There was no top seed in this postseason for the Baltimore Ravens. There will be no repeat league MVP award for quarterback Lamar Jackson. But in a season that has been all about perseverance, Jackson and the Ravens hung in and crafted a playoff breakthrough Sunday.

The first postseason victory of Jackson’s NFL career came as he and the Ravens erased an early deficit and beat the Tennessee Titans, 20-13, in a first-round AFC playoff encounter in Nashville.

“I knew we had the capability of doing that,” Jackson said in a postgame video news conference. “There’s always going to be naysayers no matter what.”

The fifth-seeded Ravens advanced to a conference semifinal next weekend at either Kansas City or Buffalo, depending on the outcome of Sunday night’s Browns-Steelers game in Pittsburgh.

Ravens Coach John Harbaugh, who has a Super Bowl triumph on his résumé, said it might have been the best win with which he has been associated.

“It had so much meaning for our guys and for us together, the things that we’ve been through together this year and how our guys have responded and how our leaders have led and how our guys have stuck together,” Harbaugh said in a postgame video conference.

Jackson had a touchdown on an electrifying 48-yard dash on a second-quarter scramble as the Ravens scored 17 straight points after trailing 10-0.

“That’s one of the best runs I’ve ever seen,” Harbaugh said. “It’s the best run I’ve ever seen by a quarterback. … We needed points at that point. It got us back in the game. … It made me feel a lot better, I can tell you that.”

Tailback J.K. Dobbins provided a third-quarter touchdown run. Jackson finished with 136 rushing yards, along with 179 passing yards on 17-for-24 accuracy.

Baltimore’s defense did much of the rest. Titans tailback Derrick Henry, coming off the eighth 2,000-yard rushing season in NFL history, ran for only 40 yards on 18 carries.

“It wasn’t good enough,” Titans Coach Mike Vrabel said. “It wasn’t good enough as a team. That’s how it goes sometimes. … Nobody let anybody down.”

Defensive end Derek Wolfe said of the Ravens’ approach against Henry: “Physical, physical, physical. Yeah, yeah, yeah.”

Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw a first-quarter touchdown pass to wide receiver A.J. Brown on a fade pattern, leaving the Ravens wishing for an offensive pass interference call on Brown for a shove of cornerback Marlon Humphrey. Tennessee, the conference’s fourth seed as the AFC South champ, couldn’t reach the end zone otherwise, settling for two field goals by Stephen Gostkowski.

“We won the division, hosted a home playoff game,” Vrabel said. “It wasn’t good enough today.”

The Ravens had been 0-2 in Jackson’s two previous playoff starts. The first loss came to the Los Angeles Chargers at home at the end of the 2018 season, when Jackson was a rookie. That was one thing. Last year’s defeat to the Titans was something else entirely. The Ravens were the AFC’s No. 1 seed. Jackson was about to be named the MVP. But it was the Titans, stunningly, who advanced to last season’s AFC title game, which they lost at Kansas City.

So this game — and this season — was about changing the narrative. Jackson also had been 0-6 as an NFL starter, including the playoffs, in games in which the Ravens had fallen behind by 10 or more points, according to ESPN.

It was a satisfying victory for the Ravens in so many ways. This also was a rematch of a regular season game won by the Titans, 30-24, in overtime Nov. 22 in Baltimore. That game featured a pregame verbal confrontation between Vrabel and Harbaugh. Vrabel became involved after Harbaugh approached Titans players who were on the Ravens’ midfield logo.

In this game, the Ravens were penalized for taunting for stomping on the Titans’ midfield logo after cornerback Marcus Peters intercepted a pass by Tannehill with just less than two minutes remaining. Wolfe said that was meant as a show of team unity by the Ravens, not a disrespectful gesture toward the Titans.

“We accomplished something as a team,” Wolfe said.

Justin Tucker provided two field goals for the Ravens, shrugging off a fourth-quarter miss from 52 yards. That miss, according to ESPN, ended a streak of 48 straight successful field goals for Tucker in the fourth quarter and overtime, including the postseason.

Tucker redeemed himself by connecting from 51 yards with just more than four minutes left. The Ravens turned to Tucker after a fourth-and-two conversion on Jackson’s pass to Dobbins was nullified by an offensive pass interference penalty called on wide receiver Willie Snead IV for light contact on a Titans defender. The call incensed Harbaugh on the Ravens’ sideline.

No matter. The Ravens overcame that. It is becoming a familiar refrain. This was not a joyride of a regular season for Jackson and the Ravens, as last season had been. Jackson tested positive for the coronavirus, and the Ravens had a major outbreak. They played one rescheduled game on a Tuesday and another on a Wednesday. Just getting into the playoffs was a significant chore.

But now they’re advancing, thanks to the come-from-behind grit they demonstrated Sunday and Jackson’s exploits.

“I just locked in even more,” Jackson said. “We just battled.”

Ravens beat Titans as Lamar Jackson gets first playoff win

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There was no top seed in this postseason for the Baltimore Ravens. There will be no repeat league MVP award for their quarterback, Lamar Jackson. But in a season that has been all about perseverance, Jackson and the Ravens hung in and found a way to craft a playoff breakthrough Sunday.

The first postseason victory of Jackson’s NFL career came as he and the Ravens erased an early deficit and beat the Tennessee Titans, 20-13, in an opening-round AFC playoff encounter in Nashville.

The fifth-seeded Ravens advanced to a conference semifinal next weekend at either Kansas City or Buffalo, depending upon the outcome of Sunday night’s Browns-Steelers game in Pittsburgh.

Jackson had a touchdown on an electrifying 48-yard second-quarter scramble as the Ravens scored 17 straight points after trailing, 10-0. Tailback J.K. Dobbins provided a third-quarter touchdown run.

Jackson finished with 136 rushing yards, along with 179 passing yards on 17-for-24 throwing accuracy.

The Baltimore defense did much of the rest. Titans tailback Derrick Henry, coming off the eighth 2,000-yard rushing season in NFL history, managed to run for only 40 yards on 18 carries.

Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw a first-quarter touchdown pass to wide receiver A.J. Brown on a fade pattern, leaving the Ravens hoping for an offensive pass interference call on Brown for a shove of cornerback Marlon Humphrey that wasn’t called. But Tennessee couldn’t reach the end zone otherwise, settling for two field goals by kicker Stephen Gostkowski.

The Ravens had been 0-2 in Jackson’s previous playoff starts. The first came to the Los Angeles Chargers at home at the end of the 2018 season, when Jackson was a rookie. That was one thing. Last year’s defeat to the Titans was something else entirely. The Ravens were the AFC’s No. 1 seed. Jackson was about to be named the MVP. But it was the Titans, stunningly, who advanced to last season’s AFC championship game, which they lost at Kansas City.

So this game — and this season — was about changing that narrative.

“Lamar can’t win a playoff game,” Jackson told ESPN before the game. “I guess that’s the biggest narrative right now.”

Jackson had been 0-6 as an NFL starter, including the playoffs, in games in which the Ravens had fallen behind by 10 or more points, according to ESPN.

It was a satisfying triumph for the Ravens in many ways. This also was a rematch of a regular season game won by the Titans, 30-24, in overtime Nov. 22 in Baltimore. That game featured a pregame verbal confrontation between the two head coaches, Baltimore’s John Harbaugh and Tennessee’s Mike Vrabel. Vrabel became involved after Harbaugh approached Titans players who were on the Ravens’ midfield logo.

In this game, the Ravens were penalized for taunting for stomping on the Titans’ midfield logo when cornerback Marcus Peters intercepted a pass by Tannehill with just less than two minutes remaining.

Kicker Justin Tucker provided two field goals for the Ravens, shrugging off a fourth-quarter miss from 52 yards. That miss, according to ESPN, ended a streak of 48 straight successful field goals for Tucker in the fourth quarter and overtime, including the postseason.

But Tucker redeemed himself by connecting from 51 yards with just more than four minutes left. The Ravens turned to Tucker after having a successful fourth-and-two conversion on Jackson’s pass to Dobbins nullified by an offensive pass interference penalty called on wide receiver Willie Snead for extremely light contact on a Titans defender. The call incensed Harbaugh on the Ravens’ sideline.

This was not a joyride of a regular season for Jackson and the Ravens, as last season had been. Jackson tested positive for the coronavirus and the Ravens had a major outbreak. They played one rescheduled game on a Tuesday and another on a Wednesday. Just getting into the playoffs was a significant chore.

But now they’re advancing. (Final score: Ravens 20, Titans 13)

Ravens intercept Ryan Tannehill

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Ryan Tannehill threw an interception to Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters. The Titans may have squandered their final chance to push this game into overtime. The Ravens were penalized for taunting for stomping on the Titans’ midfield logo. (Ravens 20, Titans 13 with 1:50 left in the 4th quarter)

Ravens get field goal after debatable call negates fourth-down conversion

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Justin Tucker didn’t miss again. The kicker for the Ravens connected on a 51-yard field goal after missing from 52 yards earlier in the quarter. That miss, according to ESPN, ended a streak of 48 straight successful field goals for Tucker in the fourth quarter and overtime, including the postseason. The Ravens turned to Tucker after having a successful fourth-and-two conversion on Lamar Jackson’s pass to running back J.K. Dobbins nullified by an offensive pass interference penalty called on wide receiver Willie Snead for extremely light contact on a Titans defender. The call incensed Coach John Harbaugh on the Ravens’ sideline. (Ravens 20, Titans 13 with 4:19 left in the 4th quarter)

Justin Tucker misses for Ravens

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Usually reliable kicker Justin Tucker had a chance to restore the Ravens’ lead to seven points. He didn’t. Tucker missed a 52-yard field goal attempt, sending the ball wide right. (Ravens 17, Titans 13 with 12:11 left in the 4th quarter)

Titans get closer with field goal

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The Titans cut into the Ravens’ lead with a 25-yard field goal by kicker Stephen Gostkowski on the opening play of the fourth quarter. The Baltimore defense threw Titans tailback Derrick Henry for a two-yard loss on a catch on a third-and-goal play from the 5-yard line to end the third quarter. The Ravens pressured Ryan Tannehill into making that dump-off throw to Henry, then tackled Henry immediately. Tannehill had an 18-yard completion to wide receiver A.J. Brown during the drive, and the Ravens committed a roughing-the-passer penalty on the same play. (Ravens 17, Titans 13 with 14:56 left in the 4th quarter)

Ravens move in front on Dobbins’s touchdown

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Make it 17 straight points for the Ravens, who have their first lead of the day. Tailback J.K. Dobbins punctuated a smooth opening drive to start the second half with a four-yard touchdown run. Lamar Jackson ran for 23 yards on a third-and-two play, then flipped a pass to 311-pound fullback Patrick Ricard for a nine-yard again on another third and two. That completion to Richard gave the Ravens a first down at the Tennessee 4-yard line and Dobbins scored on the next play. (Ravens 17, Titans 10 with 9:01 left in the 3rd quarter)

Ravens, Titans tied at half as Lamar Jackson seeks first career playoff win

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The fifth-seeded Ravens and fourth-seeded Titans are tied at 10 at halftime of their opening-round AFC playoff encounter in Nashville.

The Ravens scored 10 straight points after falling behind, 10-0. Quarterback Lamar Jackson had a brilliant 48-yard touchdown dash on a third-and-nine scramble.

Jackson and the Ravens are trying to reverse some discouraging trends. Jackson has lost both his career postseason starts, one of them to the Titans in last year’s stunning result in an AFC semifinal in Baltimore when the Ravens were the conference’s No. 1 seed. Jackson also is 0-6 as an NFL starter, including the playoffs, in games in which the Ravens have fallen behind by 10 or more points, according to ESPN.

Jackson threw an interception that set up a Tennessee field goal and was sacked four times in the first half. Four of his seven completions went to wide receiver Marquise Brown.

The Baltimore defense limited Titans tailback Derrick Henry, coming off the eighth 2,000-yard rushing season in NFL history, to 18 rushing yards on 10 first-half carries. Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw a first-quarter touchdown pass to wide receiver A.J. Brown on a fade pattern. The Ravens wanted an offensive pass interference penalty called on Brown for a shove of cornerback Marlon Humphrey but no flag was thrown. (Ravens 10, Titans 10 at halftime)

Lamar Jackson’s dazzling touchdown run ties game for Ravens

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The Ravens pulled even on an electrifying 48-yard touchdown dash by Lamar Jackson. His ball-carrying brilliance was on full display as the reigning league MVP left the pocket on a third-and-nine passing attempt. Jackson moved straight up the field and then cut to his right, eluding Titans safety Kevin Byard. He accelerated and reached the right sideline, then dove across the goal line at the finish. (Ravens 10, Titans 10 with 2:32 left in the 2nd quarter)

Ravens get field goal to cut into Titans’ lead

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The Ravens, after falling behind by 10 points, regrouped with a solid drive. But they couldn’t reach the end zone and had to settle for a 33-yard field goal by kicker Justin Tucker. Lamar Jackson had a 28-yard completion to wide receiver Maquise Brown as part of the 12-play, 60-yard drive. The Ravens reached the Tennessee 10-yard line. But Jackson was sacked on a third-and-six play from there to force the kick. (Titans 10, Ravens 3 with 9:59 left in the 2nd quarter)

Titans add to lead with field goal after interception

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The Titans converted an interception thrown by Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson into a field goal and an early 10-point lead. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski connected from 45 yards. The Titans moved 45 yards after Jackson threw an interception to Tennessee cornerback Malcolm Butler on a deep pass intended for wide receiver Miles Boykin. It was Butler’s first postseason interception since his famed game-saving interception for the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks. (Titans 10, Ravens 0 with 1:38 left in the 1st quarter)

Tannehill-to-Brown TD gives Titans the lead, leaves Ravens looking for flag

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The Titans have the early lead on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill to wide receiver A.J. Brown, working against Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey. Brown outmaneuvered Humphrey on a fade pattern to catch Tannehill’s lob into the end zone. Humphrey was knocked to the turf, looking for a penalty to be called on Brown for a shove and offensive pass interference. But no flag was thrown and the touchdown stood. Former NFL referee John Parry, now ESPN’s rules analyst, said on the broadcast: “I think this left hand creates an advantage [for Brown]…. I would have a foul there.” Brown also made a catch along the sideline against Humphrey for a 28-yard gain earlier on the drive. Tannehill connected with tight end Anthony Firkser for a nine-yard gain on third and four, giving the Titans a first down at the Baltimore 7-yard line. They lost three yards on first down before getting the touchdown on second and goal. (Titans 7, Ravens 0 with 5:39 left in the 1st quarter)

All Sunday NFL playoff games on; no new positives for Browns

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The Ravens-Titans and Bears-Saints NFL playoff games Sunday were cleared for kickoff after the latest round of daily leaguewide coronavirus testing.

The Cleveland Browns had no new positive tests in the daily results returned Sunday. But the results of additional point-of-care testing being performed on the Browns remained pending. Once those results are in, the NFL can make a decision on final clearance for kickoff of Sunday night’s Browns-Steelers game in Pittsburgh.

The testing results and the decisions on final clearance for the games were confirmed by a person familiar with the NFL’s planning.

The Browns traveled Saturday to Pittsburgh after conducting a walk-through in Cleveland. They reopened their facility and practiced Friday for the first time all week after their facility had been closed because of their ongoing coronavirus issues.

Coach Kevin Stefanski, guard Joel Bitonio and wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge are among the Browns personnel who are in isolation and will miss Sunday’s game after testing positive for the coronavirus. The Browns confirmed Stefanski’s positive test result; the positive tests for Bitonio and Hodge were confirmed by a person familiar with those results. Stefanski participated remotely in the Browns’ preparations during the week but cannot be involved virtually in coaching during the game.

If the Browns-Steelers game is played, the NFL will be seven postseason games, including the Super Bowl scheduled for Feb. 7 in Tampa, from completing its season. It played its 256-game regular season within the originally planned 17 weeks — despite outbreaks on the Titans and Ravens and a series of rescheduled games — and played three opening-round playoff games Saturday.

Update: The Browns-Steelers game will be played as scheduled Sunday night. The final clearance was given after the results of the Browns’ additional point-of-care testing were returned. All those were negative, according to a person familiar with the results. That’s after the Browns had no new positive results in the regular daily coronavirus testing. The NFL will play all three playoff games Sunday and will have seven games remaining, including the Super Bowl, to complete its season.

How will this season’s playoffs work?

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The NFL playoffs are a single-elimination tournament that determines champions from the AFC and NFC, who then square off in the Super Bowl. The tournament has three rounds before the Super Bowl that take place over three weekends. The first round is followed by the divisional round and then championship Sunday.

The format changed this year. Rather than six teams from each conference making the playoffs with the top seeds from each conference earning a bye, seven teams make it with only the top seed earning a bye. The change will result in a more robust initial weekend, with three games on both Saturday and Sunday.

Humphrey, Smith, Ngakoue are active for Ravens

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Cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey and Jimmy Smith and pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue are active for the Ravens for their game at Tennessee. None was included on the game-day inactive list released by the Ravens.

Humphrey, Smith and Ngakoue had been listed as questionable on the injury report.

Running back Mark Ingram is on the inactive list. He wasn’t listed on the injury report, meaning he’s a healthy scratch.