End of an era? Joe Flacco officially benched as Ravens QB

When the Baltimore Ravens drafted quarterback Lamar Jackson in the first round, everyone knew the page would be turned from Joe Flacco era. We just didn’t know when.

It’s official. Lamar Jackson got the chance to start four games when Flacco dealt with a hip injury, and Jackson will keep the job even though Flacco is ready to return.

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Ravens coach John Harbaugh announced that Jackson is the Ravens starting quarterback and Flacco will back him up in a matter-of-fact way Wednesday. That’s just how it goes in the NFL. Flacco has been the Ravens’ full-time starter since 2008, and the team has won 10 playoff games with him including a Super Bowl.

Then, suddenly, it’s just done.

Joe Flacco handles the news well

There is a scenario in which Flacco could start again. Jackson has taken a lot of punishment in an offense centered around his running ability. Maybe he just struggles in the next week or two. Harbaugh hinted at Flacco having “a role” down the stretch.

It’s also possible Flacco never plays another snap for the Ravens. He has a $26.5 million cap hit next season, so it seems clear he won’t be back unless something odd happens the rest of this season.

Flacco addressed the media on Wednesday, which had to be difficult. He talked about being disappointed but promised to stay ready, saying he’d be doing his team a disservice if he didn’t prepare the same way he always has. He handled it as well as one could after losing a job he has had since 2008.

“It’s part of the game, man,” Flacco said.

There was chatter about Flacco’s reaction to Jackson being drafted, but on the day he was officially benched, Flacco praised the rookie.

“I think he’s done a great job,” Flacco said. “I’m really happy for what he’s been able to go out there and do.”

Harbaugh said: “Joe is a pro. He’s got class. He’s got complete respect in the locker room.”

Look back at Jackson's Heisman win: 

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NEW YORK CITY, NY - DECEMBER 10: 2016 Heisman Trophy finalist University of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson (4) answers questions during the 81st Annual Heisman Trophy press conference on December 10, 2016, at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 10: A detail of Lamar Jackson of the Louisville Cardinals during a press conference prior to the 2016 Heisman Trophy Presentation at the Marriott Marquis on December 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - OCTOBER 22: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Louisville Cardinals runs drills before the game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CHESTNUT HILL, MA - NOVEMBER 05: Lamar Jackson #8 of Louisville reacts following a game against Boston College at Alumni Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
October 1, 2016: Louisvilles quarterback Lamar Jackson getting off the bus and entering Death Valley during pre-game between the Clemson Tigers and the Louisville Cardinals at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, SC. (photo by Doug Buffington/ Icon Sportswire).
CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 01: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Louisville Cardinals speaks with his mother after his teams defeat to the Clemson Tigers at Memorial Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Clemson, South Carolina. The Clemson Tigers defeated the Louisville Cardinals 42-36. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Sep 17, 2016; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs the ball against the Florida State Seminoles during the second half at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Louisville defeated Florida State 63-20. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 5, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) prepares to make a pass during the second quarter against the Boston College Eagles at Boston College at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
LOUISVILLE, KY - SEPTEMBER 17: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Louisville Cardinals celebrates after a Louisville touchdown during the game against the Florida State Seminoles at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 12: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Louisville Cardinals runs with the ball during the game against the Wake Forest Deamon Deacons at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - SEPTEMBER 17: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Louisville Cardinals celebrates with Jamari Staples #2 after he ran for a touchdown against the Florida State Seminoles at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Ravens move forward with Lamar Jackson

The decision, as Harbaugh said, was based on “what makes us the strongest possible team.” Baltimore is 3-1 with Jackson, and the loss came in overtime at an 11-2 Chiefs team. The offense with Jackson is unconventional, but it has been working pretty well. Jackson has helped Baltimore get right back in the playoff hunt.

Wednesday’s announcement was more than just what was best for the next three games though. It wasn’t totally unexpected, but it still is a bit shocking to think Flacco is likely done for good as the Ravens starting quarterback. Weird things happen in the NFL so nothing can be ruled out, but most likely the end of a very successful era happened in Baltimore when Harbaugh gave Jackson the starting job.

Flacco will be remembered fondly in Baltimore for a long time, thanks to his playoff success and the championship. But the NFL doesn’t have time for sentimentality during a season. It moves fast.

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) can't make the catch against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 16: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants fumbles the ball as he is wrapped up by Kamalei Correa #44 of the Tennessee Titans during the second half at MetLife Stadium on December 16, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - DECEMBER 13: Cornerback Kendall Fuller #23 of the Kansas City Chiefs breaks up a pass intended for wide receiver Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the game at Arrowhead Stadium on December 13, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 10: Shaquill Griffin #26 of the Seattle Seahawks breaks up a catch by Stefon Diggs #14 of the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field on December 10, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 09: Darius Slay #23 of the Detroit Lions catches the ball intended for Trent Sherfield #16 of the Arizona Cardinals then runs the ball 67 yards for a touchdown in the second half of NFL game at State Farm Stadium on December 09, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 09: Running back Doug Martin #28 of the Oakland Raiders dives for and scores a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at O.co Coliseum on December 9, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
New Orleans Saints' Michael Thomas (13) and Carolina Panthers' James Bradberry (24) grab each other's face masks in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, left, is hit after passing by San Francisco 49ers linebacker Fred Warner, right, and linebacker Elijah Lee, bottom, during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) is sacked by Atlanta Falcons defensive end Bruce Irvin (52) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Danny Karnik)
Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake (32) runs for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Dolphins defeated the Patriots 34-33. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Breshad Perriman make a touchdown catch as Denver Broncos defensive back Tramaine Brock (22) and defensive back Dymonte Thomas (35) defend during the first half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Kansas City Chiefs corner back Kendall Fuller, lower right, is called for pass interference against Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (81) during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. The call gave the Chargers a first-and-goal on the one-yard-line. The Los Angeles Chargers won 29-28. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 02: Zach Cunningham #41 of the Houston Texans intercepts Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns for a touchdown in the second quarter at NRG Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - DECEMBER 02: Saquon Barkley #26 of the New York Giants leaps over Adrian Amos #38 of the Chicago Bears for extra yardage during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium on December 02, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 25: Trae Waynes #26 of the Minnesota Vikings breaks up a pass to Marquez Valdes-Scantling #83 of the Green Bay Packers in the first quarter of the game at U.S. Bank Stadium on November 25, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 25: Carlos Hyde #34 of the Jacksonville Jaguars grabs the face mask of Star Lotulelei #98 of the Buffalo Bills as both teams scuffle during the third quarter at New Era Field on November 25, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo defeats Jacksonville 24-21. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - NOVEMBER 25: Kenyan Drake #32 of the Miami Dolphins runs for a touchdown in the game against the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 25, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 25: Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders #10 of the Denver Broncos leads a celebration in the end zone after a second quarter Denver Broncos touchdown catch by tight end Matt LaCosse #83 during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on November 25, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 25: Sony Michel #26 of the New England Patriots stiff arms Darryl Roberts #27 of the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium on November 25, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Arizona Cardinals walk out to the field ahead of the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 25: Denzel Ward #21 of the Cleveland Browns attempts to tackle Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on November 25, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 25: The New York Jets take the field prior to the game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium on November 25, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 25: Chris Carson #32 of the Seattle Seahawks runs the ball against Eric Reid #25 and Thomas Davis #58 of the Carolina Panthers in the third quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 25, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 25: Nick Chubb #24 of the Cleveland Browns catches a pass for a touchdown over the defense of Brandon Wilson #40 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on November 25, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Quarterback Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams celebrates his touchdown on a seven yard rush by dunking the football between the goal posts during the third quarter of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 19, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 18: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers dives for the go-ahead touchdown during the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on November 18, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 18: Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons reacts after pulling in a touchdown reception against the Dallas Cowboys at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 18, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 18: Vance McDonald #89 of the Pittsburgh Steelers catches an 11-yard reception for a touchdown over Telvin Smith #50 of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth quarter on November 18, 2018 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. The Steelers won 20-16. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 11: Austin Hooper #81 of the Atlanta Falcons flies through the air after being tackled by Jamie Collins #51 of the Cleveland Browns in the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 11, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - NOVEMBER 04: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks to pass the ball as his jersey is grabbed by Lawrence Guy #93 of the New England Patriots during the second half at Gillette Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 04: Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers attempts to make a catch while being guarded by Shaquill Griffin #26 of the Seattle Seahawks in the second quarter at CenturyLink Field on November 04, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 04: Christian McCaffrey #22 of the Carolina Panthers runs the ball against Carlton Davis #33 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 25: DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Houston Texans catches a pass defended by Xavien Howard #25 of the Miami Dolphins in the third quarter at NRG Stadium on October 25, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 21: Chandler Catanzaro #7 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicks the game winning field goal in overtime during a game against the Cleveland Browns at Raymond James Stadium on October 21, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Denzel Perryman #52 of the Los Angeles Chargers helmut comes off after he tackles Dion Lewis #33 of the Tennessee Titans during the NFL International Series game between Tennessee Titans and Los Angeles Chargers at Wembley Stadium on October 21, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 18: Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders #10 of the Denver Broncos flips in to the end zone after catching a 64-yard pass during the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on October 18, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 14: Danny Amendola #80 of the Miami Dolphins is flipped by Leonard Floyd #94 and Roquan Smith #58 of the Chicago Bears in the first quarter of the game at Hard Rock Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 07: James Conner #30 of the Pittsburgh Steelers dives into the end zone for a 1 yard touchdown in the first quarter during the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Heinz Field on October 7, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - OCTOBER 04: Eric Ebron #85 of the Indianapolis Colts is tackled by Patrick Chung #23 and Dont'a Hightower #54 of the New England Patriots during the first half at Gillette Stadium on October 4, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 30: Wide receiver Chad Williams #10 of the Arizona Cardinals falls out of bounds during the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at State Farm Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 30: Nyheim Hines #21 of the Indianapolis Colts catches the ball in the 3rd quarter against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams (16) makes a catch over Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Coty Sensabaugh (24) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods, defended by Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay (23), makes a catch during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Carolina Panthers' Christian McCaffrey (22) avoids the tackle of Seattle Seahawks' Tedric Thompson (33) during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek)
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette, top, dives over the Pittsburgh Steelers defense, including Jordan Dangerfield (37) and Anthony Chickillo (56), to score a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)
Miami Dolphins' Reshad Jones stops Green Bay Packers' Lance Kendricks during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) sits on the turf after being sacked by the Tennessee Titans in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Denver Broncos running back Devontae Booker (23) fumbles the football as Houston Texans strong safety Justin Reid (20) looks on during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Denver. Reid recovered the ball. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Justin Evans (21) grabs the face mask of Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton (1) in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) dives for a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the second half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton (1) runs for a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens' Terrell Suggs (55) in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki (86) leaps over Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23), during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)
Cleveland Browns defensive back Damarious Randall (23) attempts to tackle Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (28) in the second half during an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
Seattle Seahawks running back Mike Davis (27), left, escapes the clutches of Oakland Raiders linebacker Tahir Whitehead (59) during the first half of an NFL football game at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates after he broke the NFL all-time passing yards record in the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in New Orleans, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Minnesota Vikings' Adam Thielen (19) catches a touchdown against Philadelphia Eagles' Ronald Darby (21) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) is tackled by Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith (50) during the first half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
Carolina Panthers' Colin Jones (42) recovers a New York Giants fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek)
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles, left, is hit by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston, right, after throwing a pass during the first half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton (14) can't make the catch as Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Orlando Scandrick (22) breaks up the pass during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard, left, tackles Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, left, runs to celebrate with tight end Ryan Hewitt (45) after they teamed up on a 1-yard touchdown pass against the Tennessee Titans in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku, left, is unable to hold onto a catch on a pass attempt as he is pressured by Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey in the end zone in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen, left, makes a leaping catch just outside the end zone as Denver Broncos defensive back Tramaine Brock (22) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Jeff Driskel, bottom, loses the ball as he is hit by Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt (90) and linebacker L.J. Fort (54) in the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Pittsburgh. Driskel recovered the fumble. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Charvarius Ward (35) breaks up a pass intended for Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jordy Nelson (82) during the first half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) pulls in a 5-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Mohamed Sanu during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)
Oakland Raiders tight end Darren Waller (83) runs against Denver Broncos outside linebacker Bradley Chubb during the first half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)
Chicago Bears tight end Trey Burton (80) falls forward in front of San Francisco 49ers cornerback D.J. Reed Jr. during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Jacquizz Rodgers (32) is stopped on a run by Dallas Cowboys cornerback Jourdan Lewis (27) and defensive tackle Antwaun Woods (99) in the first half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
Green Bay Packers' J'Mon Moore (82) is tackled by New York Jets kicker Jason Myers, bottom, while trying to return a kickoff by Myers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - DECEMBER 23: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots dives for the end zone to score a 32-yard receiving touchdown during the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 23: Jalen Tolliver #17 of the Arizona Cardinals reaches for a pass in front of Aqib Talib #21 of the Los Angeles Rams in the first half at State Farm Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - DECEMBER 23: Ryan Grant #11 of the Indianapolis Colts attempts to catch a pass in the game against Janoris Jenkins #20 of the New York Giants at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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