The Baltimore Ravens beat the Tennessee Titans 20-13 and move on to the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs. For the Ravens it was more than just fighting to move on to the next round, it was also a revenge game against the Titans. Last year, it was the Titans moving on to face the Chiefs. Jackson outrushed Derrick Henry 136 to 40 yards in the win.

The Titans took an early 10-0 lead in the first quarter on a pass to A.J. Brown from Ryan Tannehill which was followed by a 45-yard field goal. Even early on for the Titans, Henry’s offensive involvement was put to a halt by the Ravens’ defense. Last year, Henry rushed for 195 yards in the playoff game against the Ravens. So this time around, the Ravens made sure that did not happen again. The game plan for the Ravens seemed to focus on limiting Henry’s rushing, which clearly paid off.

Jackson finished the game with 179 passing yards and one interception which came in the first quarter. The early interception caused Jackson to rely and focus on what he does best, which is to run the ball. Later in the second quarter he ran in a 48-yard touchdown. Rookie J.K. Dobbins, on his playoff debut, was the second leading rusher for the Ravens and scored his first post-season touchdown.

Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill started the game looking great, but as the game went on his play demonized. Tannehill finished the game with 165 passing yards and one touchdown. Tannehill’s one and only costly interception was in the fourth quarter by Marcus Peters as the Titans were making their final comeback. Henry’s 40 yard rushing yard day was his lowest total of the season in possibly his most important game.

The Ravens will move on and will play either the Chiefs, Bills, Steelers or the Browns based on the new NFL playoff format. For the Ravens making it out of the Wild-Card round will be a huge confidence booster for not only Lamar Jackson, but the entire Ravens team. Patrick Queen was another rookie making his playoff debut, ending his first NFL playoff game with two solo tackles. The Ravens are young on both offense and defense but look like they have learned a lot from last years playoff game, as well as the regular season and are now ready for a bigger stage.

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