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Lamar Jackson continues to silence his critics

Ravens' fans are haunted by what happened in the playoffs four years ago. This is when Baltimore finished 14-2 in the regular season but dropped its postseason opener to Tennessee. There was enough anxiety created when Houston returned a punt for a touchdown, especially when Steven Sims returned a punt for a touchdown, and Jackson struggled at times as he was blitzed by the Houston Texans defensive unit. They were tied 10-10 at halftime. The Baltimore Ravens had a wake-up call and came out on fire. As a result of Lamar Jackson's two touchdown passes and two touchdown runs, the Baltimore Ravens were able to pull away from the Houston Texans in the second half for a 34-10 win that put them in the AFC championship game.

Jackson made history Saturday, becoming the first quarterback since at least 1948 — in the regular season or playoffs — with at least two touchdown passes, two TD runs, 100 yards rushing and a 100-passer rating in the same game.

The Texans held their own with rookie QB C.J. Stroud and first-year coach DeMeco Ryans who looked ready to shock the world, but Lamar and Baltimore stood on business in the second half. The future looks promising for this young Texans team.

Now Baltimore will host the AFC title game for the first time since January 1971. The Ravens will play in that semifinal round for the fifth time since they arrived in Baltimore. The winner of the Buffalo-Kansas City matchup will face them. Get your popcorn ready!!!!

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