Had the games turned out differently, the Saints would have had to take on a Seattle team led by veteran quarterback Russell Wilson while the Rams would have had to take on Chicago and the best defense in the National Football League this season.
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All quarterbacks - especially rookies - struggle in their first postseason start. During the halftime break, The NFL Today crew weighed in with Boomer Esiason saying that Harbaugh should replace Jackson with Flacco if he continued to play that way in the third quarter. Despite the bad performance and chanting from Ravens fans, John Harbaugh chose to stick it out with Jackson. Flacco is likely not long for the team, while cornerback Jimmy Smith was in his second year with the Ravens when they won it all.
Still, riding with Jackson for the future is probably the better call. One day before his 22 birthday he played nervous. It would be easier for Baltimore to cut ties after next season but a potential $16 million cap hit if he's released this offseason is better than the $26.5 million it would cost to keep him on the roster. If you're planning on watching the games, here's how you can do it.
Harbaugh continues protecting offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who remained committed to a rushing attack the Chargers adjusted for after seeing it previously. Head coach Anthony Lynn said Thursday that no decision had been made, and the tight end would be on a pitch count if he played. Mornhinweg had no answers to help the rookie quarterback succeed. L.A. was daring Jackson and the Ravens to beat them passing. Rivers wasn't flawless - he threw two interceptions, knocking his passer rating down from a possible 110.9 to 89.0 - but he led the Chargers to out-score the Chiefs 15-7 in the fourth quarter to edge them out for the W. Rivers threw the eventual game-winning touchdown and ballsy two-point conversion to Mike Williams with just eight seconds left in the game to snatch the win.
Teams don't win championships organizations do. The Ravens then found the end zone twice and attempted to make a spirited comeback, but it was too little too late.