Lamar Jackson reaches rushing milestone as Ravens defeat Chargers

Nov 26, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Zay Flowers (4) catches a touchdown pass during the second quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

On Sunday night in Inglewood, California, the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Los Angeles Chargers 20-10. The victory marked a milestone for quarterback Lamar Jackson, who became the quickest quarterback to surpass 5,000 running yards. The Baltimore Ravens also forced four turnovers in the game.

Zay Flowers scored a touchdown by catching a pass for Baltimore (9-3) while running the ball. Baltimore’s victory was the team’s sixth in the last seven games. The Baltimore Ravens enter their bye week next week with the best American Football Conference (AFC) record.

The Chargers (4-7) suffered their third consecutive defeat thanks to the play of quarterback Justin Herbert, who completed 29 of 44 passes for 217 yards and had one touchdown and one interception. For the Los Angeles Chargers, Keenan Allen had 14 receptions for 106 yards, while Gerald Everett had one reception for a touchdown.

Jackson completed 18 passes out of 32 attempts for 177 yards and a score. He also carried the ball 11 times for 39 yards. In his career, he has rushed for 5,011 yards in 82 games.

Michael Vick, who played in 104 games, was the fastest quarterback to reach 5,000 passing yards. Jackson’s running yards put him in fourth place all-time among quarterbacks, behind only Vick (6,109), Cam Newton (5,628), and Russell Wilson (5,232).

With 8 minutes and 32 seconds remaining in the game, Herbert completed a throw of 3 yards to Everett, bringing Los Angeles’ score to 13-10. Herbert’s keeper from 35 yards out was the most critical play of the drive.

The ordinarily dependable Justin Tucker missed the field goal try from 44 yards out that the Ravens had with 2:57 remaining in the game. However, with 1 minute and 54 seconds remaining, Los Angeles turned up possession of the ball to Baltimore.

Flowers came in motion, grabbed the handoff from Jackson, and then erupted through a large hole for a TD run of 37 yards to give the Ravens a 10-point lead with 1:36 left to play.

The Chargers gave the ball possession to Baltimore for a second time with 53 ticks left on the clock, and the Ravens ran out the remaining time.

Despite Khalil Mack recording two sacks, Los Angeles lost by a score of 361 to 279.

Cameron Dicker kicked a field goal from 39 yards out to start the Chargers’ game. With 10 minutes and 41 seconds left in the first half, Lamar Jackson completed a throw to Brandon Flowers for 3 yards to give Baltimore the lead. The Ravens carried a 10-3 advantage into the halftime break after Tucker kicked a field goal from 42 yards out with 1:12 left on the clock.

During Baltimore’s opening drive of the third quarter, Tucker kicked a field goal from 48 yards out to extend their lead to ten points.

With 12 minutes and 31 seconds left in the game, Ravens defensive end Jadeveon Clowney sacked Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert, resulting in a fumble that the Ravens recovered at the Chargers’ 23-yard line. This opportunity for the Chargers to cut into their lead was wasted.

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