The Baltimore Ravens’ defense put on a clinic in their 20-10 Week 12 road win against the Los Angeles Chargers, leaving quarterback Justin Herbert feeling like he had been transported back to his second career start in Week 3 of the 2020 season. The Chargers committed four turnovers on Sunday night, including an interception and a lost fumble by Herbert, and lost fumbles by Pro Bowl receiver Keenan Allen and running back Austin Ekeler. This was the Chargers’ first four-turnover game since Herbert’s second start, a 21-16 home loss against the Carolina Panthers. With a 9-3 record now, the Ravens are at the top of the AFC standings.
These turnovers all happened within five drives across the second, third, and fourth quarters, but the Ravens were only able to score three points off of them. The Chargers, who took an early lead with an opening drive, were unable to move the ball effectively for the rest of the first half, gaining just 38 yards in 14 plays. While the Ravens piled up yardage and Lamar Jackson was efficient with 12 of 18 passing for 115 yards and a touchdown, they only scored once on their first three possessions. The Ravens’ MVP finished with 177 passing yards and a passing touchdown, along with 39 rushing yards on 11 carries. They managed to score again at the end of the first half thanks to a fumble by Allen, setting up a field goal by Justin Tucker.
Baltimore extended their lead with another field goal by Tucker in the third quarter, making it 13-3 before Herbert found Everett for a touchdown to bring the Chargers within three. With the Ravens’ fourth-quarter lead reduced to just three points, all eyes were on Tucker as he lined up for a 44-yard field goal, but he missed. Despite this, the Chargers were unable to capitalize, and the Ravens sealed their victory with a 37-yard rushing touchdown by rookie wideout Zay Flowers.
The Ravens emerged victorious in the turnover battle, and Jackson played turnover-free football, which ultimately led to their win. Flowers’ standout performance was also crucial to their success, becoming the first Ravens rookie to score a receiving and rushing touchdown in the same game. On the other hand, the Chargers fell short once again, failing to capitalize on opportunities to tie or take the lead in the closing minutes of the game. Maulet’s blitz and hit on Herbert on fourth-and-6 was a turning point that ultimately favored the Ravens, securing their win.
Moving forward, the Ravens will enjoy their Week 13 bye and return home, while the Chargers will head to New England to face the Patriots in Week 13.
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