(WAVE) - A rookie quarterback lost his playoff debut and Twitter freaked out.
That’s pretty much the bottom line on Sunday’s AFC Wild Card game between the visiting Los Angeles Chargers and the Baltimore Ravens.
Though Baltimore was a three-point favorite at home, some people were smart enough to take the points belonging to the road team that was 3-0 in eastern time-zone games this year, including 2-0 in 1 p.m. games. We won’t say who, cough cough.
Led by rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson, used largely as a gadget in the season’s first half, Baltimore needed a shot in the arm around midseason when veteran quarterback Joe Flacco went down with an injury. Jackson came in and rallied the Ravens to six wins in their final seven games, turning a playoff outsider into a division champion.
But this offseason, NFL observers will remember Jackson, who turned just 22 on Monday, for his poor performance in the first three-and-a-half quarters of his first playoff game. Since his team lost, nobody will talk about the two touchdown drives he led in the game’s final minutes, putting his team in position to make a game-winning drive when it took over possession with 45 seconds left, trailing by six.
That’s because on the third play of the drive, Chargers linebacker Uchenna Nwosu poked the ball free from Jackson as he was getting ready to throw, sealing the game for the visitors.
And here’s what happened next on Twitter: