Baltimore Ravens painful playoff exit: 3 big things
3. A harsh moment in Ravens history:
Now that we have gotten the perspective check about the bright future ahead of this team, let’s address the sour taste that this game left behind. The Ravens have had a home playoff game two years in a row. Two years in a row, one home playoff game was all it took to end their chances of winning a Super Bowl. The statistics were different, the teams were different, the outcome was exactly the same. Did Harbaugh lose his playoff magic? Will this keep happening? Will the Ravens keep being regular season warriors just to be postseason failures?
The Ravens just opened up the debate on Lamar Jackson. It isn’t fair. It shouldn’t be opened up. That being said, what do you think people are going to spend the offseason talking about? Jackson had an MVP caliber season. Jackson has proven that he can throw at the NFL level by leading the league in touchdown passes. Now, the question becomes can he get the job done in the playoffs?
While the Ravens figure to be contenders for years to come, this could have been the best shot they will get at winning a Super Bowl. 14-2 seasons with the top seed in the AFC playoffs don’t come around every year. The Ravens just needed to win two home games to go the Super Bowl. They got the sixth seed in the divisional round, and they were 10 point favorites. The Ravens have a good shot at winning a Super Bowl or two in the Lamar Jackson era; however they may have just wasted the year where the stars aligned for them.
This loss was a bad look for Harbaugh and his staff. It recreated much of the same doubt that was there at this time last year and it tempered the justified excitement for the next season of Ravens football. The Ravens got their fanbase excited and then let them down worse than ever before. Even if the Ravens come out hot next season, this franchise is going to have to do a lot to earn their trust back.