Ravens’ AFC Championship loss to the Chiefs is ‘the greatest choke job in the history of the NFL’, claims Jason Whitlock, one week after declaring Kansas City didn’t have ‘any chance in hell’ of winning
- The 56-year-old slammed the team’s ‘all black quarterback room’ on his podcast
- Lamar Jackson did not throw a TD pass against the Chiefs but was intercepted
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Former ESPN columnist Jason Whitlock claimed the Ravens’ AFC Championship game loss to the Chiefs was ‘the biggest choke job in NFL history’ – just a week after he boldly claimed Kansas City didn’t have ‘any no chance in hell of winning.
Despite his support for the Chiefs, the 56-year-old predicted a ’14-17 point game’ and that the Ravens would outrun the Chiefs defense to win, as they have done virtually all season.
But Sunday’s competition didn’t turn out that way. Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson went 20 for 37 for 272 yards, but made few big plays beyond two throws to rookie Zay Flowers for 30 and 54 yards. He was sacked four times, lost a fumble and threw an interception.
Speaking on his podcast Tuesday, Whitlock said of the Ravens loss, “I feel like it’s one of the biggest chokes in the history of the NFL. I do think Baltimore was clearly the better team, the best team in the NFL, and I think Lamar Jackson and the whole team panicked.
“I think the offensive coaches — the all black quarterback room — decided, “Hey, we’re going to pass on Patrick Mahomes. We’re going to come out of our identity and we’re going to throw for throw with Patrick Mahomes.”
Former ESPN columnist Jason Whitlock blasted the Ravens’ game plan after the AFC title loss to the Chiefs last Sunday
Lamar Jackson went 20 for 37 for 272 yards, but made few big plays beyond two throws to rookie wide receiver Zay Flower for 30 and 54 yards.
“Stupid strategy,” Whitlock responded to his own assessment of what he thought the Ravens’ game plan was. “To try to prove the wrong thing and it costs Baltimore, I think maybe their best chance to get to a Super Bowl.
“It might be a stink that Lamar never recovers from.”
After the second-round playoff game against the Chiefs, Jackson’s career postseason record dropped to 2-4. While he quelled some of the talk of his playoff shortcomings during a 34-10 rout of Houston, the versatile star remains in search of his first Super Bowl appearance.
“I told him to stand up,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “He had a great season. His performance today was full of heart and he fought. He gave everything he had, so it’s nothing I would be disappointed with.’
Jackson wasn’t the only Baltimore player to underperform in front of a rain-soaked sellout crowd that never saw the Ravens hold the lead. Flowers had five catches for 115 yards and his team’s lone touchdown, but he also took an inexcusable taunting penalty after that 54-yarder late in the third quarter.
Whitlock slammed the Ravens for relying on Jackson’s passing ability instead of running the ball
Four plays later, Flowers lost a punt at the goal line to end the series with Baltimore 17-7.
“We all make mistakes,” Jackson said. ‘This is his first season. This is my first time in this situation, this is his first time in this situation. We’re going to jump back. Nobody plays the game perfectly.’
The Ravens were far from it. They were flagged eight times for 95 yards for such offenses as roughing the passer, unnecessary roughness, 12 men on the field and, as noted earlier, taunting.
‘It’s never about the other side. It’s about us,” Ravens linebacker Roquan Smith said.