Baltimore took its high-powered, Ray Lewis-led defense into San Diego and got thoroughly embarrassed in a nationally televised contest on NBC's Sunday Night Football. Though the Ravens had already clinched a spot, the game held major playoff implications for the Chargers along with the rest of the AFC West.
The Chargers' third in row, the win puts San Diego at 7-7 on the season, now tied for second in the division with just two games left to play.
By the middle of the third quarter, San Diego had taken Baltimore out of their game plan, and, as good as the Ravens are, they're simply not built to come from behind. Joe Flacco has never been effective in a pass-first offense, always depending upon the power running game. Down by 24 points in the third quarter, though, controlling the clock and tempo with a heavy dose of Ray Rice was simply no longer an option.
As such, the Chargers record in December remains impeccable and, while they still need a little help, San Diego now has a legitimate shot at making the playoffs this season. This despite suffering a six-game losing streak earlier in the year.
Cris Collinsworth is not the only one asking where this offense has been hiding all season long, a question that few, if any, other than head coach Norv Turner can answer. Nevertheless, as has been the case each and every year under Turner, the Chargers look like a completely different team down the stretch.
Amazingly, Turner has lost only two games in December, going back five seasons now as the head coach of the San Diego Chargers.