Lamar Jackson’s historic campaign will continue into the postseason.
The Ravens rookie will become the youngest quarterback in NFL history to start a playoff game when takes the field for Sunday’s wild-card game against the Chargers.
But Jackson isn’t going to let the excitement of the potential record cloud his focus.
“It really doesn’t [matter to me],” Jackson said, via the team’s website. “I’m here to play football. I was 21 all year, so this is another game for me.”
The last rookie to win a playoff game against a non-rookie quarterback was Mark Sanchez with the Jets in 2009. He and Ravens veteran Joe Flacco are the only QBs since the 1970 merger to win multiple playoff games in their first season.
However, Jackson has exceeded all expectations in leading the Ravens to a 6-1 record to close the regular season and their first AFC North title since 2012, while also overhauling the offense with his impressive run game. In fact, the dual-threat playmaker has attempted at least 11 rushes in each of his starts. He has rushed for 695 yards and five touchdowns while passing for 1,201 yards and six scores.
Jackson, who turns 22 on Monday, has only one wish in mind for his upcoming birthday.
“I’m trying to taste that victory for my birthday Monday,” Jackson said. “I can taste it!”
Baltimore is slated to host Los Angeles at 1:05 p.m. ET.