Week 15 - Chargers 36 Ravens 31

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  1. SteamboatReb

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    In Week 15, the Chargers took a giant step towards the playoffs with a dramatic 36-31 win at home against the Ravens. For the past two weeks, the "Cardiac" Chargers overcame a first half deficit and dominated the second half to snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat. However, the previous two comeback wins pale in comparison to the drama that played out against the Ravens in San Diego.

    The Ravens dominated every aspect of the game in the first half, with Lee Evans scoring on a 86 yard TD bomb, Felix Jones adding a 3 yard TD scamper, Carr taking an interception back for 6, and Cundiff adding a FG early on. At the half, the Ravens led 24-0. The boo-birds came out, and it appeared that both the Charger's playoff hopes and will to compete had been annihilated by the Raven's first half performance. But as a wise sage once said, "It ain't over till its over."

    The Chargers finally answered the bell in the third quarter and played a near perfect quarter of football. Rivers capped a clockwork drive to open the third quarter with a 38 yard TD strike to rookie WR Brown. On the ensuing possession, the Chargers defense forced a punt and the offense picked up where it left off. With two minutes remaining in the third quarter, Ryan Mathews added an exclamation point to a methodical drive with a 6 yard TD run. Hope, and more importantly, excitement, found their way into the stands in San Diego, and the Chargers defense responded with the play that changed the game. With a minute and change remaining in the third, Marcus Gilchrist jumped a pass intended for Ravens TE Dixon, secured the pick and raced 40 yards for yet another Charger TD. At the end of three, the Chargers were right back in the game trailing the Ravens by only three points at 24-21.

    The Chargers were able to force an early fourth quarter punt from the Ravens and added their 27th unanswered point to scoreboard when Rivers found Laurent Robinson streaking uncovered down teh left seam for a 60 yard score. After the conversion, the Chargers found themselves ahead for the first time with 4 minutes remaining by a score of 28-24. However, while the Ravens were down, they were not out. The Ravens mustered a response and once again dashed the hopes of the Chargers when the Ravens added a TD reception by Torrey Smith which put them back on top 31-28 with a mere minute and half left on the clock.

    The Ravens were not able to enjoy the lead for very long, as the Chargers quickly moved down the field and scored as Rivers found Antonio Gates open deep for a 26 yard TD pass and regained the lead with the score at 34-31. Two plays later, the game appeared to be over when the Chargers intercepted a pass. The Chargers needed to gain just one first down to close the game out. On the second play of the drive, Rivers took a vicious hit and fumbled the ball. The loose ball was recovered by the defense, and the Ravens quickly moved the ball into the redzone only to run out of gas and eventually turned the ball over to the Chargers. Deep in Raven territory, the Chargers found themselves again in need of a first down to seal the game, and yet again, the Chargers were unable to close the game out when Ryan Mathews fumbled after taking a solid lick by a Ravens Defender.

    Unlike the offense, the Charger's defense was able to step up and make the plays that cemented the victory. Following two disastrous negative plays, the defense scored a safety on a sack in the endzone to extend their lead to 36-31 with ten ticks remaining. The Chargers were able to field the free kick cleanly and ran the clock out when Rivers kneeled the ball on the last play of the game.

    The Chargers win, coupled with Jacksonville's loss to Atlanta, has placed San Diego firmly in control of their own fate. If San Diego wins their remaining two contests, they will reach the playoffs.
     
  2. biggcoug65

    biggcoug65 49er for Life

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    beat the spread by half a point too! nice win.
     
  3. SteamboatReb

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    Didn't even notice that. You are getting scary dialed in on a lot these games. lol. thanks!
     
  4. YouLightWork

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    great game glad i could be a apart of it, i'll need a sub next game hopefully you can return the favor
     
  5. SteamboatReb

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    Anytime dude! I rate that game as the most exciting to this point in my brief TSO career. Had a playoff feel to it.
     

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