Like the Big Bang, the initial explosion took a little bit of time to sort out. Jackson's MVP candidacy didn't immediately form, and it required a rookie-year run to the playoffs that included a bitter postseason loss.
But then Jackson awoke in the fourth, tossing two touchdown passes in the game's final 6:33 and putting Baltimore near midfield with a one-score deficit in the game's final minute. Jackson's lost fumble ended things, yet the final period of that wild-card contest gave us a preview of what was to come in 2019: an unleashed Jackson.
"That game motivated me. It's still motivating me," Jackson said.
Statistically, it's true. Baltimore owns the league's No. 1 rushing offense, while the Titans finished third in the regular season in rushing (138.9 yards per game) and racked up 201 rushing yards in their wild-card win over the Patriots. Baltimore and Tennessee also rank in the top 12 in rushing defense, though the Ravens are allowing 15 less yards on the ground per game.
"I'm not a rookie anymore," Jackson said. "I've been around. I've seen everything they can bring. So, I just have to keep playing ball, and we're going to see when it comes."