Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense struggle to contain Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson on this slick 11-yard run.
But while three NFC teams could have stamped their tickets on Sunday, the Bears were the only ones who did: the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks both lost, meaning they have to wait another week, though both remain in good shape to qualify. It was a similar story in the AFC: three teams had the chance to clinch postseason berths, but only one did. The Los Angeles Chargers’ no-time-left, game-winning two-point conversion against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night earned them the chance to play in January for the first time since 2013.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers knew what was coming. Jackson dared the Bucs (5-9) to catch him if they could. Jackson ran for 95 of Baltimore's 242 yards on the ground, and the Ravens formally eliminated the Bucs from playoff contention with a 20-12 victory Sunday.
It’s really early in Lamar Jackson’s career, but maybe not too early to at least wonder if we’re seeing the best running quarterback in NFL history. We know this much already: Jackson has accomplished something Mike Vick, Randall Cunningham, Steve Young or any other great running quarterback never did. Jackson has rushed for 70 or more yards in five straight games, the first time in NFL history a quarterback has done that.
Watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers postgame press conference following their Week 15 loss vs. Baltimore Ravens as we hear from head coach Dirk Koetter and quarterback Jameis Winston.
Listen to the Baltimore Ravens postgame press conference following their Week 15 win vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers as we hear from head coach John Harbaugh, rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson and cornerback Marlon Humphrey.