SAN DIEGO -- For the third time this season, the San Diego Chargers blew a double-digit lead and came up losers. Justin Tucker
's 38-yard field goal with 1:07 left in overtime completed the Baltimore Ravens' rally for a 16-13 victory over the Chargers on Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium.
The Ravens (9-2) came back from a 13-3 deficit, which the Chargers built midway through the fourth quarter, to extend their winning streak to four games. San Diego, which lost its third straight, also held double-digit leads against the Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints earlier this season before stumbling to defeats.
The Chargers (4-7) had a chance to clinch the win in the final two minutes of regulation. They forced Baltimore into a fourth-and-29 situation at its own 27-yard line. However, quarterback Joe Flacco hit running back Ray Rice
for what appeared to be a 30-yard gain and a first down at the Chargers' 33 with 1:37 left.
After a lengthy review by the replay booth, the officials overruled the call on the field, saying Rice was stopped at the 34, but he still gained enough yardage for a first down.
Three plays later, Tucker booted a 38-yard field goal at the end of regulation to knot the score at 13 and produce overtime.
The Chargers never trailed until Tucker's game-winning boot in overtime. They took a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter on a 21-yard scoring pass from Philip Rivers to Malcom Floyd, capping a nine-play, 78-yard drive.
San Diego made it 10-0 on a 47-yard field goal by Nick Novak with 3:04 left in the second quarter.
The Ravens scored on their opening drive of the second half. A 54-yard pass by Flacco to Torrey Smith gave Baltimore a first down at the San Diego 27-yard line, but the drive stalled at the 25 three plays later. The Ravens settled for a 43-yard field goal by Tucker, cutting the Chargers' lead to 10-3 with 12:19 left in the third.
Another Baltimore drive stalled deep into San Diego territory later in the quarter, but this time the Ravens came away empty. On a fourth-and-1 at the Chargers' 14, running back Ray Rice was thrown for a 2-yard loss by defensive end Corey Liuget with 30 seconds remaining in the third.
The Chargers got a 30-yard field goal by Novak with 7:51 left to increase their margin to 13-3, but they would never score again.
The Ravens sliced the deficit to 13-10 on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Flacco to tight end Dennis Pitta with 4:19 remaining.
Both teams entered the game ranked among the lowest-producing offenses in the NFL. The Ravens were rated 21st in total offense (338 yards per game), compared to 23rd for the Chargers (328.8). The Chargers came into the game with the league's seventh-best defense (323.9), while the Ravens ranked 25th (382.1).
NOTES: The Chargers have held five of their previous 10 opponents to fewer than 75 yards rushing, but the Ravens ran for 127 yards. Rice finished with 97 yards on 22 carries. ... Rivers and Antonio Gates have combined for 53 career touchdowns, most in NFL history for a quarterback-tight end tandem. Gates was limited to two catches for 13 yards and no touchdowns. ... The Ravens entered the game tied for second with the Chicago Bears in the league with a plus-12 differential in turnovers. Neither team gave the ball away Sunday. The New England Patriots are first with a plus-20 turnover differential. ... The Ravens' 9-2 start is their best since 2006, when they began 9-2 before finishing 13-3.
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