Patriots defense aims to win ‘mind game’ with crafty Rivers

Football 01/09/19, 18:20

Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers says thinking about how to defend against the Los Angeles Chargers has kept him up at night."Over the bye I had a dream about not setting the edge," Flowers said this week. "I woke up and it was a nightmare."New England's leader this season with ...

Beating Ravens gets Chargers a date with Brady and Patriots

Football 01/07/19, 05:31

The Los Angeles Chargers' prize for dismantling the toughest defense in the NFL is a road game against a team that has long been a nemesis for Philip Rivers.Los Angeles advanced to the divisional round of the postseason by beating the Baltimore Ravens 23-17 on Sunday. Next up, a matchup ...

Rivers versus Brady in divisional round of NFL playoffs

Sports 01/06/19, 21:03

Philip Rivers has come up empty against Tom Brady every time.He gets another shot next weekend.Rivers directed the Los Angeles Chargers to a 23-17 playoff victory at Baltimore on Sunday, setting up another high-stakes matchup with Brady and the New England Patriots. For all of Rivers' success during his 15 ...

Ravens lose Lamar Jackson’s playoff debut, 23-17 to Chargers

Football 01/06/19, 16:47

Of all the discouraging stats for Lamar Jackson in the rookie sensation's NFL playoff debut, this was probably the worst: At halftime Sunday, his combined total of fumbles and interceptions (three) was higher than his number of completions (two).A day before his 22nd birthday, Baltimore's Jackson became the youngest quarterback ...

Chargers hold off Jackson, Ravens 23-17 in playoff opener

Football 01/06/19, 16:32

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 Sunday in the opening round of the NFL playoffs.The Chargers (13-4) will next face the second-seeded New England Patriots (11-5) on the road Sunday. ...

Chargers-Ravens in wild card is rematch of late-season game

Sports 01/05/19, 11:32

It's been six years since the Ravens hosted a playoff game, so forgive Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda for forgetting protocol regarding the distribution of tickets."Somebody was asking me if we got tickets during the playoff games, and I couldn't really remember," he said this week. "I was like, 'Uh, ...

Chargers’ James looking to make bigger impact vs. Ravens

Sports 01/03/19, 20:21

Most rookies hit the figurative wall late in the season as the rigors of a full first year in the NFL catch up quickly. Derwin James, though, still feels like he did at midseason.James will need to be at his best as the Los Angeles Chargers meet the Baltimore Ravens ...

Rematches in 3 games highlight wild-card weekend

Football 01/03/19, 16:02

Some juicy rematches highlight wild-card weekend, in which, well, just about any of the eight teams advancing wouldn't be a surprise. Seattle beat Dallas early this season, and Baltimore handled the Los Angeles Chargers late. ...

Youth is Served: Ravens QB Jackson poised for playoffs

Football 01/02/19, 15:10

Lamar Jackson has started only seven pro games, is barely old enough to drink in Maryland and has never participated in the NFL postseason.Fortunately for Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens, experience isn't a requirement for success in the playoffs.Jackson will become the youngest quarterback in NFL history to start in ...

Chargers get set to face Ravens for second time in 3 weeks

Football 12/31/18, 19:21

The Los Angeles Chargers don't need much of a refresher course on their first-round playoff opponent, considering they played them less than two weeks ago.The Chargers will make the cross-country trek for Sunday's AFC wild-card round game against Baltimore, which won six of its final seven games to finish 10-6 ...

Ravens enter playoffs as 1 of the league’s hottest teams

Football 12/31/18, 16:27

John Harbaugh was still fired up one day after the Baltimore Ravens finally ended a three-year NFL playoff drought.Over the course of this whirlwind season, Baltimore has gone from a team on the cusp of spiralling downward to one that poses a formidable challenge to any opponent.Baltimore clinched the AFC ...

Ravens squeeze past Browns 26-24 to earn AFC North tile

Sports 12/30/18, 20:04

The Baltimore Ravens squeezed past the Browns and into the playoffs, using two rushing touchdowns by rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson and a late defensive stand to beat Cleveland 26-24 Sunday and claim the AFC North title.Kenneth Dixon accounted for 117 of Baltimore's season-high 296 yards on the ground, Jackson had ...

Chargers beat Broncos 23-9 despite feeble offense

Football 12/30/18, 19:35

Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers recovered from a slow start to beat the Broncos 23-9 Sunday for their first win in Denver since 2013.The Chargers (12-4) are headed to the playoffs for the first time in five years, but they'll go in as a wild-card thanks to a ...

Patriots beat Jets 38-3, clinch another 1st-round bye

Football 12/30/18, 16:05

Tom Brady threw for three first-half touchdowns and the New England Patriots clinched their ninth straight first-round bye in the playoffs on Sunday with a 38-3 victory over the New York Jets.The Patriots (11-5) finished the season undefeated at home, and they guaranteed themselves at least one playoff game in ...

Rivers, Chargers understand outside help moot without a win

Football 12/26/18, 19:58

Philip Rivers is an Oakland Raiders fan this week, sort of.Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers can win the AFC West and secure home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs by beating Denver and having the Raiders defeat Kansas City on Sunday.The Chargers can also take the division title, a first-round ...

Top to bottom, 1st-round QBs impacted NFL along with others

Football 12/25/18, 11:52

From Baker Mayfield at the top of the first round to Lamar Jackson at the bottom, rookie quarterbacks had an impact, one way or another, in their NFL debuts.And don't forget some of the players, at some of the other positions, in between.The betting favorite for NFL Offensive Rookie of ...

Chiefs fall to 0-2 when trying to clinch AFC’s top seed

Sports 12/24/18, 14:40

The Chiefs had a chance to wrap up a third consecutive AFC West title and the No. 1 seed in the playoffs with two weeks to go, only to watch Philip Rivers lead the Los Angeles Chargers to a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns in a comeback.The Chiefs got a do-over ...

Rivers, Chargers’ offense sputter against Ravens

Football 12/23/18, 01:59

The tables were turned on Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers' offense.Instead of controlling the clock, avoiding mistakes and putting the pressure on the Baltimore Ravens' run-heavy offense and rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson, it was Rivers who was left flustered and frustrated by a lack of opportunities and a ...

Jackson leads Ravens to 22-10 victory over Chargers

Football 12/22/18, 23:30

Lamar Jackson threw for 204 yards and had the longest touchdown pass of his brief career, and the Baltimore Ravens strengthened their chances of clinching a playoff spot with a 22-10 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday night.The Ravens (9-6) — who have won five of their last ...

Ravens-Chargers matchup features dramatic differences at QB

Football 12/20/18, 17:19

The quarterback matchup for Saturday's pivotal game between the Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Chargers might offer the biggest contrasts this season.The Chargers, who have clinched their first postseason berth since 2013, feature cagy veteran Philip Rivers, who is having one of the best seasons of his 15-year career. The ...

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