Don't count out the San Diego Chargers in the AFC West race just yet. They are now on a three-game winning streak after defeating the Baltimore Ravens, 34-17, on Sunday Night Football. Arguably, the Ravens were the No. 2 team in the NFL entering this week. Had the Denver Broncos taken care of the New England Patriots on Sunday, three of the top teams in league would have been dealt losses, the Kansas City Chiefs defeating the Green Bay Packers early in the day.
The Ravens and Chargers had been tied at seven early in the second period, but San Diego kept increasing its lead over the remaining three quarters of play. Ryan Mathews ran for 90 yards and two touchdowns while his tandem at the position, Mike Tolbert, also cracked the end zone. Philip Rivers threw for 270 yards and a touchdown.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco did find Torrey Smith for a 36-yard touchdown late in the game, but he had two interceptions in the game an was sacked seven times (the Ravens, surprisingly, had zero). Ray Rice was only able to run the ball 10 times for 57 yards.
The 7-7 Chargers visit the Detroit Lions next Saturday, where they hope to avoid the same fate as the Oakland Raiders this week. The Lions defeated the Raiders in the final minute of the game.
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