ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Lamar Jackson did not break Michael Vick’s file however the Baltimore Ravens had been in a position to earn one thing that required them to struggle till the ultimate minute.
Jackson threw three landing passes and the Ravens protection delivered a fourth-down stand within the fourth quarter to assist the Ravens slip previous the Buffalo Payments 24-17 and clinch a second straight playoff berth. Off to their greatest begin in franchise historical past, the Ravens (11-2) can safe their second straight AFC North title if the Pittsburgh Steelers lose to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday afternoon.
After watching a double-digit fourth quarter lead practically get away from them, the Ravens could not rejoice till cornerback Marcus Peters deflected a fourth-down red-zone move from Josh Allen with 1 minute, three seconds remaining.
Together with his prime goal Mark Andrews (knee) injured and Jackson getting bottled up within the operating sport, the quarterback needed to scratch out his ninth straight win along with his arm, hitting Nick Boyle (three yards), Hayden Hurst (61 yards) and Willie Snead IV (four yards) for landing passes at a windy New Period Discipline.
Jackson grew to become the second quarterback in NFL historical past to eclipse 1,000 yards dashing however he was held to 40 yards, the second fewest of the season. He is nonetheless 23 yards wanting Vick’s single-season dashing file for a quarterback.
The Ravens protection had held the Payments out of the top zone for the primary three quarters, when Baltimore prolonged its result in 24-9. However the Payments marched to the Ravens’ 16-yard line with the assistance of three Baltimore penalties earlier than Peters made the well timed move breakup.
This marked the earliest that the Ravens have ever clinched a postseason berth.
Baltimore stays the highest seed within the AFC with three video games remaining. The Ravens have a fast turnaround, enjoying host to the New York Jets on Thursday evening.