He is one of their primary run-stoppers, and his absence could leave Los Angeles more vulnerable to the Ravens' potent running game featuring quarterback Lamar Jackson, and running backs Gus Edwards and Kenneth Dixon. The veteran QB hit his target on close to 80% of his throws and made a clutch big-time throw with just over two minutes to go in the third quarter to set up Los Angeles' only touchdown of the game.
The Chargers earned the franchise's first playoff berth since 2013 and its 12 regular season wins are the most since the team notched 13 during the 2009 season.
He didn't suffer any setback in his recovery, Rapoport adds, and his status for a potential divisional-round game will be reassessed should L.A. win Sunday. The Ravens are 6-1 odds to win Super Bowl LIII.
The Ravens are 17-point favorites at home.
Antonio Gates will likely continue to receive the bulk of the tight end targets for the Chargers. Keenan Allen is a legit No. 1 threat in the passing game and finished with almost 1,200 receiving yards and six touchdowns. Rivers is just 1-7 in his career against the Patriots, including a pair of postseason losses.
It's hard to ignore the statistics. If (big if) you can get to him, you can turnover the ball, and that's one thing a run-first, manage-the-clock team like the Ravens cannot afford.
The Chargers split with Kansas City and defeated the Bills and Steelers. Jackson averages 4.7 yards per carry and he scored five rushing touchdowns.
The Ravens defense will apply pressure, but the experienced Rivers will get rid of the ball more quickly and find the end zone.
This will likely be another close and low-scoring game; look no further than the three-point spread and the 42-point over/under. The Chargers are ranked ninth overall, allowing only 105.8 yards per game.
The Ravens have rushed for 1,607 yards in his seven starts, the third most in National Football League history over that timeframe. Much to his dismay, he missed his first and only extra point earlier this season.
The Ravens lost three straight games and were 4-5 entering their bye week.