A historic season suddenly came to an end on Saturday night for Lamar Jackson and his Baltimore Ravens, as the team fell 28-12 to the Tennessee Titans in the AFC division match-up, with former Dolphin Ryan Tannehill at the helm.
Jackson threw two interceptions and fumbled once, an unusual and lackluster performance for the front-runner for NFL Most Valuable Player.
With that, the Ravens suffered their first loss since September 29 and became the first Number 1 seed to tumble to a 6-seed in a decade. Baltimore also became the sixth team since playoffs began back in 1933 to win at least 14 games in a season, but then fail to win a postseason game.
“We just beat ourselves,” Jackson says. “I had a lot of mistakes on my behalf. Three turnovers — that shouldn’t happen. But [Tennessee] came out to play.”
This loss marks the second quick exit from the playoffs for the team. Last season, the Ravens lost to the Los Angeles Chargers, 23-17, in the wild-card round.
The last time the Ravens won a postseason game was in 2014, when they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Baltimore cornerback Marlon Humphrey says, “I think you have to look at yourself in the mirror, and I think this team’s identity right now is to get in the playoffs and choke. It is what it is. This is just the hard truth.”
Meanwhile, Tannehill and team will face the winner of Sunday’s Chiefs-Texans game in the AFC.