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Ravens QB Lamar Jackson ready for ‘heavyweight fight’ with Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes

Baltimore Ravens star quarterback Lamar Jackson is a win away from taking the franchise back to the Super Bowl in more than a decade.

Standing in the way on that path is the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs led by Patrick Mahomes.

In the days ahead of their fifth-ever playoff meeting, Jackson voiced his expectation for an intense battle in the AFC Championship Game.

“He’s a great quarterback. [He’s] definitely a Hall of Famer. It’s a no-brainer,” Jackson said via ESPN. “I believe [it’s] just two greats — up-and-coming greats — just going toe-to-toe, like a heavyweight fight.”

Mahomes has beaten Jackson in three of their previous four meetings, which is the most losses the Ravens quarterback has suffered against any quarterback.

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The marquee matchup goes well beyond having two of the league’s best players squaring off against each other. It will be the first time that two regular-season MVPs under the age of 30 will face off in the playoffs.

With that stage set, Jackson is ready to dethrone Mahomes and the Chiefs to get a chance to compete for the ultimate prize.

“To be a champion, you’ve got to go through a champion,” Jackson said. “So, that’s pretty much the mindset.”

Mahomes has led the Chiefs to a pair of wins, first handling the Miami Dolphins 26-7 in the wildcard round and then edging past the Buffalo Bills 27-24 in the divisional round.

Meanwhile, Jackson guided the Ravens comfortably over the Houston Texans 34-10 in the divisional round.

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