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Chargers keep Lamar Jackson bottled until late, hang on to advance

Chargers keep Lamar Jackson bottled until late, hang on to advance

The Los Angeles Chargers are coming to Foxboro. In the first 10 games, Los Angeles outscored teams 64-55 over the first 15 minutes. No team scored more than 24 points against Baltimore in regulation in Jackson's seven starts, including when the Ravens played on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs. Locked in at the No. 4 seed are the Baltimore Ravens, who finished 10-6. In what was statistically the Chargers worst game of the season, they could only produce 198 total yards. He recorded 45 receptions for 579 yards and four touchdowns last season and scored eight in his rookie year. Gordon III will also need to be more than a pleasant red zone scoring touchdown machine. Harbaugh and his staff completely overhauled the game plan on the fly to take advantage of Jackson's ability to run the ball - a strategy supported by Baltimore's top-ranked defense. The Ravens are an old school football team that's built for playoff success with an impressive ground game and defense. The back end includes versatile, stud first-round All-Pro rookie safety Derwin James, All-Pro defensive back Desmond King and veteran cornerback Casey Hayward.

Philip Rivers didn't light up the stat sheet but still played an effective game. The Ravens are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 playoff games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games in January.

Jackson's passing accuracy is regularly queried, so Harbaugh and assistant Marty Mornhinweg made a decision to gameplan for Jackson, along with unheralded backs Gus Edwards and Kenneth Dixon, to run, run and run.

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The Saints (13-3) will have a first round bye and home field advantage at the Superdome in New Orleans throughout the playoffs despite losing 33-14 to the Carolina Panthers in a game that had little outcome for the NFC South champs. The Ravens, for their part, would probably be a week into their off-season, after losing the AFC North to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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