowns in the regular season, he has crafted a compelling narrative for his MVP candidacy this season.