Photo credit: Patrick Smith
Author: Jon Kuzma
What a difference a couple of weeks can make. When the Ravens and Chargers met in their first match up three days before Christmas. Lamar Jackson had a way better game than Philip Rivers and Los Angeles struggled to produce any offense. In the playoffs it was the exact opposite. The Chargers used their safeties as linebackers to put a faster defense on the field and that helped contain Jackson. Baltimore’s offense was so nonexistent that their home crowd was demanding that Joe Flacco come into the game. Proving that Los Angeles’ coaching staff had a great strategy and it just goes to show how much a couple adjustments can completely change the outcome. Now the Ravens did start to comeback in the fourth quarter but by then it was too late. Believe it or not Michael Badgley was one of the most important players for either side. The Chargers kicker nailed all five of his field goal attempts and gave LA 15 points all by himself. Melvin Gordon also scored a clutch touchdown in the second half and the Ravens were always playing catch-up. Lamar Jackson ended up airing it out for 2 touchdowns in the 4th quarter and both of those TDs went to Michael Crabtree. Then of course there was the star of the show for the Bolts and that was hands down Melvin Ingram. Ingram recorded 7 tackles, 2 sacks, and 2 TFLs. Adrian Phillips also recorded 5 tackles and 1 interception. The Ravens were led by Patrick Onwuasor who had 7 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble and 2 TFLs. Matthew Judon had 4 tackles and 2 TFLs as well but Los Angeles just made more plays. Philip Rivers finally has a team that can help him compete in the postseason but he has to play better if the Chargers hope to beat the Patriots in the divisional round. Rivers was an MVP candidate earlier in the season but lately he’s cooled off throwing 1 touchdown and 4 interceptions in his last four games.
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