Wrap-up: Ravens 16, Chargers 13, OT
November, 25, 2012
By Jamison Hensley | ESPN.com
My thoughts on the Baltimore Ravens' 16-13 overtime win at the San Diego Chargers:
What it means: Down 10 points (13-3) with 7:55 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Ravens rallied to win in overtime on Justin Tucker's 38-yard field goal. This was an important victory for the Ravens (9-2), who increased their stronghold on the AFC North. They're now three games ahead of the Steelers and Bengals with five weeks remaining. For a team that hasn't played its best on the road, Baltimore improved to 4-2 away from home. This was the Ravens' fourth straight win since that debacle in Houston.
Big-play Ray: The Ravens wouldn't have sent the game into overtime without running back Ray Rice. On fourth down-and-29 with 1:59 remaining, Rice took a short pass and made four Chargers defenders miss to convert the first down. Six plays later, Tucker hit a 38-yarder to tie the game as regulation ended.
Sizzling second act: Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco had another rough start on the road, completing 8 of 16 passes for 59 yards in the first half. After halftime, Flacco was 22-of-35 for 296 yards. His four-yard touchdown pass to Dennis Pitta brought the Ravens to within 13-10 in the fourth quarter and his 31-yard toss to Torrey Smith on third-and-10 set up the winning field goal in overtime.
Pressuring Rivers: The Ravens recorded a season-best six sacks on Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. It was a team effort as five players had one sack (Art Jones was the only one with multiple ones). Baltimore hasn't had more than four sacks in a game this season.
Another winner for Tucker: This marked the second winning field goal for Tucker, an undrafted rookie. His first came against the Patriots two months ago. Tucker was 3-for-3 at San Diego, converting from 43, 38 and 38 yards.
Stretching the field with Smith: The Ravens went deep to wide receiver Torrey Smith, who had 144 yards on seven receptions. That's an average of 20.6 yards per catch. It's the fourth time in Smith's career that he had more than 100 yards receiving.
What's next: The Ravens return home to face the Pittsburgh Steelers, who turned the ball over eight times in a loss at the Cleveland Browns.