Lamar Jackson, the quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens, was so enraged by the fact that he had thrown an interception in the end zone during the fourth quarter that he pulled off his helmet with both hands and slammed it on the ground as he walked to the sideline.
A season that was full of promise for the player who is predicted to be the Most Valuable Player in the National Football League ended with a thud in the postseason.
The top-seeded Ravens of the American Football Conference (AFC) were defeated by the Kansas City Chiefs by a score of 17-10 in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday. Jackson and the Ravens had a difficult time moving the ball and committed three turnovers. The defeat brings Jackson’s postseason record to a record of 2-4.
“I’m not frustrated at all,” Jackson said. “I truly am.” “I’m upset because I came in last. One game stands between us and the championship game. All of this time, all of these moments, we have been waiting for a chance such as this, and we have failed to take advantage of it. But I get the impression that our squad is going to work hard over this summer, we are going to get things right, we are going to improve our grind, and we are going to attempt to go back into this position, but this time on the winning side.
Up until the point that the Ravens played their first home AFC Championship Game in their 28-year history, Jackson had appeared to be practically unbeatable. Jackson has led Baltimore to an average of 33.9 points per game over the course of his last seven appearances, including the divisional triumph that took place on the previous week.
After that, Jackson did not look like the best player in the game when he made his first appearance in the conference championship game, and the Ravens tied a season low in terms of the number of points they scored. Within the span of twenty years, Baltimore became the first team to lose a conference championship game when they were able to limit their opponent to 17 points or fewer.
He said, “We’re mad,” and we were. We did not put anything on the board, which is a serious offense. We only managed to score once. That is not typical of us. The ball was driven down the field by our team. It’s really cool. However, we are required to write points on the board. My team, on the other hand, seems to be just angry; we are not frustrated; we are just angry. We are aware of the amount of effort that we put in to arrive here.
After setting career highs with 3,678 yards passing and a completion percentage of 67.2%, Jackson is the betting favorite to win his second national championship in the National Football League. With a record of 6-0 versus teams that started the week with a record of at least three games above.500 and a victory margin of 26.2 points on average, the Baltimore Ravens were widely regarded as the most dominant team in the National Football League (NFL) this season.
On Sunday, however, Jackson made the same errors that he had made in prior postseasons with his performance. He has now scored an average of 10.5 points per game in his four postseason defeats, while also committing a total of four touchdowns and eight turnovers.
According to Odell Beckham Jr., a wide receiver with the Baltimore Ravens, “There are certain moments that define you, and this is just one that’ll be happening in his career.” “I don’t believe that this is going to prevent him from trying to achieve his ultimate goal, simply because the greats have all been through difficult moments in their lives. To put it another way, he is going to put in even more effort.
According to Beckham, “He wants it very much.” It was the first time I had ever witnessed someone so focused and completely in the zone, and during that era, I had the impression that it was his time. And as I’ve mentioned before, there are times when life throws us curveballs and things don’t go the way we had intended, and the question that arises is, “What are you going to do from here?”
Jackson had a difficult time extending his drives. On third downs, he completed one of six passes for seven yards and two sacks. Additionally, Jackson struggled with the Chiefs’ pass rush; he completed a season-low 41% of his passes while he was facing the blitz throughout the game.
“I told him to stand up tall,” stated John Harbaugh, the coach of the Baltimore Ravens. His effort today was full of emotion, and he has had a fantastic season for himself. He fought, he braved the elements, and he gave everything he had to the cause. In light of this, I don’t believe there is anything about that that would frustrate me.
Throughout the years, Jackson has been obsessed with the idea of guiding the Ravens to a championship. During the 2018 draft, when he was selected by Baltimore, he made the following statement: “They are going to get a Super Bowl out of me.” Have faith in that.”
However, despite the fact that he has led the Baltimore Ravens to the postseason the past four seasons, including two seasons in which they were ranked first, Jackson has not been able to lead the team to the Super Bowl.
“To tell you the truth, the thing that hurts me the most is that I wanted to get him the recognition that he absolutely deserves,” said Patrick Queen, a linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens. If I’m being completely honest, that guy was the main one I was playing for, even though it’s a team sport. This was his chance to get some of that stuff off his mind and go on to the next thing. He took advantage of it.
“That’s why it hurts, because you want to see people like that, teammates that you love and care about, get what they’re supposed to get, and that didn’t happen today.”