Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is well aware of the cloud that has followed him during his young career.
For all of his regular-season accolades, Jackson has yet to achieve the same level of success in the postseason, where he’s lost the two games in which he has played.
And so with the Ravens playing the Tennessee Titans on Sunday in a rematch of last season’s defeat in the divisional round, Jackson is looking forward to changing the discussion about him.
“It’s win or go home right now. I want to win regardless,” Jackson said Wednesday on a video conference call. “I don’t really care what people got to say. I’ve only been in the playoffs twice in my young career. Other people have been in the league forever and haven’t been in the playoffs at all. It is what it is, but [I’m] definitely trying to erase that narrative right there. That’s No. 1 on my mind, for sure.”
In three seasons, Jackson has compiled a laundry list of achievements. He became the second player to be unanimously voted NFL Most Valuable Player. The team’s 38-3 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday gave him 30 wins in the regular season as a starter, reaching the mark faster than any quarterback in league history. But it has come with a caveat, as he has struggled in losses to the Los Angeles Chargers and Titans in the postseason.
Jackson holds a career touchdown-to-interception ratio of nearly 4-to-1 and a passer rating of 102.6. In his two playoff losses, Jackson has thrown as many interceptions as touchdown passes (three) and his passer rating is 68.3.
Slow starts and turnovers have dogged Jackson in the playoffs, and when asked what he’s learned from his previous experiences, he pointed to staying calm under adversity.
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“Don’t try to make things happen right away, just take your time,” Jackson said. “And I feel like that’s what I did a little bit sometimes throughout the games, just trying to do too much instead of just taking my time like I’m doing.”