Ravens and Jackson Exorcise Demons, Top Titans 20-13 In AFC Wild Card To Advance

All week long Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson had to hear about the pressure of finally being able to win a playoff game.

Sunday he and the Ravens came through.

After trailing the home Tennessee Titans 10-0 early, the Ravens outscored Tennessee 20-3 the rest of the way, going on for a 20-13 win to advance in the AFC playoffs.

If the favored Pittsburgh Steelers win at home Sunday night against the Cleveland Browns it means the Ravens will play the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Ravens will go to Buffalo if the Browns pull off the upset at Heinz Field.

Jackson went over 100 yards rushing, and changed the game with the Ravens down 10-3 on a 48-yard touchdown scramble late in the second quarter, the second-longest postseason touchdown run by a quarterback.

Baltimore allowed an early touchdown and field goal, but tightened up and allowed just three points the rest of the way.

They gave up just 40 yards to NFL leading rusher Derrick Henry on 18 carries, a 2.2 yards per carry average.

Jackson, who was 0-2 as a starter in the postseason entering the game, was the story, as he finally got the monkey off his back of not winning in the playoffs.

He went 17-for-24 for 179 yards throwing with an interception. He ran for 136 yards on 16 carries including the long score to tie the game at 10.

It's a tough pill to swallow for Tennessee, who beat the Ravens earlier in the season in Baltimore in overtime, and end the season 11-6 including the postseason.

The Titans had one last chance in the final minutes to tie the game, but Marcus Peters came up with an interception to seal the win.

With the pick, the Ravens exacted some revenge by dancing on the Titans logo at midfield, something the Titans did earlier in the season.

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Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."