Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson said it "felt great" to claim his first playoff victory. On Sunday, Jackson led the Ravens to a 20-13 comeback win on the road against the Tennessee Titans in the wild-card round.
Prior to this season, the Ravens lost back-to-back openers in the playoffs. "It feels great," Jackson told ESPN's Lisa Salters. "I'm happy we got it done." Jackson, who was named the NFL MVP last season, failed to lead the Ravens to a playoff win last year.
"It's just my third year in the league," Jackson said. "I don't really care what people say. I'm just happy we got the win and can move on to the next round. That's all." The Titans took an early 10-0 lead but the Ravens didn't panic as they staged a comeback.
Jackson made a bad throw in the first quarter and it resulted in an interception. "We stayed focused. We didn't get rattled. My coaches didn't get rattled," Jackson told Salters. "I threw a dumbass -- I'm sorry -- dumb interception.
But we kept fighting and made it happen." Jackson felt the Ravens showed more class than the Titans In Week 12, the Titans' players huddled on the Ravens' logo before the teams' last matchup. Ravens coach John Harbaugh wasn't a fan of that so he confronted Titans players.
"I feel it was just disrespect to see what went on before the game the last time we played those guys, and they were standing on our logo and seeing them get into it with our coach," Jackson said. "That was just disrespectful, because we treat all of our opponents with respect.
It wasn't no reason for us to shake hands and stuff like that. We'll be the bigger guy, so we just walked off the field. I feel like we were being the bigger guys." After a game-sealing interception by Marcus Peters late in the fourth quarter, the Ravens' players celebrated on the Titans' logo.
However, the Ravens' players insisted after the game that wasn't planned. "This is an emotional football game. Sometimes you act out of emotion," Ravens defensive end Derek Wolfe said. "I felt like it was a good time to go ahead and do that -- so we did it.
It wasn't a disrespect thing. It was a team unity thing like we accomplished something as a team, so we're going to go out there and take a little bit of revenge. I don't think it's a big deal."