'MY LUCKY DAY,' LANDRY SAYS OF INTERCEPTION

THE BALTIMORE SUN

SAN DIEGO -- The drought is over for Dawan Landry.

The fourth-year strong safety intercepted a pass from Philip Rivers in the third quarter of the Ravens' 31-26 victory over the host San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday, marking his first interception since 2006, when he picked off five passes as a rookie.

"It's been a while," Landry said. "I was thinking about that a couple days ago and thinking, 'Man, it's been about two years since I got one.' Today was just my lucky day, I guess."

Landry's interception proved to be a pivotal play. With the Ravens clinging to a tenuous five-point lead after halftime, Landry benefited from Ray Lewis' pressure on Rivers, who floated an ill-advised pass toward the middle of the field.

Landry dived to his left to catch the football before lateraling it to free safety Ed Reed, who scampered 8 yards to San Diego's 22-yard line.

Four plays later, quarterback Joe Flacco found tight end Todd Heap for a 9-yard strike and a 12-point cushion at 28-16.

"I had the receiver [Chris Chambers] coming underneath, and he [Rivers] just threw it," Landry said. "I think he was trying to throw it away, but he didn't see me."

Landry's interception, combined with linebacker Antwan Barnes' first career takeaway off a batted pass from cornerback Domonique Foxworth late in the fourth quarter, gave the Ravens two interceptions from unlikely sources.

"It's always good to get interceptions from whoever gets them," Landry said. "As long as we create turnovers and put our offense back on the field, we know they can score."

Like Landry, Kelley Washington got to do something he hadn't done in three years: reach the end zone.

The wide receiver caught a 27-yard scoring strike from Flacco in the second quarter - his first touchdown as a Raven and first since Sept. 17, 2006.

"Just a great feeling to be able to contribute to the offense and to be able to make a play," said Washington, who added an exclamation point by doing "The Squirrel Dance" at the behest of his teammates. "We worked on that play and executed out there. It was just a good executed play."

Injury update

Fabian Washington was the biggest injury concern for the Ravens as the starting cornerback left the fourth quarter with a head injury.

After the game, Washington looked glassy-eyed and spoke slowly, but he said he had yet to talk to the team doctors about whether he had suffered a concussion.

"Not too hot," Washington said when asked how he felt. "A little lightheaded but nothing more than that. ... I really don't know [about whether he had suffered a concussion]. I'll have to see it tomorrow [Monday]."

Disputed call

Trevor Pryce disputed referee Tony Corrente's decision to flag the defensive end for roughing-the-passer late in the second quarter.

Although the penalty did not aid the Chargers, who had marched to the Ravens' 1 on the same play, Pryce said he did not hit Rivers in the helmet as Corrente later asserted.

"He's 6-foot-6. [Actually, 6-5.] He's as tall as I am," Pryce said. "All I did was run into him with my body straight ahead. The fact that he's 6-foot-6 like I am makes it look bad. If he was 6-foot-2, I hit him over the top and his head hits my chest."

Last line of defense

Steve Hauschka earned a highlight, and it had nothing to do with his field-goal-kicking prowess.

The kicker forced the Chargers' Darren Sproles out of bounds, limiting what might have been a touchdown-scoring, game-changing play to a 53-yard kickoff return to the Ravens' 42-yard line after Washington's touchdown catch.

"He broke it out to the outside and the next thing I knew, I was chasing him with one other guy in front of him," said Hauschka, who kicked a 33-yard field goal and converted all four extra-point attempts. "The sideline was on my side there. The next thing I knew, Sproles ran through the side, and I was able to push him out of bounds. Luckily, I didn't have to tackle him in the open field because I don't know if my skills would have matched up with his."

End zone

The Ravens deactivated tight end L.J. Smith (pulled left hamstring), offensive tackles Oniel Cousins and Tony Moll, defensive tackle Brandon McKinney, safety Tom Zbikowski (concussion), rookie linebacker-defensive end Paul Kruger and rookie linebacker Dannell Ellerbe. John Beck was the third quarterback. ... San Diego played without three offensive starters in running back LaDainian Tomlinson (sprained right ankle), center Nick Hardwick (ankle) and right guard Louis Vasquez (knee). The Chargers also deactivated defensive end Travis Johnson (groin), wide receiver Buster Davis, linebacker Antwan Applewhite and safety C.J. Spillman. Charlie Whitehurst was the third quarterback. Ogemdi Nwagbuo started for Jamal Williams, the defensive tackle who was placed in injured reserve Saturday with a torn triceps. ... Free safety Ed Reed, tight end Todd Heap and punter Sam Koch represented the Ravens for the coin toss.

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