As the second seed, the Patriots get a first-round bye, and will not play during wild card weekend.
However, the Chargers are still coming in with a savvy veteran at quarterback in Phillip Rivers.
The switch to Lamar Jackson after the bye led Baltimore to completely flip their scheme. 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. He's on the tail-end of his career along with other QBs from the 2004 draft class like Eli Manning of the Giants and Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers.
According to the CBS broadcast, Ravens players even shouted at fans to stop calling for Flacco in defense of Jackson.
Take a look at this stat.
The Chargers had three sacks in the first meeting against Baltimore, but Jackson also had plenty of plays in which he was able to move up in the pocket to complete passes in his lone 200-yard game. I am happily surprised that the Eagles are in the playoffs again but mainly for the irony of it all.
Jackson is hoping he can send Rivers and the Chargers packing for an early offseason, too. He recorded 45 receptions for 579 yards and four touchdowns last season and scored eight in his rookie year.
The Chargers bring a one-game win streak into this contest, as they defeated the Denver Broncos, 23-9, on December 30. This is their first playoff appearance since the 2014 season when they lost in the Divisional Round.
Sunday's Wild Card round matchup kicks off at 10:00am at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. In the red zone, Mornhinweg absolutely refused to throw the ball until the final three minutes of the game.
Los Angeles finished the season strong. "I think this game comes down to who executes the best".
Also inactive for the Chargers are running back Troymaine Pope, center/guard Cole Toner, guard Forrest Lamp, wide receiver Dylan Cantrell, and defensive end Anthony Lanier II.
The Ravens are 17-point favorites at home. And two, with his playing style right now, can he stay healthy for 16 games?