The visiting Los Angeles Chargers sacked Lamar Jackson seven times and held on for 23-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens in an AFC wild-card game on Sunday.
Mike Badgley kicked five field goals, Melvin Ingram had two sacks and Melvin Gordon scored the Chargers’ touchdown. Philip Rivers was 22 of 32 for 160 yards.
The Chargers led 23-3 before the Ravens scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns and had a chance to take the lead.
Baltimore got the ball at their 34 with 45 seconds left after a punt, but Uchenna Nwosu knocked the ball out of Jackson’s hand with the Ravens near midfield and the Chargers recovered.
The Chargers avenged their Week 16 loss to the Ravens and advance to the AFC Divisional Round at second-seeded New England next Sunday.
Jackson, who turns 22 on Monday, became the youngest quarterback ever to start in the playoffs. He was held in check for the first three-and-a-half quarters and was booed at one point by fans wanting to see Joe Flacco enter the game.
Jackson was 14 of 29 for 194 yards — most of them in the fourth quarter — with two touchdowns and an interception.
“Just come out and play assignment football, play our game,” Ingram told CBS of their plan in containing Lamar Jackson in the rematch. “We can’t get out of whack, we just gotta come out and play together.”
Jackson found Michael Crabtree for a 31-yard touchdown to pull Baltimore within 23-10 with 6:32 remaining, but Los Angeles recovered the ensuing onside kick.
After a punt, Jackson quickly led the Ravens downfield and found Crabtree again, this time for 7-yard score.
On third-and-goal from the Ravens’ 1 to start the fourth quarter, Gordon carried and the ball came loose as he hit the ground and Marlon Humphrey of the Ravens recovered it and ran it all the way back.
Officials initially ruled it a touchdown with Gordon down by contact. After review, Gordon was ruled down inside the 1, but scored on the next play and Rivers threw to Michael Williams for the two-point conversion, making it 20-3. Badgley soon added a field goal.
After a partially-blocked punt, Baltimore started at the Los Angeles 40, but Tucker missed from 50 yards.
Baltimore was outgained 129-69 in the first half and turned the ball over twice. The Ravens did not cross midfield.
The Chargers recovered a Kenneth Dixon fumble at the Ravens’ 15 but couldn’t punch it in and settled for Badgley’s 21-yard field goal with 6:59 left in the first quarter.
Badgley made it 6-0 with a 53-yarder.
An interception led to Badgley’s third field goal and the Chargers took a 12-0 lead when he hit on the final play of the half.
Baltimore scored in the third after a Virgil Green fumble and Tucker’s 33-yard field goal made it 12-3.
Ravens defensive tackle Michael Pierce left in the first half with an elbow injury.
Rivers is looking forward to playing the Patriots.
“Gosh, we know the run they’ve had, it seems like forever that they’re always in these games and games beyond,” Rivers said. “We find so many different ways to win. The defense was unbelievable today. We couldn’t get in the end zone — we finally did. …
“This team, we’re going to fly back home, then we’re going to fly back out here for another 10 a.m. West Coast kick. We really don’t care … we’ll be there next Sunday.”