Ravens vs. Chargers game recap: Chargers blow fourth quarter lead, fall to Baltimore 16-13 in OT

Harry How

The San Diego Chargers led for the entirety of regulation before Ray Rice's heroics allowed the Ravens to push the game to overtime and steal a 16-13 victory.

It took almost all of overtime, but the Baltimore Ravens were able to steal one on the road Sunday as they scored 13 unanswered from the fourth quarter on to beat the San Diego Chargers, 16-13.

With the Ravens' offense looking like a lost cause early on, the Chargers jumped out to a 10-0 lead as WR Malcom Floyd scored their only touchdown on a 21-yard grab.

But after trading field goals to start the second half, QB Joe Flacco and company came alive, moving the ball 76 yards down the field to cut the lead to three with a four-yard touchdown grab from TE Dennis Pitta. And with the momentum back on their side, the Ravens were able to force a three and out to give their offense a chance with 3:09 remaining.

Baltimore then proceeded to move in the wrong direction as a holding penalty and an Antwan Barnes sack-fumble stranded the Ravens with a 4th and 29 on their own 37. And with the Ravens needing a miracle, they got one in the form of Ray Rice. The little cannon ball of a running back carried a Flacco dump off 29.5 yards with the assistance of some spectacular blocks and a mean stiff arm. After a lengthy review, Tucker then stroked a 38-yard field goal to send the game into overtime.

The Chargers received the ball to start the extra period, but both teams traded punts before an acrobatic 31-yard catch from Ravens WR Torrey Smith gave Baltimore the break it needed. Tucker then drilled another 38-yard field goal to leave the San Diego crowd stunned and incensed.

Fantasy studs/duds: Torrey Smith finished with a monster day even though he never found pay dirt (seven catches, 144 yards). Ray Rice (164 total yards) was reliable as always which was more than you can say about anyone on the Chargers' offense.

Did they cover? The Chargers found a way to blow the spread as they always seem to do as Justin Tucker's last field goal covered the Ravens as 1.5-point favorites.

Injury info: The Chargers' defense was devoured by injuries as LB Donald Butler (groin), LB Andrew Gachkar (leg) S Atari Bigby (groin) and S Darrell Stuckey (hamstring) were all forced from the game. The Ravens had their own issues too with LB Dannell Ellerbe going down with an ankle injury and TE Ed Dickson departing with a knee injury.

Up next: The Ravens will be facing the Steelers for the second time in three weeks while the Chargers will remain at home to host the Cincinnati Bengals.

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