Chargers hold off Ravens in wild card

Chargers hold off Ravens in wild card

Given one final chance to complete the comeback, the 21-year-old looked every bit like the youngest quarterback to start an National Football League playoff game when he lost the ball on his third fumble of the game. There was no last chance to finish his career here with the heroics he once provided on the way to a Super Bowl championship.

"Yeah, I mean, gosh, we know the run they've had", Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said. "I don't think Joe would have played any better in two-minute".

Los Angeles ended up holding off Baltimore, 23-17, to move onto the Divisional Round.

There will be plenty of talk in the days ahead about whether Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson should have been benched in favor of Joe Flacco during today's loss to the Chargers.

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Midway through the fourth quarter, Jackson was 3-of-10 for 25 yards and an interception.

Rivers finished the Wild Card game with 160 passing yards and no touchdowns after making 22 of his 32 attempts. Dixon's turnover set up the first of a franchise-record five field goals by Michael Badgley, who converted from 21, 53, 40, 34 and 47 yards. The touchdown came one play after Gordon lost control of the ball at the goal line and the Ravens took it the other way for a touchdown, but he was called down by contact and a replay confirmed the call.

Jackson fumbled on Baltimore's opening possession, but picked it up himself. He wouldn't complete his third pass until deep into the third quarter.

The Ravens' defense and special teams kept giving the offense chances - there was a partially blocked punt and a blocked field goal and the first nine Chargers drives ended with punts, field goals, a missed field goal and a fumble.

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"Lamar Jackson's our quarterback going forward".

Lamar Jackson celebrates before getting in the end zone. He continued his defense of the former Heisman Trophy victor following the game.

"They were looking for better in us", Jackson said.

"See you next Sunday in Foxboro!" The Chargers held them to zero touchdowns and just 90 rushing yards Sunday.

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