ReFo: Chargers @ Ravens, Week 13
The 7-4 Chargers met the 7-4 Ravens in Baltimore yesterday, in a game that had major playoff implications across the AFC.
Penalties were the story of the day for Baltimore as they committed 14 for 98 yards including two costly errors on the Chargers’ final drive; an offsides that nullified a sack and a pass interference penalty in the end zone that set up San Diego for the go-ahead score.
Taking full advantage of the Ravens’ mistakes, the Chargers now find themselves alone in second place in the AFC West at 8-4, with a chance to make a statement win next week against New England.
San Diego Chargers– Performances of Note
Philip Rivers, QB: +6.0
Breakdown: Rivers was intercepted on his first pass attempt of the game, but he was nearly perfect after that. The Ravens blitzed him 19 times, and he earned a PFF grade of +1.3 on those pass plays. On the 32 drop-backs when not blitzed, Rivers earned a +5.8 grade.
Signature Stat: When Rivers was not pressured, he was 24-of-32 for 281 yards, two touchdowns and a +6.1 PFF grade.
Keenan Allen, WR: +2.8
Breakdown: A highly efficient day for Allen, who caught 11 of 12 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Allen caught passes against four different defenders, and Rivers had a QB Rating of 148.3 when targeting him.
Signature Play: Allen’s first touchdown catch at 0:20 of the first quarter was a diving grab that bailed out Rivers as he was being hit.
Sean Lissemore, NT: -3.6
Breakdown: Lissemore earned his lowest grade of the season as he struggled to deal with the Ravens’ excellent interior offensive linemen. Marshall Yanda (+2.9 run blocking) was dominant as Lissemore was moved around too easily inside.
Signature Stat: Lissemore’s -3.4 run defense grade was the worst of the game.
Baltimore Ravens – Performances of Note
Joe Flacco, QB: +6.6
Breakdown: Excellent in a losing effort, Flacco earned his best PFF grade of the season. Flacco was at his best when not pressured, completing 13 of 18 passes for 178 yards, two touchdowns and a +4.3 grade.
Signature Stat: Flacco ranks third in deep passing accuracy this season, but was unable to do much damage with the deep ball in this game. He finished just 1-4 for 24 yards on passes thrown 20+ yards, but Steve Smith dropped one that would have gone for a long gain.
Elvis Dumervil, LB: -2.2
Breakdown: Dumervil’s performance was somewhat indicative of the team’s performance as a whole. He was effective as a pass rusher, collecting two hits and three hurries, but he also committed three offsides penalties.
Signature Play: Dumervil was responsible for Rivers’ interception, beating D.J. Fluker to the outside, and hitting Rivers’ arm as he was releasing the ball. Daryl Smith was in perfect position to capitalize on the misthrown ball and collected the interception.
Steve Smith, WR: -4.3
Breakdown: This was easily Smith’s worst game as a Raven, as he finished with one catch for 2 yards, dropped two passes and was flagged for an illegal shift penalty. Smith has earned a positive grade just once in his past six games.
Signature Play: At 11:29 of the fourth quarter, Smith dropped what would have been a long completion off of a play action pass.
PFF Game Ball
Philip Rivers earns the game ball this week as his team earns the road win.