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The Baltimore Ravens were unstoppable during the regular season and entered Saturday’s divisional round matchup with the Tennessee Titans as 9.5-point favorites. Instead of continuing to march toward a championship, the Ravens were stunned at home by an impressive Titans team that is getting red hot at the right time.
Tennessee jumped out to an early 14-0 lead, silencing the shocked crowd at M&T Bank Stadium. It only got more lopsided in the second half, as the Titans rode their defense and a supercharged Derrick Henry to victory, winning 28-12.
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The NFC divisional playoffs kick off Saturday afternoon as the No. 1 seed San Francisco 49ers host the Minnesota Vikings. The two quarterbacks are the story here. Later on Saturday, the Titans will head to Baltimore to take on the Ravens. Can Derrick Henry have a repeat performance of what we saw during last week’s upset win over the Patriots?Sunday’s games are equally as intriguing with the red-hot Kansas City Chiefs attempting to exact revenge against a Texans squad that defeated them at Arrowhead during the regular season.
These were the biggest winners and losers from the Titans’ absolutely dominant victory over the No. 1 seed in the AFC.
Winner: King Henry, we bow before your greatness
Derrick Henry was a major reason why the Titans reached the divisional round in the first place. He rumbled for more than 200 yards from scrimmage last weekend to spark the win. On Saturday night in Baltimore, it was Henry once again serving as the engine that drove the Titans to victory.
Henry did it all against the Ravens. He embarrassed All-Pro safety Earl Thomasfor a few days. He ripped off multiple long runs. For good measure, he also . All told, King Henry piled up 202 yards from scrimmage.
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Loser: Lamar Jackson looked bewildered
It’s going to be a long offseason for Lamar Jackson and the Ravens. A lock to win the league MVP trophy after a, Jackson put up a stinker of a performance in the divisional round.
Jackson threw 36 touchdown passes (leading the league) and just six interceptions all year.
On Saturday night against the Titans, he tossed two interceptions and lost a fumble. Jackson looked bewildered much of the night as the Titans utilized zone schemes and timely blitzes to confuse the second-year quarterback.
While he did rack up 143 yards on the ground, Jackson struggled in the pocket as a passer and will now have to listen to his naysayers say “I told you so” for the next year or so until he gets another shot to change the narrative in the playoffs.
Winner: Jurrell Casey was a monster
The entire Tennessee defense deserves a huge gold star for the job it did against the highest-powered regular-season offense in the NFL. But it’s particularly noteworthy that big defensive tackle Jurrell Casey had such a big impact on the game, and young Lamar Jackson.
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Jurrell Casey was one of the most underrated players of the last decade. He's been dominating in the trenches every year and deserves every bit of this Titans magical playoff run— Salvatore (@Fear_Jaire)
Defensive tackles who can generate pressure up the middle are rare and highly valued. That’s exactly what Casey was able to do Saturday night against the Ravens. He led all defenders in the game with two sacks of Jackson, who’s hard to bring down. Casey was also instrumental in helping the Titans stuff Jackson twice on fourth down.
Loser: Marlon Humphrey was roasted
Because Henry was so effective pounding the rock, the Titans didn’t throw the ball much Saturday night against the Ravens. Ryan Tannehill attempted only 14 passes, garnering 88 yards. But early in the second quarter, up by a touchdown, he dropped an absolute dime as Kalif Raymond roasted First-team All-Pro cornerback Marlon Humphrey.
Raymond burned Humphrey on a slick double move, turning the cornerback to the sideline before darting back to the post (). Tannehill dropped it into a bucket and the Titans took a commanding 14-0 lead that ultimately was the definitive moment in the game.
Winners and losers from 49ers' dominant NFL divisional playoff win over the Vikings
What a performance by Kyle Shanahan’s squad en route to an absolutely dominating 27-10 win over Minnesota. San Francisco outgained the Vikings 308-147. The 49ers' defense stepped up big time, holding Dalvin Cook in check and outclassing Kirk Cousins.In the end, San Francisco earned a hard-fought trip to the NFC Championship Game. Here, we look at the winners and losers from the 49ers' 17-point win over Minnesota.Winner: Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ersOne of the top special teams players in the NFL, Mostert ended the regular season leading San Francisco in rushing.
Winner: Marquise Brown showed out
Passing yards were tough to come by for the Ravens Saturday night. But rookie receiver Marquise Brown was the exception for Baltimore. He showed toughness and came up with some highlight-reel-worthy catches ().
Brown had a game-high 126 yards on seven catches. He and Jackson clearly have some good chemistry, which is something that will only continue to grow with time.
Loser: Ravens never adjusted
Almost from the jump, it was apparent that Tennessee’s game plan was working, and that Baltimore’s was not. A Ravens team that has been dictating to every opponent since early in the regular season suddenly was the one absorbing body blows.
The two failed fourth-down attempts were eyebrow-raising developments. The fact that The Ravens kept rolling with Mark Ingram, who was clearly not fully healthy, and barely used Gus Edwards was a big failure as far as I’m concerned. Ingram had no pep to his step and averaged just 3.7 yards per rush.
At every turn, the Ravens were a step or two behind what the Titans were doing, on both sides of the ball. It was stunning because John Harbaugh and his entire staff had done such an amazing job all year long. But the week off seemed to completely derail all the momentum the Ravens had to end the regular season, and after going, 14-2 they’re one-and-done in the playoffs.
Winners, losers from Chiefs' incredible divisional round win over Texans
The Kansas City Chiefs rallied past the Houston Texans on Sunday.The Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans took the field on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium with the opportunity to host the AFC Championship Game on the line. A matchup between two of the NFL’s best, young quarterbacks lived up to the hype with a game we’ll never forget.
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Baltimore Ravens best: won Super Bowl (2000, 2012)
Baltimore Ravens worst: lost wild-card weekend games (2003, 2018)
Buffalo Bills best: reached Super Bowl (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993)
Buffalo Bills worst: lost wild-card weekend games (1996, 1998, 1999, 2017)
Green Bay Packers best: won Super Bowl (1966, 1967, 1996, 2010)
Green Bay Packers worst: lost wild-card weekend games (1998, 2002, 2004, 2009, 2013)
Houston Texans best: reached division round (2011, 2012, 2016)
Houston Texans worst: lost wild-card weekend games (2015, 2018)
Kansas City Chiefs best: won Super Bowl (1969)
Kansas City Chiefs worst: lost wild-card weekend games (1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, 2006, 2010, 2013, 2017)
Minnesota Vikings best: reached Super Bowl (1969, 1973, 1974, 1976)
Minnesota Vikings worst: lost wild-card weekend games (1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2008, 2012, 2015)
New England Patriots best: won Super Bowl (2001, 2003, 2004, 2014, 2016, 2018)
New England Patriots worst: lost wild-card weekend games (1982, 1994, 1998, 2009)
New Orleans Saints best: won Super Bowl (2009)
New Orleans Saints worst: lost wild-card weekend games (1987, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2010)
Philadelphia Eagles best: won Super Bowl (2017)
Philadelphia Eagles worst: lost wild-card weekend games (1978, 1981, 1989, 1990, 1996, 2009, 2010, 2013)
San Francisco 49ers best: won Super Bowl (1981, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1994)
San Francisco 49ers worst: lost wild-card weekend games (1985, 2001)
Seattle Seahawks best: won Super Bowl (2013)
Seattle Seahawks worst: lost wild-card weekend games (1987, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2018)
Tennessee Titans best: reached Super Bowl (1999)
Tennessee Titans worst: lost wild-card weekend games (1980, 1989, 1990, 1992, 2007)
Winners, losers from Chiefs' win over Titans in AFC Championship Game .
The Chiefs are headed to the Super Bowl, and Mahomes is playing at a level that might help them win it all. Loser: Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans © Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports The Chiefs provided Henry with bulletin-board material this week. After rushing for 377 yards against two of the NFL’s best defenses, Henry seemed to disappear after being called out. When the Titans needed him the most, the 6-foot-3 running back came up small.He rushed for 32 yards and a score on Tennessee’s first two drives. Following those eight carries, Henry struggled to rack up 37 yards and averaged 3.3 yards per carry.
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