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A big break fizzles: The Ravens get a big break with a blocked punt, but Lamar Jackson's sprint to the 20-yard line in second place was marred by a holding penalty against Ronnie Stanley (who had everything he could command from Melvin Ingram) and helped the Drive to stop. Justin Tucker came into the game for a 50-yard field goal attempt and for the first time missed a postseason game.
Ravens cut the charger 12-3: Baltimore was picked up shortly after the start of the second half when Za & Darius Smith blocked a field trial by Michael Badgley. And there was another big lift when the Chargers' Virgil Green caught a pass that was stripped of ball and Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley picked him up and ran to the Chargers' 21-meter line. Thanks to the defensive efforts of Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa, the Ravens could not do much with the ownership and opted for Justin Tucker's 33-yard field goal.
Chargers bring 12: 0 in the half: Obviously, the loss of the Chargers to the Ravens two weeks ago gave some ideas as they thwarted Baltimore's offense and rattled rookie Lamar Jackson on the way to a 12-0 lead at halftime.
To be sure, this was a defensive battle with a total of 11 first downs in half, but the Chargers have had enough (eight) to get in position for Badgley to get all 12 points on the board. And the Raven's offense has a total of 69 yards (the Chargers have 129). Baltimore would not consider going to Joe Flacco in the second half, right? According to CBS Tracy Wolfson, Coach John Harbaugh did not answer directly when asked. He just said, "I will not answer that."
An incredibly sloppy start meant that the Ravens played from behind for one of the few times this season, reaching a deficit of more than eight points for the first time since Jackson became a starter. Jackson, the youngest player to start an NFL playoff game, was nervous. He fumbled the ball in the first series, but retrieved the ball and threw it away. The first piece of the second series was a repeat. But the next piece was more expensive. A Fumble by Kenneth Dixon – Baltimore's third fumble in his first eight snapshots – Adrian Phillips had regained the Chargers on the 15-year-old A Badgley field goal and a lead of three points with just under 7 minutes in the first quarter.
After the Ravens were forced to puncture, Desmond King started for a 33-yard return, but the Chargers had to settle for a field blow and a 6-0 lead on Badgley's 53-yard kick into a whirling wind. His 40-yard field-hit of just over 3 minutes in the second quarter raised the Chargers to 9-0 and his 35-yarder time, when time had run out in the first half, put L.A. 12-0.
Defenses determine the day so far and nothing goes off the raven. In their first six possessions, they had four first downs, four punts, a lost fumble and a catch from Phillips on a typed pass.
Melvin Gordon injured his other knee: Melvin Gordon, who had hit two players with his knee, ran back, left the game briefly, but returned with a clamp on his left knee. He carried one on his other knee.
Who are these masked men? The Ravens returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2014 and like the Colts & # 39; T.Y. Hilton on Saturday, they've created masks for this occasion (including a Guy Fawkes mask – Google it).
The Ravens defense will be without Cornerback Tavon Young, their top slot. He's officially inactive for a groin injury, so look for Brandon Carr and Anthony Levine Senior to catch up with Keenan Allen and the Chargers' recipients. The Ravens also brought out Ray Lewis for a little squirrel dance. Can not hurt
What's next: The Colts' victory against the Texans on Saturday night brings Indianapolis to the top seed chiefs on Saturday. The winners of the game must face the Patriots of the second choice at 13:05. next Sunday in England. No team played the Patriots during the regular season. Baltimore has played three play-off games in New England since the 2011 season and won twice.
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