Baltimore Ravens Fall To L.A. Chargers In Wild Card Game

Florence Fletcher
January 7, 2019

The Ravens, led by rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson, won their previous meeting against the Chargers 22-10 during a home game in Week 16. Baltimore isn't going to feel sorry for the Chargers scheduling adversity.

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At that point, however, the magic ran out as Jackson was stripped by Uchenna Nwosu and the loose ball was recovered by Melvin Ingram to secure the Los Angeles victory.

The first half was dominated by Los Angeles' defense and special teams.

Melvin Gordon leads the Chargers backs with 175 carries for 885 yards and 10 touchdowns.

And he has plenty of weapons to work with besides Gordon.

What would Hunter Henry's impact be? The back end includes versatile, stud first-round All-Pro rookie safety Derwin James, All-Pro defensive back Desmond King and veteran cornerback Casey Hayward. Meanwhile, the Ravens were able to rally 361 total net yards behind 35 rush attempts- 13 of which came from quarterback Lamar Jackson.

He grabbed the opportunity.

And the first test is a stiff one: in Chicago against the Bears and arguably the best defence in the NFL.

On the Chargers' NEXT possession, the Ravens managed to alter a punt (it went 11 yards so it wasn't technically a block) and got the ball back in the Chargers territory.

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"So you think the Ravens are going to the Super Bowl?".

We should find out on Sunday.

Anthony Lynn's defense is pretty good, too, allowing just 20.6 points per game (good for eighth) and 333.7 yards per contest (ninth). They are 7-1 away from home this season.

But it's hard to pick against the Ravens, given how well they're playing and what they did to the Chargers just two weeks ago.

The Chargers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 playoff road games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 playoff games and 21-8-1 ATS in their last 30 road games. Besides LA, only Kansas City, who they lost to, finished the season with a winning record from those seven opponents.

The driver, based in the Ravens' hometown of Baltimore, was talking up the home team's chances in advance of the knockout tie.

This is the Chargers' first postseason appearance since the 2013 season, and second since 2010. Take the over at [2.02].

According to their injury report, the Chargers have one player, who is listed as out.

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