Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson said making the playoffs was just the beginning after his team demolished the Cincinnati Bengals to earn a postseason berth. The Ravens, who entered Week 17 needing a win to make the playoffs, did their task as they dominated the Bengals 38-3 on the road to earn a playoff spot.
2020 NFL MVP Jackson completed 10-of-18 of his passes for 113 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in a win over the Bengals. Jackson needed to step up and delivered a good performance against the Bengals and he didn't disappoint.
"We still got things that we want to finish," Jackson said after the game, as quoted on ESPN. "It's just the beginning for us, to be honest with you." The Ravens, who finished last season with the best regular season record, had their struggles during this regular season and at one point it appeared they could miss the playoffs.
The Ravens went on a three-game losing streak in the midst of the season but won the last four games of the regular season to make the playoffs. Ravens running back JK Dobbins was happy with the way his team performed against the Bengals but also acknowledged that his team has higher goals than just making the postseason.
"It's a bunch of guys that are happy, but we're still hungry," Dobbins said. "We're glad to get this win to get in. But we know what the ultimate goal is. That's what's on our minds right now."
Jackson happy to prove the doubters wrong
The Ravens played a great football in the last month of the regular season to win four games in a row and prolong their season. "People doubted us throughout the season because we weren't having the season we had last year," Jackson said.
"Our team fought through that, and we showed the world that we're here to play." Jackson wrote NFL history in a win over the Bengals as he became the first quarterback in NFL history to record multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons.
"I don't know about the record part, but the offensive line did a great job ... and receivers blocking downfield and the tight ends doing their job. It's a team breaking that record, not just me out there," Jackson said.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was happy with the way his team delivered against the Bengals. "I like where we're at right now," Ravens coach Harbaugh said. "I love where this team is right now. I love us going into the playoffs in this scenario at this time. I'm excited about it."