April 20, 2024

What Lamar Jackson and the Ravens can learn from another Chiefs Super Bowl title

After the Kansas City Chiefs won their second straight Super Bowl title and third in five years late Sunday night, sealing their dynasty with a 25-22 overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers, star defensive tackle Chris Jones pondered on the team’s history. One particular stop stood out.
“I think we faced the best team in the league in [the] Baltimore Ravens, hands down,” he stated on NFL Network.

It was intended to be praise. In Baltimore, it most likely felt like another cold shower. The Ravens went into the playoffs as Super Bowl favorites. They’d finished with only one victory, their title hopes dashed in the AFC championship game by a poor offensive performance against Kansas City.

There’s always next year, but the Ravens’ 2023 season has all the makings of something great. As their offseason begins, here are three things they may learn from the Chiefs’ Super Bowl LVIII victory.

The biggest surprise of Sunday’s game was not 49ers wide receiver Jauan Jennings’ near-win for Most Valuable Player. Or Taylor Swift turning up to the game with Blake Lively and Ice Spice. Or that one tweet from Joe Biden.
This was Mahomes’ first interception in seven playoff games, dating back to the beginning of the Chiefs’ Super Bowl run last season. Over 18 career playoffs games, he had a lifetime interception rate of 1.2%; only C.J. Stroud (1%) performed better among qualifying quarterbacks during the 2023 regular season, and the Houston Texans did not play playoff-caliber defenses every week.
Turnovers have been a major issue for Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson in the postseason. Not only fumbles and interceptions, but plays that should have resulted in a takeaway as well. In the Ravens’ loss to the Chiefs, Jackson was strip-sacked, threw a fourth-quarter interception, and was fortunate not to have at least one or two other passes intercepted.
Playoff Lamar has had significantly more turnovers than Regular-Season Lamar in his six postseason appearances. According to Pro Football Focus, Jackson’s turnover-worthy play rate on drop-backs has increased over the four seasons he has made the playoffs.

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