BALTIMORE — The Ravens are within the playoffs as soon as once more, however they did so with out star quarterback Lamar Jackson.
With Jackson (sprained knee) lacking his third straight recreation, the Ravens secured a postseason berth with a 17-9 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday, counting on a robust run recreation and a stingy protection.
The Ravens (10-4) did not know they’d punched their ticket to the playoffs as quickly as their recreation ended. Baltimore needed to wait a number of extra minutes till the New England Patriots fell to the Cincinnati Bengals 22-18.
This marked the primary time that Baltimore had clinched a playoff spot with out Jackson as its beginning quarterback because it did so with Joe Flacco in 2014.
It was one other tough recreation for the Jackson-less offense, which has solely scored two touchdowns in three video games with out the 2019 NFL MVP. The Ravens bought sufficient from their working recreation, churning out 184 yards on the bottom. Tyler Huntley, who crammed in for Jackson, was 9-of-17 for 115 yards and one landing.
Whereas the Ravens offense has struggled, their protection continues to clamp down. Baltimore stepped as much as cease Atlanta on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line within the fourth quarter. This was the third time previously six video games that the Baltimore protection didn’t permit a landing.
The Ravens can nonetheless seize the AFC North in the event that they win out. Their final two video games are towards the Pittsburgh Steelers at house and on the Cincinnati Bengals within the finale.