All the Chargers had to do was get the stop and run out the clock for their first win against a team with a winning record this season.
“I don’t know what to say,” Jammer said. “A play like that should never happen. You can’t give them a chance to execute that play. But we had some breakdowns, for sure.”
Up to that point, San Diego’s defense had played well.
“It definitely upsets the stomach when things like that happen, but they happen,” said defensive end Corey Liuget, who had a sack, a big fourth-down stop earlier in the game and a pass deflection.
“You have to give a guy credit when he makes an awesome play like that. But it was big, the biggest of the game it changed the game. … Those kinds of plays are never acceptable in the NFL. You have to have somebody make the play.”
San Diego (4-7) was pushed closer to elimination from the playoff picture for the third straight season, and with it, almost certainly the end of the Norv Turner era. The Chargers dropped four games behind AFC West leader Denver, which swept the season series against San Diego. In the wild-card race, the Chargers trail Indianapolis by three games and Pittsburgh and Cincinnati by two games.
Baltimore increased its lead to three games over Pittsburgh, which lost to Cleveland, and Cincinnati, which beat Oakland. The Ravens won their fourth straight and for the eighth time in nine games.
San Diego punted on both of its OT possessions. The second punt, a 63-yarder by Mike Scifres, pinned theRavens at their 11 with 4:56 to go.
On third-and-10 from the Chargers 47, Smith came back and went over Jammer’s tight coverage to make a nice catch of a 31-yard pass from Flacco to the Chargers 16. Flacco twice took a knee to set up the winning kick.
San Diego had gone ahead 13-3 on Nick Novak’s 30-yard field goal with 7:51 to go in regulation.
This was the third time the Chargers blew a lead of double digits in the second half. They also came from ahead to lose at New Orleans and in an epic Monday night game here against Denver, when they blew a 24-0 halftime lead and lost 35-24.
Philip Rivers was sacked six times, twice by Arthur Jones. Rivers was turnover-free for just the third time in 11 games. He came in with 14 interceptions and four lost fumbles.
Rivers threw a 21-yard TD pass to Malcom Floyd and Novak kicked a 43-yard field goal to give the Chargers a 10-0 lead in the second quarter.
The Ravens struggled offensively until the opening drive of the second half. Flacco threw a short pass to Smith, who made two Chargers miss, then cut inside and deked another defender before being tackled at the Chargers 27 for a 54-yard gain.