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Coffee Companion (11/26): your daily Ravens fix

By Matt Vensel

9:00 AM EST, November 26, 2012

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Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday. That way he’ll have an excuse to do the same to start his workday, too.

RUNNING IT BACK

The Ravens rallied from 10 points down in the fourth quarter on Sunday to beat the San Diego Chargers in overtime, 16-13. ... The play of the game was Ray Rice's catch-and-run to convert on fourth-and-long. ... The Ravens harassed Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, recording a season-high six sacks. ... Starting inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and tight end Ed Dickson were injured in the overtime win and did not return.

RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco finally broke out on the road. ... The Ravens offense could be different going forward. ... Rookie kicker Justin Tucker is building a clutch reputation. ... The playoff picture is getting clearer for the Ravens. ... Could the return of inside linebacker Ray Lewis be an early Christmas present?

BEHIND ENEMY LINES

The Chargers are the opposite of winners. ... The Chargers were distraught after the loss. ... The Chargers are haunted by Rice's miraculous play. ... Only the Chargers would allow a team to convert on fourth-and-29. ... Chargers coach Norv Turner might not be around long enough to see many more of these collapses. ... Chargers offensive tackle Jared Gaither is out for the season.

SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY 

Here are five things we learned in the win over the Chargers.

OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE

The Pittsburgh Steelers turned the ball over eight times in Sunday's loss to the Cleveland Browns. ... The Cincinnati Bengals got the better of Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer in his return to Cincinnati. ... The New York Giants thumped the Greey Bay Packers on Sunday night. ... The San Francisco 49ers returned two interceptions for touchdowns in a win over the New Orleans Saints. ... The Indianapolis Colts got back on track with a win over the Buffalo Bills. ... The Denver Broncos won again.