San Diego Chargers at Baltimore Ravens NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Andrew’s Week 13 NFL Breakdown and Analysis
November 30, 2014
Mixed in with the Week 13 Sunday schedule we had a clash of 7-4 teams when the Chargers made the cross-country trip to visit the Ravens. San Diego was coming off a three-point win over the Rams, while Baltimore beat the Saints by a touchdown on “Monday Night Football” in Week 12. Both teams needed a win, and this one came down to the wire.
Let’s take a closer look at the stats and key players from this matchup so we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll check out what’s in store for both teams in Week 14.
What Happened: There was all kinds of action in this game right from the very beginning, so if you left the room while the clock was running, you probably missed something big.
The scoring began on Torrey Smith’s 16-yard TD catch from Joe Flacco, then Justin Tucker would give the Ravens a 10-0 lead. As the first quarter was winding down, Keenan Allen and Philip Rivers hooked up for a 12-yard TD to get the Chargers back in it.
In the second, Tucker struck twice on a pair of field goals; one from 21 yards out and the other from 29. Nick Novak would return the favor on the other side with a booming 52-yarder as time ran out in the first half. At the break, it was 16-10 Ravens.
In the third, Novak connected on a 26-yard field goal to get his team to within three, but Smith and Flacco hooked up once again for a 10-yard TD later in the quarter.
Ryan Mathews got into the end zone with a 14-yard rush early in the fourth to get it back to a three-point game, but after a long drive Flacco punched it in from the one-yard line for a 30-20 lead.
The Chargers got a long drive of their own after that, capped by another TD for Allen, this one from 23 yards out. Tucker would kick a 31-yard field goal to put the Ravens back up by six, but San Diego was able to drive 80 yards in eight plays for a 1-yard Eddie Royal TD reception that ultimately sealed the game. The Chargers would take an exciting game by a score of 34-33.
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The Stars: Rivers was definitely on his game today. He went 34-for-45 for 383 yards, three touchdowns and just one interception. Allen was his main beneficiary, with 121 yards and two scores on 11 grabs. Eddie Royal got nine for 81 and a score of his own.
On the other side, Justin Forset had 124 total yards on 26 touches, while Torrey Smith posted 65 yards and two touchdowns on six grabs.
The Goats: Despite Baltimore out-rushing San Diego 125-64, the time of possession here was nearly identical. The Ravens simply couldn’t sustain drives, and couldn’t cap them off with touchdowns when they got into the red zone (they were 3-for-7 in that area).
Meanwhile, San Diego’s defense nearly shot themselves in the foot--they had no turnovers and no sacks. The offense coughed it up twice (one fumble; one pick).
Baltimore also registered 14 penalties for 98 yards, which really hurt them in some key situations.
Injuries: The Ravens came into this game relatively healthy, but the Chargers had some issues with Andrew Gachkar and Ryan Carrethers.
Outlook: Both teams will be back in action for Week 14 on Sunday, December 7. The Ravens will take their talents to South Beach to visit the Dolphins (1:00 PM ET on CBS) while the Chargers will get a primetime game when the Patriots come to town (8:30 PM ET on NBC).
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