Baltimore Sun staffers analyze the Ravens' 16-13 overtime win over the San Diego Chargers.
Jeff Zrebiec, reporter: It's games like this that make you wonder whether it's pointless to constantly analyze all the Ravens' flaws and obsess over their road struggles. The Ravens' best quality is that they find ways to win, and nowhere was that more evident than today, a game they had no business winning. The Ray Rice 29-yard gain on 4th-and-29 will probably be a play we're still talking about weeks from now. A three-game lead in the AFC North with five to play should be insurmountable, even with the struggling Steelers coming into town next weekend.
Aaron Wilson, reporter: The Ravens won a nail-biter in overtime as rookie kicker Justin Tucker delivered the game-winning field goal. Ray Rice's determined fourth-down conversion was huge. Joe Flacco and the offense woke up from a long slumber just in time. Although the Chargers are hardly world-beaters, this remains an impressive victory for the Ravens.
Matt Vensel, blogger: Wow. Just wow. From Ray Rice's miraculous catch-and-run on fourth down. To the clutch play of the defense all game. To Torrey Smith's nifty catch that put Justin Tucker in range to kick the game-winning field goal. What a comeback for the Ravens, who pretty much have the AFC North locked up. We'll remember this one for a while.
Ed Lee, reporter: The Ravens pulled out a three-point win thanks to a Herculean effort by Ray Rice on fourth down-and-29 in the fourth quarter and a 38-yard field goal by rookie Justin Tucker in overtime. But the offense looked lethargic until the fourth quarter and continues to invite questions about its struggles on the road. Don't blame the defense for this one because that unit got six sacks, kept Philip Rivers in check and surrendered just 13 points. The Ravens now have a three-game lead on the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC North, and perhaps the best thing for them is that three of their last five regular-season contests are at home.
Peter Schmuck, columnist: The Ravens waited awhile to adjust to Pacific Standard Time, but they were there at Winning Time. They didn't answer all the questions about their overall performance on the road this year, but they left no doubt about their toughness and resolve. Now, they can eliminate the Steelers from AFC North title consideration with a victory next week.
Ron Fritz, sports editor: This had all the makings for another dismal road loss for the Ravens, but then they woke up just in time. Ray Rice’s electrifying 30-yard catch and run for a first down showed just how resilient the Ravens are. From that point, it was all over. The Chargers were done, and that’s why Norv Turner will be out of a job.
Mike Preston, columnist: There are few moments that define a season, but we may have just witnessed one. Unbelievable.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun