Chargers Defeat Baltimore Ravens, Will Play New England Next Week

Chargers defeat Ravens to advance to next week's divisional playoffs

The Los Angeles Chargers will continue their journey in the post-season after they were able to defeat the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, taking home the win in the AFC Wild Card Game. The Charger's 23-17 victory during the opening round of the NFL playoffs means they'll face the New England Patriots (11-5) in New England.

Melvin Gordon ran for 40 yards and a score while Michael Badgley set a franchise record for the Chargers as he kicked five field goals, connecting from the 21, 53, 40, 34 and 47-yard lines. 

“He was really great today,” quarterback Phillip Rivers told reporters after the game. “He made some tough kicks.”

Rivers, who will face Tom Brady next Sunday in Foxboro, Massachusetts, threw for 160-yards, completinig 22 of 32 passes with no scores. 

The Chargers appeared to run away with the game during the first three quarters, building a 23-3 lead in the fourth quarter. Baltimore's rookie quarterback, Lamar Jackson, responded in the fourth quarter with two touchdown passes, but fumbled the ball on a drive during the final seconds that could have tied or won the game. 

“We just played like we didn't want to be here,” Jackson said. “I did, not my team. I feel like I played poorly. I feel like there were a lot of things we could have done, I could have done, I feel, (to) put us in a better situation.”

The game was a rematch for the Chargers who lost to the Ravens 22-10 two weeks ago. 

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