BALTIMORE — The Ravens routed the Dolphins, 56-19, to win the AFC North and clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
Here are the Game Balls
Quarterback Lamar Jackson
Jackson had another MVP-caliber performance. He was 18-for-21 for 321 yards with five touchdowns. He had a perfect 158.3 passer rating. “He played a perfect game in terms of the passing game,” coach John Harbaugh said. Jackson also had six carries for 35 yards. Jackson has the Ravens on the potential road to the Super Bowl. “We got to end the season the right way.”
Inside linebacker Roquan Smith
Smith was all over the field and made his first interception of the season, which helped set the tone for the game. He also finished with seven tables and two passes defensed. Smith is the leader of the defense and the players responded to the adversity of losing several key players in the secondary. “They got to come through the Bank and we’re going to be ready by any means necessary,” Smith said about the home-field advantage. “We want all the smoke.”
Tight end Isaiah Likely
On a fourth-and-5, Likely scored a 35-yard touchdown by running over several potential tacklers. He has played well in place of the injured Mark Andrews and has given the offense a boost. Likely finished with two catches for 42 yards. He has also done well as a blocker. “It’s a blessing, and finally, Mark [Andrews] was able to be on the sidelines,” Likely said. “It tells you all you want to know about him. Having him come out and show the love and working as hard as he is to get back, I’m not sure what words can describe it.”
Wide receiver Zay Flowers
Flowers continued his stellar rookie campaign and had three catches for 103 yards with a touchdown. Flowers does an exceptional job getting open and he is the favorite target for quarterback Lamar Jackson. Flowers has justified the Ravens using a first-round pick to grab from Boston College. Flowers also has 842 receiving yards, surpassing Torrey Smith’s record of 841 receiving yards from the 2011 season.
Safety Kyle Hamilton (knee) and cornerback Brandon Stephens (ankle) were inactive. Cornerback Marlon Humphrey had to leave the game in the first quarter with an injured calf. The Ravens’ secondary of cornerbacks Ronald Darby, Arthur Maulet, Rock Ya-Sin, and Daryl Worley showed the outstanding depth of the team. Safeties Geno Stone, Marcus Williams, and Andrew Adams provided solid support. Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was 22 of 38 for 237 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He was also sacked three times.