So as Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh stuck

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So as Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh stuck

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Lamar Jackson’s passer rating was bottoming out at 0.0 Bobby Okereke Jersey , he’d endured a first half with a combined total of fumbles and interceptions (three) that was higher than his number of completions (two), and his playoff debut was shaping up as, in a word, a disaster. with his rookie quarterback, and the team’s deficit in an AFC wild-card game against the Los Angeles Chargers grew and grew Sunday, fans near the home team’s sideline called for Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco to get a chance.That drew the ire of Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith, who let the spectators know he thought they were making a mistake during what would become Baltimore’s 23-17 loss to LA.“I’m standing there, and they were just like chanting Flacco’s name. I love ‘Flac,’ but (Jackson) got us here. So for the fact that you’re a fair-weather fan that quickly when things go rough — you turn your back on him? — that just got under my skin a little bit,” Smith said. “So I just went to them and told them, like, ‘Yo, you either ride or die or you get … out of here.'”A day before his 22nd birthday, Jackson became the youngest quarterback to start a postseason game, and aside from getting in gear late Khari Willis Jersey , he sure looked like someone not quite ready for the big stage. The Heisman Trophy winner from Louisville went 14 for 29 for 194 yards, two fourth-quarter TDs to make the score respectable, one pick, one lost fumble and two more fumbles recovered by Baltimore. He was sacked seven times.Asked about the fans’ jeering, Jackson said: “No hard feelings. They’re looking for better.”Harbaugh said he considered making a switch to Flacco — “It was part of the conversation. Certainly thought about it. Certainly talked about it,” the coach explained — but thought the fact that Jackson produced a pair of scores late proved that keeping him in the game was the right call.“Lamar’s our quarterback going forward. There’s no question about that,” Harbaugh said, adding that he expects to return next season, too.While the Chargers (13-4) advanced to play the New England Patriots next Sunday, the AFC North champion Ravens (10-7) had their first trip to the playoffs since 2014 end quickly.Jackson led them there since replacing Flacco by going 6-1, thanks to a strong running game and the league’s No. 2 scoring defense. The sprint to a division title included a 22-10 victory at the Chargers two weeks ago. Rather than a harbinger, that game seemingly provided a scouting report for LA, the first club to face Jackson twice.In that regular-season win against the Chargers, Jackson threw for a career-high 204 yards and put up a 101.3 rating that was his best in an NFL start.It was clear from the outset Sunday this was not going to go as well. The Ravens fumbled on three of their first eight plays, two by Jackson and one by Kenneth Dixon. At halftime Josh Allen Jersey , Jackson was 2 for 8 for 17 yards passing. The Ravens had 69 total yards and a paltry three first downs.Baltimore finally scored in the third quarter via Justin Tucker’s 33-yard field goal after a 6-yard “drive” — that’s how far Jackson took the Ravens after C.J. Mosley’s fumble return. There were boos from the crowd of 70,432 after Jackson was stuffed for no gain on third down.That kick cut Baltimore’s deficit to 12-3. After a partial block resulted in an 11-yard punt that gave the Ravens the ball at the LA 40, another get-nowhere possession led to a field-goal attempt by Tucker, this one from 50 yards — and the most accurate kicker in NFL history produced his first postseason miss in 10 tries.The next Ravens drive featured a pair of sacks — and more boos. Flacco remained on the sideline, standing, his helmet on. After the Ravens trailed 23-3, Jackson tossed TD passes to Michael Crabtree from 31 yards with 6½ minutes remaining, and from 7 yards just before the two-minute warning.“I wasn’t playing my game today,” Jackson said. “Only toward the end.”With one last possession in the closing minute, Jackson lost yet another fumble, sealing the outcome.“He fought to the end. Gave us a chance at the end,” Smith said about his teammate. “Came up short. But you see the heart he has.” KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The dominant storyline all week had been how the AFC championship game represented a passing of the torch, from Tom Brady to Patrick Mahomes and the New England Patriots to the Kansas City Chiefs.Must have lit a fire under the Pats.The team that has been there, done that — and done it again and again — survived a back-and-forth fourth quarter to beat the Chiefs 37-31 in overtime Sunday night. Brady hit trusty targets Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski to convert a trio of third-and-10s against one of the NFL’s worst defenses Jawaan Taylor Jersey , and Rex Burkhead plunged in from 2 yards out to send the Patriots to their third straight Super Bowl.Mahomes and the league’s highest-scoring offense never got a shot with the ball in overtime.The Patriots will face the Los Angeles Rams, who survived their own overtime thriller earlier in the day against the New Orleans Saints, for the Lombardi Trophy in Atlanta.And the Chiefs will head into the offseason ruing another postseason disappointment.“It hurts. It hurts everybody,” Mahomes said. “We had an opportunity this year, this season, and we put in the work. But this game could be a building block.“Right now, it’s the end,” he said, “but hopefully it’s the beginning of a long time.”The Chiefs had never before hosted an AFC championship game. In fact, the last time they hoisted the trophy that now bears the name of their founder, the late Lamar Hunt, it was Hall of Fame quarterback Len Dawson who then led them to a victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth Super Bowl.But with their new star quarterback leading one of the league’s flashiest offenses, this was supposed to be the year Kansas City finally ended its 49-year drought. It was supposed to be the year coach Andy Reid finally exorcised his postseason demons and made it back to the Super Bowl.Instead of a year of change, it was a year of the same.“The way we fought, can’t ask for more out of the guys. Just kind of at a loss for words Josh Oliver Jersey ,” Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce said. “It’s a hell of a run. It hurts to see it end this way.”The beginning of the end came when Patriots coach Bill Belichick dialed up a defense that held the Chiefs to 32 yards total offense in the first half, sacked Mahomes three times and kept Kansas City off the scoreboard for the first time in any half all season.Then, it was Brady and their offense that couldn’t be stopped in the second half and overtime.The Patriots needed all the points they could muster, too.Mahomes led the Chiefs to a touchdown in the third quarter and three more in the fourth, including a drive that Damien Williams capped with a short plunge for a 28-24 lead with 1:29 left in the game.The Patriots answered with a 65-yard drive that took virtually no time, and one that showcased the Chiefs’ defensive problems. They appeared to have picked off Brady when a pass skipped off Gronkowski’s hands and right to Charvarious Ward, but a flag was lying on the other side of the field.It was an offside call on Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford.The Pats took advantage of the second chance, and Brady connected with Gronkowski down the sideline and over safety Eric Berry to convert third down. One play later, Burkhead skated into the end zone for a touchdown that gave the Patriots a 31-28 lead with 39 seconds to go.“They made plays. Contested throws,” Chiefs safety Daniel Sorensen said.Mahomes answered once more with two long passes, including a 27-yard strike to Demarcus Robinson, and gave Harrison Butker a chance to kick a 39-yard field goal and force overtime.But when the Patriots won the coin toss, it put the Chiefs’ maligned defense back on the field.Brady first connected with Edelman to convert on third-and-10, then found his trusty wide receiver again on third-and-10 for another first down. Brady finally hit Gronkowski, who darted inside of Berry for a tough catch Deandre Baker Jersey , on yet another third-and-10 to give the Patriots a shot at the winning touchdown.Three carries later, Burkhead was in the end zone celebrating New England’s next trip to the Super Bowl, and the Chiefs were streaming to a defeated postseason locker room one more time.“The adversity that we fought through all year, how close we got in all of our losses, how close we were, and how we stayed together,” Ford said, “that’s hard to do, stick together. We’re going to continue to stick together, even through this tough loss.”

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