There have been several very surprising upsets in the history of the NFL playoffs. However, the Tennessee Titans going into Baltimore and thoroughly dominating a Ravens team that had a 14-2 regular season record has to be at the top of historic playoff upsets. Even the most optimistic of NFL fans did not expect the Titans to beat the Ravens, let alone dominate the game and win it easily. The Titans had barely made the playoffs. They qualified for the playoffs on the last day of the regular season with a very unimpressive 9-7 record.
The Titans have not been playing like a 9-7 team since the playoffs began. Their first task was a daunting one. They had to go into the lion’s den of Foxboro and take on the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. That game went very well for Tennessee. They were able to dominate Tom Brady and the Patriots and advance to the next round of the playoffs. Needless to say, they were not expected to be much of a challenge for the Patriots. However, none of the supposed experts foresaw Titans running back Derrick Henry exploding for almost 200 rushing yards.
The Titans road to the Super Bowl got even more difficult this week with a trip to Baltimore. The Ravens had an offense that broke many NFL records this season. They were the first team in the history of the NFL to average 200 rushing yards and 200 receiving yards for each game that they played. Ravens QB Lamar Jackson became the first player at his position to ever rush for over 1,000 yards and pass for over 3,000 yards in the same season. It goes without saying that there were not many people who placed heavy wagers on the Titans to win their game against Baltimore.
The Titans routed the Ravens 28-12 on Saturday. It was one of the most unexpected NFL scores in a very long time. This game is proof that any team is capable of pulling off a huge upset. There have been many theories thrown around by pundits as to why the Ravens played so poorly. A popular theory has to do with the fact that Lamar Jackson and several other key players on the Ravens had not played since week 16. That was three weeks ago. It is possible that having a very long layoff led to the team not being as sharp as it was before.