The Los Angeles Chargers played host to the Baltimore Ravens in primetime NFL action (November 27).
With the playoff race taking shape and the Chargers in a difficult division that includes the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs and the Denver Broncos, who both registered wins earlier in the day, the Chargers had a must-win situation at home if they were to remain in the hunt for a potential playoff berth.
They had a positive start to the game with a 69-yard drive that culminated in a made field goal from 39 yards.
The defences of both teams would get stops and forced punts on the next possessions and the home team would score the only points of the opening frame.
The second quarter opened on a Baltimore drive and the quarterback Lamar Jackson led his offense down the field for 88 yards and Zay Flowers caught a short pass and rushed into the end zone to put the visitors on the board and up 7 – 3.
After forcing a punt and a fumble on the next two offensive possessions for the Chargers, the defence for LA made an incredible stand and stopped the Ravens from getting into the end zone with a very short field.
The Ravens had to settle for a 42-yard field goal and stretched their lead by three points.
There was enough time for a Hail Mary to end the half but that ended with an interception on the goal line to make sure the Chargers would have no further scoring for the half.
The teams went into the locker room at 10 – 3 in favour of the Ravens.
The Ravens would have the only points of the third quarter with another made field goal, this time from 48 yards and the visitors went into the final quarter up by two scores.
Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert led the first positive drive for the Chargers in two quarters with a 60-yard, 8-play possession which saw the Chargers take big chunks of yardage down the field.
The possession would end with a short pass to Gerald Everett for a touchdown, and the Chargers had cut the Ravens’ lead to three points.
The Chargers were given even more hope when the Ravens’ kicker, previously perfect all night, missed a field goal on the ensuing possession and gave the Chargers a chance to take the lead with a successful drive.
However, the defense of the Ravens would come up clutch and force a turnover on downs and gave their offense a very short field.
It took the offence a mere 18 seconds and 4 plays to get 44 yards and Flowers would catch the ball in the end zone for another touchdown of the night for the wide receiver.
That would be the final score of the game and the Ravens would win 10 – 20 on the road.
The Ravens remain atop the AFC North at 9 – 3, while the Chargers are now in a deep hole at the bottom of the AFC West.
The Ravens next play host to the LA Rams in Baltimore, while the Chargers face off against another struggling team, the New England Patriots in Foxborough.