It was the kind of play that will put Ray Lewis into the Hall of Fame one day.
On a fourth-and-two from the Baltimore 15-yard line with 37 seconds remaining in a one-score game, the Chargers called a running play to Darren Sproles.
Lewis diagnosed it immediately, shot the gap unblocked through San Diego’s offensive line, and stuffed Sproles for a five-yard loss.
(Next time, the Chargers may want to keep an eye on this Lewis guy in a situation like this. He finished with 12 tackles and a forced fumble.)
San Diego was game despite missing two starting offensive lineman, LaDainian Tomlinson, and nose tackle Jamal Williams. But Philip Rivers threw two picks to go with his 436 yards passing, and the Ravens played mostly mistake-free football on offense.
Baltimore’s defense hasn’t been as dominant as usual this year, but it hasn’t mattered because their offense is vastly improved. Willis McGahee rushed for two scores and Joe Flacco threw for two more.
It’s very early, but the Ravens look like one of the playoff teams from a year ago who have maintained their level of play, and may possibly be better.
The Chargers, on the other hand, are back on their usual regular season yo-yo.
Ray Lewis made sure of it.