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Sunday, September 20, 2009
Wrap-up: Ravens 31, Chargers 26

By James Walker
ESPN.com


Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker


The final outcome Sunday came down to 250-pound linebacker Ray Lewis and 185-pound tailback Darren Sproles.

And when both stars collided, it was Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens that prevailed with a 31-26 victory over the San Diego Chargers.

The Chargers (1-1) tried to catch Baltimore by surprise on fourth down by running the lightning-quick Sproles up the middle. But a hard-charging Lewis easily read the play and punished Sproles in the backfield to seal the win.

Baltimore (2-0) is now in a very good spot in the AFC North to start the 2009 season. The Ravens are the only undefeated team in the division and will host the struggling Cleveland Browns (0-2) next week.

The Ravens have been overlooked by pundits all offseason despite advancing to last year’s AFC title game. But Sunday’s quality road victory against San Diego should open a lot of eyes around the league.