After claiming the AFC throne in the regular season, the Baltimore Ravens, spearheaded by Lamar Jackson, showcased their dominance with a resounding 34-10 victory over the Houston Texans on Saturday. This triumph marked Jackson’s first home playoff win and positioned the Ravens one step closer to the coveted Super Bowl.
Even as the Texans’ head coach endorsed Jackson as the leading candidate for the MVP race, Maryland Governor Wes Moore stepped into the arena, taking aim at those who have criticized the talented quarterback.
Maryland Governor Wes Moore hails Lamar Jackson
As Lamar Jackson showcased his extraordinary dual-threat skills in a standout performance, Maryland Governor Wes Moore took to Twitter to playfully challenge the quarterback critics. With a hint of sarcasm, he questioned whether Jackson’s quarterback abilities were now satisfactory for those who had previously criticized him as one of the most disliked quarterbacks in the league.
“Is @Lj_era8 quarterbacky enough for y’all now?” he teased on his social media account.
This supportive gesture is not a new occurrence, as Governor Moore had previously advocated for Jackson when the quarterback placed the non-exclusive franchise tag. Moore asserted that Jackson, a world-class talent, should remain a Raven for his entire career.
“Lamar Jackson should be a Raven for his career. We are talking about someone who is a world-class talent. I’m excited for the day we can lock up Lamar Jackson to a long-term contract,” expressed Gov. Moore, as per CBS News.
The Ravens eventually sealed the deal with a substantial contract extension, signing Jackson to a five-year, $260 million agreement with an impressive $185 million guaranteed. During the recent divisional round game, Jackson not only validated the worthiness of his contract but also fulfilled Governor Moore’s vision.
The signal-caller etched his name in NFL history by becoming the first quarterback since 1948 to achieve a remarkable combination of two touchdown passes, two TD runs, 100 yards rushing, and a 100 passer rating in a single game.
Which team will Lamar Jackson’s Ravens face in the next game?
The Ravens will have to wait to discover their AFC Championship Game opponent between the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs. This marks a significant milestone for Baltimore, hosting the AFC Championship Game for the first time in 53 years since the Baltimore Colts achieved it in the 1970 season. The win hence prompted their HC John Harbough, to become wild in showing his excellence in dance.
As the Ravens prepare for their upcoming semifinal appearance, it signifies the fifth time they’ve reached this stage since their arrival in the city. Whoever emerges as their opponent will face a formidable Ravens team that showcased dominance in their recent clash against the Texans.
Despite a tied score at 10 after the second quarter, the Ravens unleashed their trademark disruptive style in the second half. By allowing only 352 yards, the AFC’s No. 1 seed demonstrated why they finished the regular season with the league’s best record.
The Houston Texans, led by CJ Stroud, found themselves bewildered by the Ravens’ prowess on both sides of the ball in a lopsided victory. Now, the question looms: can Lamar Jackson lead the Ravens to clinch his first Super Bowl this season? Tell us what you think in the comments section.