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Ravens clinch playoff spot behind Lamar Jackson, stifling defense in win over Jaguars

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The Baltimore Ravens clinched a playoff spot with a 23-7 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Lamar Jackson and the defense had to take on a tough team led by Trevor Lawrence and did so early. Jackson’s touchdown pass to Isaiah Likely with 1:12 left in the first half gave Baltimore a 10-0 lead.

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Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens runs with the ball while being chased by DaVon Hamilton #52 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the third quarter at EverBank Stadium on December 17, 2023 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Courtney Culbreath/Getty Images)

Baltimore kicked off its first drive of the second half and Jacksonville was able to get on the board for the next series. Lawrence found Jamal Agnew for a 65-yard touchdown pass. But that was the only score Jacksonville could get.

Ravens running back Gus Edwards scored a touchdown in the fourth and Justin Tucker added his second and third field goals of the night to put the Jaguars away.

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Jackson finished 14 of 24 with 171 passing yards, one touchdown pass and one interception. He led the team with 97 rushing yards. Edwards added 53 yards on 15 carries. Rookie running back Keaton Mitchell had 73 yards rushing, but his night ended early when he injured his knee.

He probably led the team with five catches for 70 yards.

Isaiah probably manages to catch

Isaiah Likely #80 of the Baltimore Ravens makes a reception against Darious Williams #31 of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Andrew Wingard #42 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the third quarter at EverBank Stadium on December 17, 2023 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

Lawrence fumbled twice in the loss. He totaled 264 passing yards and one touchdown pass. He was only fired once. He led the team with 41 rushing yards, despite dealing with a nagging ankle injury.

.Justin Madubuike fired Lawrence. He has 12 on the season.

Agnew had two catches for 70 yards. Zay Jones had five catches for 59 yards.

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Trevor Lawrence throws

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) passes against the Baltimore Ravens in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2023, in Jacksonville, Florida. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

With the win, the Ravens retained first place in the AFC with an 11-3 record. The team has a slight advantage over the Miami Dolphins, who are 10-4 after the team’s shutout victory over the New York Jets earlier today. No other team in the AFC has 10 wins.

The Ravens also have a two-game lead over the Cleveland Browns, who beat the Chicago Bears in overtime. Cleveland is 9-5 and the two teams split the season series.

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Jacksonville fell to 8-6 and found itself in a three-way tie for the AFC South lead with the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans. Jacksonville has one more divisional game on the schedule – Week 18 against the Tennessee Titans.

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