Lamar Jackson became the second player to ever unanimously win the MVP award in his sophomore year in the NFL. He also led the league in passing touchdowns and broke Michael Vick's single-season rushing record.
But there's one glaring hole in the Baltimore Ravens quarterback's impressive resume: an 0-2 playoff record. Avenging those immediate postseason exits has apparently been on Jackson's mind this offseason.
"I think about it a lot, to be honest with you," Jackson told Peter King of NBC Sports. "That's where I wanna be. That's when everything gets ... crucial. It's tough. I remember (former NFL running back) LeGarrette Blount DM'd me on Instagram. He was like, 'You know, playoffs is different from regular season.' I'm like, 'Nah.' But it is, because it's win or go home. And I'm tired of going home. I just can't wait to get back in that same spot and perform at a whole 'nother level."
Jackson and the Ravens suffered a stunning double-digit loss to the Tennessee Titans in the divisional round last season after earning the No. 1 seed with an NFL-best 14-2 record. The year prior, the AFC North club was bounced by the Los Angeles Chargers in the wild-card round.
The 23-year-old's postseason stats pale in comparison to his regular-season performances.
In his two playoff starts, Jackson threw three touchdowns against three interceptions, completed just 51.1% of his passes, and was sacked 11 times. He racked up 77 rushing yards but failed to find the end zone on the ground and lost two fumbles.
"I just want to get back to that situation so I can perform different," Jackson said. "Just put it on my shoulders and go from there. I gotta fight to get back to that situation. It's gonna be a different result this time."