Torrid Ravens get jump on Giants, roll to easy 27-13 victory

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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson looks to throw a pass against the New York Giants during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

BALTIMORE (AP) — Lamar Jackson directed four scoring drives during the decisive first half, and the surging Baltimore Ravens beat the New York Giants 27-13 Sunday to gain control of their own fate in the AFC playoff chase.

Baltimore’s fourth straight victory, combined with Pittsburgh’s win over Indianapolis, lifted the Ravens past the Colts in the AFC wild-card hunt. With a victory in Cincinnati next week, the Ravens (10-5) will earn a playoff berth for the third year in a row.

The Giants (5-10) lost their third straight and were left with only a miniscule chance of making the postseason.

Jackson guided the Ravens to touchdowns on their first two possessions, then took them into field-goal position on his next two drives for a 20-3 halftime lead.

That was more than enough to defeat a struggling Giants team that totaled only 13 points in its previous two games and has scored just two touchdowns over the past three weeks.

Daniel Jones started at quarterback for New York after missing two of the past three games with hamstring and ankle injuries. His passing numbers — 24 for 41 for 252 yards — were reflective of the heavy pressure he received from Baltimore’s relentless rush.

The Ravens had six sacks, and Jones was flushed out of the pocket on several other occasions.

Jackson, the reigning NFL MVP, completed 17 of 26 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 80 yards as part of a rushing attack that eclipsed 100 yards for the 38th consecutive game.

Gus Edwards rushed for 85 yards and rookie J.K. Dobbins gained 77 yards on the ground before leaving with a chest injury.

The Ravens opened the game with an 82-yard drive that consumed more than eight minutes and ended with a 6-yard touchdown pass from Jackson to Marquise Brown.

New York’s first possession went quite differently. The Giants twice jumped offside and Jones nearly threw an interception during a three-and-out.

Baltimore then moved 65 yards in 10 plays, going up 14-0 on a 2-yard touchdown run by Dobbins — his fifth straight game with a score.

For an encore, Jackson directed a 13-play drive that chewed up another eight-plus minutes before Justin Tucker kicked a short field goal for a 17-0 lead.

The Ravens cruised through the second half, taking a 27-6 lead early in the fourth quarter on an 8-yard touchdown catch by Dez Bryant.

STAT PACK

Giants K Graham Gano tied a franchise record with his 29th consecutive successful field goal try. … Jackson is 10-0 lifetime as a starter against NFC teams. … Baltimore is 13-2 in December since the start of the 2018 season, and Jackson is 12-1 in the month with 11 straight wins.

GARRETT BACK

Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett was released from COVID-19 protocol Saturday and took the train to Baltimore with the team. After missing last week’s game, Garrett watched from the sideline while the Giants tried to get back on track following a stretch in which they scored one touchdown in two games.

INJURIES

Giants: WR Golden Tate was inactive with a calf injury.

Ravens: C Patrick Mekari left with a back injury . … CBs Marcus Peters (calf) and Jimmy Smith (shoulder) were inactive.

UP NEXT

The Giants close the regular season at home against Dallas on Sunday.

The Ravens head to Cincinnati on Sunday looking to complete a sweep of the Bengals, who they beat 27-3 in October.

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