Baltimore Ravens 22-10 Los Angeles Chargers: Ravens defense dominates
Last Updated: 23/12/18 8:11am
The Baltimore Ravens defense lived up to the hype Saturday night, keeping the Los Angeles Chargers offense in check in a 22-10 road victory that improves their playoff chances.
The Ravens (9-6) held the Chargers to 73 yards of total offense in the first half and 198 for the game on their way to a fifth win in six games.
With the Chargers driving for a potential go-ahead score with less than three minutes remaining, Ravens linebacker Patrick Onwuasor forced a fumble off of veteran tight end Antonio Gates, and cornerback Tavon Young returned it 62 yards for a touchdown and a 22-10 lead.
Earlier, in the third quarter, Ravens rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson threw the longest touchdown pass of his brief NFL career, a 68-yarder to Mark Andrews which wrestled back the lead for Baltimore.
Andrews' touchdown, which gave the Ravens a 13-10 advantage, came two plays after the Chargers had edged ahead 10-6 following a one-yard touchdown run by Melvin Gordon, who was back after missing the previous three games with a knee injury.
The Ravens' defense sacked Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers four times and forced three turnovers as the Chargers (11-4) saw their four-game win streak come to an end.
Cornerback Brandon Carr set the tone for the Ravens defense early with an interception on the very first play of the game.
Ravens 3-0 Chargers: Justin Tucker 24-yard field goal
Ravens 6-0 Chargers: Tucker 35-yard field goal
Ravens 6-3 Chargers: Michael Badgley 38-yard field goal
Ravens 6-10 Chargers: Melvin Gordon one-yard touchdown run (Badgley extra point good)
Ravens 13-10 Chargers: Lamar Jackson 68-yard touchdown pass to Mark Andrews (Tucker extra point good)
Ravens 16-10 Chargers: Tucker 56-yard field goal
Ravens 22-10 Chargers: Tavon Young 62-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown
Game's key stats
|Passing||C/A Yds TD Int||Passing||C/A Yds TD Int|
|Lamar Jackson||12/22 204 1 0||Philip Rivers||23/37 181 0 2|
|Rushing||Att Yds TD||Rushing||Att Yds TD|
|Gus Edwards||14 92 0||Melvin Gordon||12 41 1|
|Lamar Jackson||13 39 0||Receiving||Rec Yds TD|
|Kenneth Dixon||8 28 0||Keenan Allen||5 58 0|
|Receiving||Rec Yds TD||Justin Jackson||7 47 0|
|Mark Andrews||2 83 1||Antonio Gates||3 21 0|
|John Brown||2 27 0||Melvin Gordon||3 13 0|
|Total yards||361||Total yards||198|