Lamar Jackson was knocked out of the Baltimore Ravens’ 17-3 AFC divisional playoff loss at the Buffalo Bills, delivering a painful end to the reigning NFL MVP’s season.
Jackson suffered a concussion on the final play of the third quarter, when his head snapped back and hit the turf in the end zone at Bills Stadium. He was later ruled out for the entire fourth quarter for the Ravens, who haven’t advanced past the divisional round since the Mile High Miracle eight years ago
“He’s frustrated. He’s doing good,” said Buffalo wide receiver Willie Snead IV, who spoke to Jackson following the contest. “He said he’s fine from the concussion but he’s frustrated that we were that close and that we didn’t get to finish drives. He’s the ultimate competitor. He doesn’t like to lose.”
Ravens coach John Harbaugh declined to elaborate on Jackson’s status.
“He was ruled out with a concussion, and that’s where it stands,” Harbaugh said.
A week after capturing his first postseason win, Jackson failed to produce a touchdown for the first time since his first NFL start in November 2018. His streak of 39 straight games with at least one touchdown, run or pass, had been the longest active one in the league.
Jackson’s head injury came two plays after he threw the second pick-six of his career. Driving down to the Buffalo 9-yard line, Jackson stared down tight end Mark Andrews and was picked off in the red zone for the first time in his 41-start career.
Bills cornerback Taron Johnson outran Jackson and returned the interception 101 yards for the score. Instead of potentially tying the game at 10, the Ravens fell behind by two touchdowns.