Chargers down Ravens in play-off opener
Michael Badgley kicked five field goals and the Los Angeles Chargers contained rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens to carve out a 23-17 victory in the opening round of the NFL play-offs yesterday.
The Chargers (13-4) will next face the second-seeded New England Patriots (11-5) on the road next Sunday. The Chargers last won two games during a single postseason in 2007, when the franchise was in San Diego.
Badgley set a franchise record for field goals in a play-off game. He connected from 21, 53, 40, 34 and 47 yards.
The Chargers built a 23-3 lead in the fourth quarter before Jackson threw two touchdown passes to make it close. Given one final chance to complete the comeback, the 21-year-old Jackson looked every bit like the youngest quarterback to start an NFL play-off game when he lost the ball on his third fumble of the game.
Jackson finished 14 for 29 for 194 yards with an interception. He was sacked seven times.
The Chargers got even for a 22-10 loss two weeks ago to Baltimore (10-7), the AFC North champions.