Ravens beat mistake-prone Jaguars 23-7 for 4th consecutive victory and clinch AFC playoff spot

Lamar Jackson threw a landing move and made the play of evening when he averted a sack and threw to Isaiah Probably close to the objective line, and the Baltimore Ravens clinched a postseason berth with a 23-7 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday evening.

Gus Edwards ran for a landing for the Ravens (11-3), who received their fourth in a row and moved a step nearer to securing the No. 1 seed and home-field benefit all through the AFC playoffs.

The Jaguars (8-6) misplaced their third straight – all towards AFC North groups – and fell right into a tie with Houston and Indianapolis atop the AFC South. Self-inflicted errors have been a typical thread in Jacksonville’s skid.

Trevor Lawrence fumbled twice within the newest letdown, together with one within the fourth quarter that primarily sealed Baltimore‘s eighth victory in its final 9 video games.

This one could have been pricey for the Ravens.

Promising rookie working again Keaton Mitchell injured his left knee early within the fourth quarter and was shortly dominated out. Replays confirmed his knee bend awkwardly throughout a run. He flashed a thumbs-up signal as he left the sideline on a cart.

The Ravens additionally misplaced beginning left deal with Ronnie Staley (concussion) and free security Marcus Williams (groin).

Jackson, Edwards, Probably and an elite protection did sufficient to beat to the accidents.

Jackson threw for 171 yards – 70 of these to Probably – and ran for 97 extra. Edwards added 58 on the bottom, and Mitchell had 73 earlier than his harm.

Lawrence threw for 264 yards, together with a 65-yard landing to Jamal Agnew that gave the Jaguars life after a scoreless first half. However the Ravens answered with an unlikely play.

Jackson averted Dawuane Smoot’s sack, rolled proper and threw a move up for grabs close to the objective line. Probably outmaneuvered cornerback Darious Williams and security Andrew Wingard for the reception. Edwards scored two performs later.

The Jaguars had 4 scoring possibilities within the first half however didn’t money in on any of them. They managed 181 yards, which was probably the most by a staff in a gap half this season that didn’t rating.

Brandon McManus missed two area targets from past 50 yards, and Lawrence inexplicably fumbled on the Baltimore 18-yard line. Lawrence merely misplaced the ball whereas scrambling on a third-and-17 play. He wasn’t going to select up the primary down, however Jacksonville absolutely was in makeable vary for McManus.

Lawrence‘s second mistake was much more of a head-scratcher. After connecting with Zay Jones for 36 yards and placing the Jaguars on the 5 with 15 seconds remaining within the half, Lawrence most likely ought to have spiked the ball and stopped the clock. As a substitute, he threw a brief out to rookie Parker Washington, who could not get out of bounds and helplessly watched the clock run out.

Add all of it up, and the Jaguars might have been up 16-10 at intermission. As a substitute, they trailed 10-0.

QUESTIONABLE NO-CALL

McManus’ first of two errant area targets was a 50-yarder that clanged off the appropriate upright within the first quarter. He most likely ought to have gotten a do-over.

Officers didn’t throw a flag on Mitchell after he bumped into McManus whereas he was ending his follow-through. Holder Logan Cooke vehemently argued with officers, who later got here to the sideline to clarify themselves to Cooke and coach Doug Pederson. Retired NFL referee and present NBC guidelines analyst Terry McAulay stated the Ravens ought to have been penalized 5 yards on the fourth-and-7 play.

SACK STREAK

Ravens defensive deal with Justin Madubuike tied an NFL document by recording no less than a half-sack in 11 consecutive video games. Madubuike sacked Lawrence within the fourth to tie the document held by Jared Allen, Chris Jones, Trey Hendrickson and Shaun Ellis.

KEY INJURIES

Jaguars WR Zay Jones, who lately returned from a knee harm, strained a hamstring within the fourth. Ravens S Kyle Hamilton performed by way of a knee harm that had him listed as questionable. He completed with seven tackles.

UP NEXT

Baltimore: Performs at San Francisco on Christmas, one other prime-time matchup between division leaders on the other coast.

Jacksonville: Performs at Tampa Bay on Dec. 24, additionally a sport that includes division leaders.

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