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BALTIMORE (AP) — The Ravens are making a serious playoff run behind fleet-footed rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson White Justin Tucker Jersey , the key figure in Baltimore’s rejuvenated ground game.Jackson picked apart the Tampa Bay defense on a soggy field, running for 95 yards and throwing for 131 to carry the Ravens to a 20-12 victory Sunday.Anointed the starter over veteran Joe Flacco earlier in the week, Jackson justified the decision with a riveting performance. Slipping between and sliding around potential tacklers, the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner operated the run-pass option in much the same fashion as during his glory days at Louisville.Jackson directed two drives that lasted more than seven minutes before closing out the game with a drive that consumed the final 7:08. He carried 18 times and completed 14 of 23 passes, one of them for a touchdown.Tampa Bay (5-9) isn’t the first team to struggle to stop Jackson, and probably won’t be the last.“You’ve got everybody covered, but the play gets extended,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh noted. “Lamar can throw on the run, or he can run. I just think that’s a very valuable (talent) to have.”Baltimore (8-6) is 4-1 since Jackson took over for the injured Flacco, the only loss in overtime at Kansas City. Jackson has rushed for 427 yards in those five games. The Ravens held the ball for more than 37 minutes compared to 22:50 for Tampa Bay.“You’ve got to stay on the field on offense,” Harbaugh said. “If you do that, you have a chance to generate some points.”The Ravens amassed 242 yards rushing on 49 attempts. Gus Edwards finished with 104, Kenneth Dixon contributed 48 and Jackson averaged 5.3 yards per rush — even though he took a knee for the final three plays inside the Tampa Bay 10.“He makes you play 11-on-11 football instead of 11 on 10,” Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said of Jackson, the 32nd overall pick in the NFL draft. “We had him wrapped up a couple of times and he squirted out of there and was able to extend plays.”The loss eliminated Tampa Bay from playoff contention.Baltimore’s second-ranked defense did its part, holding the Buccaneers to one touchdown and 241 yards. In the fourth quarter, Marlon Humphrey picked off Jameis Winston’s pass and forced an incompletion on fourth down from the Baltimore 33 with 7 minutes left.“It’s very frustrating because we didn’t execute,” Bucs guard Ali Marpet said. “When you get chances to score and you don’t take advantage of them, it makes it more frustrating.”The Ravens went up 17-9 by opening the second half with a 78-yard drive that lasted nearly five minutes. Jackson extended the march with a 17-yard completion to Mark Andrews and peeled off a 22-yard run before Edwards scored on a 10-yard burst up the middle.“I seen ’em coming,” Jackson said of his pivotal run. “I just had to make a play, make a bad play good. It was a success.”Baltimore then forced a punt, but return man Cyrus Jones inexplicably touched the bouncing ball. Tampa Bay recovered and turned the miscue into a field goal.Jackson answered with a 15-play drive that covered 38 yards and produced a field goal for a 20-12 lead.Baltimore squandered its first promising drive late in the first quarter when Jackson botched a handoff and the Bucs recovered the loose ball at their 49. A 23-yard pass to Mike Evans set up a 3-yard touchdown run by Peyton Barber.On the conversion, the wet football slithered through the hands of holder Bryan Anger.The Ravens responded with the kind of drive that showed why Harbaugh picked Jackson over Flacco, who’s now healthy following a right hip injury. Jackson contributed 19 yards rushing to a 73-yard march that used 16 plays, lasted more than eight minutes and ended with a shovel pass from Jackson to Chris Moore, who scooted around right end for a 5-yard TD and a 7-6 lead.Winston then burned the Ravens with a third-and-20 scramble-and-launch 64-yard pass to Evans on a third-and-20 that produced a field goal.IT’S BEEN A WHILEBaltimore is the first team since the 1976 Steelers to rush for at least 190 yards in five straight games, according to the Ravens.“Right now we’ve got a good thing going,” Edwards said.INJURIESBucs: TE Alan Cross left with a shoulder injury in the second quarter and did not return.Ravens: OLB Matt Judon hurt his left knee in the third quarter but returned. … TE Nick Boyle left with a concussion.UP NEXTBucs: Final road game against Cowboys next Sunday. Dallas leads the series 14-4 (including playoffs).Ravens: Face Chargers on road Saturday night, first meeting between the teams on the West Coast since 2012. Winners and Losers.The big winners in Week 16 were the Saints , Patriots, Cowboys , Seahawks and Ravens. The big losers were the Steelers, Dolphins, Chiefs and Texans.But wait. Then the Texans became winners hours later, earning a playoff berth as they headed back to Houston on Sunday following a last-second 32-30 loss at Philadelphia that handed the AFC's No. 2 seed behind Kansas City to the Patriots — as if they need any help when the playoffs arrive. Houston sneaked in when Pittsburgh lost 31-28 at New Orleans, though the Texans still could wind up a wild card in the, well, wild AFC South. Here's a road map as we head into the final week of the schedule.NFCNew Orleans (12-3) secured home-field advantage throughout the conference playoffs by beating Pittsburgh, dropping the Steelers into second place behind Baltimore in the AFC North. The Saints won't be playing outdoors again — the Super Bowl, should they get there Joe Flacco Jersey 2019 , will be inside at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium."Knowing that we've done it, knowing that the road comes through New Orleans, that gives us a lot of confidence," Drew Brees said. "Obviously we love playing in the dome. … We have goals throughout the season and this is one of them."Also reaching their goal were the Cowboys, grabbing the NFC East with a 27-20 victory over Tampa Bay. Dallas (9-6) will be the fourth seed and host a wild-card game."We can't get comfortable," Ezekiel Elliott said. "We can't afford to take a week off next week. We've got to keep working and make sure we're ready for the playoffs."Chicago (11-4) needs to be ready next week at Minnesota (8-6-1). For one, the Bears have a shot at the second overall slot and a first-round bye with a win and a loss by the Rams (12-3), who are at home for San Francisco. For another, they could deny their division rival a postseason spot; a Vikings win gets them a wild card.But a Vikings loss and an Eagles win at Washington gets the defending champions (8-7) back into the postseason.Seattle (9-6) appears destined to play at Dallas in the first round. The Seahawks beat the Cowboys in Week 3 for their first win of what was supposed to be a rebuilding year.They've rebuilt so quickly that Pete Carroll is in the running for Coach of the Year."It's not complicated," Russell Wilson said after the 38-31 victory against the Chiefs. "It's hard work, it's having faith. We knew we had to battle throughout the season, it's a journey and we're still not done yet."AFCFor a decade now, the New England Patriots have owned the AFC East, and they had a huge weekend.The Patriots clinched their 10th straight division title when they beat Buffalo 24-12. They got an added bonus when Houston fell to drop out of the second seed in the conference, which New England grabbed — with a shot at the top spot.They are 7-0 in Foxborough — the league's only undefeated team in its own building — and 3-5 on the road."We didn't have our best day in the passing game. But it felt good to win. At this time of year, whatever it takes to win, that's what you've got to do," Tom Brady said. Baltimore (9-6), fresh off its victory at the Chargers on Saturday night, has a half-game lead on Pittsburgh (8-6-1), which has lost four of five. The Ravens will take the North with a home win against Cleveland next week. The Steelers host Cincinnati and need help to get into the postseason from their hated enemy, the Browns."We're playing pretty good football, but it might not matter," Ben Roethlisberger said. "Obviously we don't control our destiny any more. We have to take care of business next week."You can be as skillful as you want on both sides of the ball and special teams, but there is still a small element of luck involved in football. A play here, a play there. If that's what it is, I don't know, but it's the game of football."The game of tiebreakers also shows that should the Colts and Titans deadlock at Nashville in the prime-time game to end the season, and the Steelers win, Pittsburgh edges both of them for the final wild card, all at 9-6-1.In the South, Houston (10-5) is leading Indianapolis and Tennessee by a game. The Texans host Jacksonville (5-10) and could wind up a wild card with a loss and a non-tie in Nashville.The Chiefs (11-4) and Chargers (11-4) already are in the postseason from the West. That takes up one wild card. But Kansas City, once the darling of the league, could plummet from top overall seed to wild card if it flops versus Oakland next week and LA beats Denver.Miami was still in the mix before falling 17-7 at home to lowly Jacksonville. Shameful.What is clear is that there's no overwhelming favorite. It's been a while since a wild-card team, Green Bay for the 2010 season, won the championship. Right now, betting against the likes of the Chargers, Seahawks or Eagles should they get in would be foolish.

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