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Rapid Reaction: Ravens 31, Chargers 26

9/20/2009

Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

SAN DIEGO – In the end, Darren Sproles had no chance.

The Chargers fought and scrapped all game. But the game ended with future Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis engulfing the tiny Sproles on a fourth-and-two deep in Baltimore’s territory in the final seconds. Lewis smelled out the call and blew right through San Diego’s line.

So, on a day when Philip Rivers threw for a career-high 436 yards, the Chargers lost on a running play.

The Chargers played undermanned all game. They played without 40 percent of their offensive line, star tailback LaDainian Tomlinson and star defensive tackle Jamal Williams, who is out for the season.

San Diego fell behind by 12 points, but it fought back and it was on the verge of winning its second straight comeback game in six days.

But the Chargers couldn’t make the final play.

With all of its injuries, San Diego may have to fight all season long. Sunday, it just didn’t have enough fight to finish another comeback.