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Unrattled Ravens storm past Titans

by The Associated Press | January 11, 2021 at 2:15 a.m.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson celebrates after the Ravens beat the Tennessee Titans in an NFL wild-card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Lamar Jackson has his first postseason victory -- and on the road, no less.

Combine that with Baltimore smothering 2,000-yard rusher Derrick Henry, and the Ravens look playoff tough.

Jackson ran for 136 yards and a 48-yard touchdown while throwing for 179 more as the Ravens rallied from 10 points down and beat the Tennessee Titans 20-13 Sunday in their AFC wild-card game.

Baltimore also held Tennessee to its fewest points all season.

The Titans had the ball and a chance to possibly tie when Marcus Peters intercepted Ryan Tannehill's pass intended for Kalif Raymond with 1:50 left. After the turnover, the Ravens came onto the field and started waving good-bye to the Titans -- drawing a taunting penalty they didn't mind at all.

"We finished finally," Jackson said. "We finally finished."

Tannehill thought Raymond was bumped by Peters.

"It definitely looked like it could've been a flag and probably should've been, but it wasn't thrown so here we are," Tannehill said.

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The Ravens snapped a string of 21 consecutive games lost by the franchise in either the regular season or playoffs when trailing by 10 or more.

Henry ran all over the Ravens with 328 yards rushing combined in the past two meetings. With both Calais Campbell and Brandon Williams back on the Baltimore defensive line, Henry had his worst performance this season with 18 carries for 40 yards.

"Our defense was tired of hearing the noise," Jackson said. "And they did what they were supposed to do."

Henry credited the Ravens with being the better team.

"This definitely is going to sting probably in my mind for the rest of this year until we suit back up," said Henry, who missed two key plays following an 8-yard carry early in the fourth quarter after losing a shoe.

Baltimore also slowed a Tennessee offense that tied for fourth averaging 30.7 points a game and had more offensive yards per game during the season than any team but Kansas City. The Ravens finished with a 401-209 yards edge in total offense.

"This may be the best win I've ever been associated with," said Baltimore Coach John Harbaugh, who won a Super Bowl eight years ago and now has eight road playoff victories, surpassing the career mark of Hall of Famer Tom Landry and Tom Coughlin. "It was a very strong effort. Our tackling was strong, all the outside backers. That kind of physicality. We were able to hit him with multiple helmets and take him back."

The Titans lost their first home playoff game in 12 years and now have had three of their past eight postseasons ended on their own field by Baltimore.

"We won the division, hosted a home playoff game," Titans Coach Mike Vrabel said. "Wasn't good enough today. Our guys competed and battled and came up short."

Tennessee sacked Jackson five times and got an interception. But the Titans couldn't slow Jackson enough after halftime. Jackson turned in the sixth 100-yard rushing game by a quarterback in the postseason, and joined Colin Kaepernick with two.

The Titans took a 10-0 lead with Tannehill tossing a 10-yard TD pass to Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Brown. Stephen Gostkowski kicked a field goal set up by Malcolm Butler's interception, his first in the postseason since picking off Russell Wilson in Super Bowl 49 to preserve New England's win over the Seahawks.

"We didn't get rattled," Jackson said.

Baltimore's defense, the second-stingiest scoring unit in the NFL, took over. The Ravens held Tennessee to minus-7 yards in the second quarter, the third fewest in any quarter of a playoff game since the 2000 season.

The 2019 NFL MVP set up a 33-yard field goal by Justin Tucker with a 28-yard pass to Marquise Brown. Jackson then tied it by breaking loose for a 48-yard touchdown run, diving for the pylon --the second-longest scoring run by a quarterback in the Super Bowl era behind Kaepernick's 56-yarder for the 49ers against the Packers on Jan. 12, 2013.

"It's the best run I've seen by a quarterback," Harbaugh said. "It just got us back in the game. We needed points at that point."

Rookie J.K. Dobbins made it 17-10 with a 4-yard TD run to open the third quarter. That gave him a rushing touchdown in seven consecutive games, second only to Maurice Jones-Drew 's eight in 2006 since the 1970 merger.

Baltimore Ravens players sit and stand on the Tennessee Titans' logo at the 50-yard line after Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters intercepted a pass against the Titans late in the fourth quarter of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
Baltimore Ravens players sit and stand on the Tennessee Titans' logo at the 50-yard line after Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters intercepted a pass against the Titans late in the fourth quarter of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters (24) is chased by Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kalif Raymond (14) after Peters intercepted a pass late in the fourth quarter to seal the Ravens' win in an NFL wild-card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. The Ravens won 20-13. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters (24) is chased by Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kalif Raymond (14) after Peters intercepted a pass late in the fourth quarter to seal the Ravens' win in an NFL wild-card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. The Ravens won 20-13. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) celebrates after scoring a touchdown on a 48-yard run against the Tennessee Titans in the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. At right is Titans cornerback Kristian Fulton (26). (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) celebrates after scoring a touchdown on a 48-yard run against the Tennessee Titans in the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. At right is Titans cornerback Kristian Fulton (26). (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) scores a touchdown on a 48-yard run against the Tennessee Titans in the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) scores a touchdown on a 48-yard run against the Tennessee Titans in the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) celebrates with running back Justice Hill after Jackson scored a touchdown on a 48-yard run against the Tennessee Titans in the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) celebrates with running back Justice Hill after Jackson scored a touchdown on a 48-yard run against the Tennessee Titans in the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Tennessee Titans defensive end DaQuan Jones (90) celebrates after a play against the Baltimore Ravens in the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
Tennessee Titans defensive end DaQuan Jones (90) celebrates after a play against the Baltimore Ravens in the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins (27) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans in the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins (27) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans in the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel talks with line nudge Walt Coleman IV (65) in the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel talks with line nudge Walt Coleman IV (65) in the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) makes a catch as he is defended by Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey (44) in the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) makes a catch as he is defended by Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey (44) in the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
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