The Los Angeles Chargers and Baltimore Ravens faced off on Sunday Night Football, and the Ravens won, 20-10. With the win, the Ravens advanced to 9-3, and the Chargers dropped to 4-7.
The story of the game for both teams was turnovers. The winner gained them, and the loser gave them.
Los Angeles Chargers Turnovers
The Chargers had four total turnovers on the night, with one interception and three fumbles. On top of those four, they also turned the ball over on downs twice at the end of the game.
The game started with the Chargers leading 3-0 heading into the second quarter. That would be the only time they’d lead for the rest of the game.
The Chargers finished the first half with three straight turnovers, one of which led to Baltimore points. Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler both fumbled inside Los Angeles territory. Justin Herbert, on the other hand, threw his only interception on a last-second Hail Mary attempt. The Allen fumble led to a Justin Tucker field goal. This left it 10-7 at halftime.
The Ravens got the ball to start the second half, where they added another field goal. Meanwhile, the Chargers went scoreless in the third quarter.
The Chargers did, however, take a long drive into the fourth quarter. They went on a 19-play, 62-yard drive. Yet, they didn’t score a single point. Herbert was strip-sacked at the Baltimore 16-yard line by Jadeveon Clowney, marking the fourth turnover of the night.
The Chargers got the ball back with 11:23 left in the game and drove down on a seven-play drive topped off by a three-yard Gerald Everett touchdown, making the score 13-10.
The Ravens drove down the field, and Tucker missed a 44-yard field goal, giving the Chargers a chance to take the lead with 2:57 remaining in the game. They had a six-play drive ended by a Herbert intentional grounding on 4th-and-6 at the Baltimore 46-yard line.
When Baltimore got the ball back with a chance to end the game, they did. They essentially ended things with a 37-yard Zay Flowers rushing touchdown. The Chargers got it back down 10 but turned it over on fourth down.
“When you turnover the ball three times against the No. 1 team in the AFC, it’s gonna be tough to win,” said Brandon Staley postgame. This marked the third loss in a row for the Chargers, who have turned it over at least once in all three losses.
“We haven’t been executing, and it’s tough because the defense gets stops like that,” said Herbert.
On the Ravens’ side of things, their defense continued a strong season. “They set the tone; they finished the game,” said Lamar Jackson of his defense. The Ravens defense is ranked inside the top five in the NFL. “Overall, the defense effort was just tremendous,” said Ravens head coach John Harbaugh.
With the win, the Ravens head into their bye week first in the AFC, while the Chargers fall to 13th. The Chargers have the same number of wins as the New York Jets, New York Giants, Tennessee Titans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Washington Commanders. They would hold the No. 9 overall pick if the 2024 NFL Draft was this week.
The Chargers have six remaining games on their schedule, including all AFC opponents. They will face the New England Patriots, Denver Broncos (twice), Las Vegas Raiders, Buffalo Bills, and Kansas City Chiefs.
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