Ravens kick returner Jacoby Jones.
Ravens kick returner Jacoby Jones. (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun)

The San Diego Chargers refused to kick to Ravens kick returner Jacoby Jones, trying to avoid an explosive return through a series of short kickoffs.

Finally in the fourth quarter, the Chargers' Nick Novak kicked it to Jones 2 yards deep in the Ravens' end zone. Jones returned the ball 72 yards to the Chargers' 30-yard line, but the Ravens were forced to settle for a field goal when the offense failed to move the football during the eventual 34-33 loss.

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"You know, it's all about being patient," Jones said. "You finally get an opportunity, and you have to make the best of it. As a return unit, we know this. So when we get our chance, we have to make the best of it."

Jones was used more frequently at wide receiver than usual because of injuries to wide receivers Marlon Brown (concussion) and Torrey Smith (right knee). He caught two passes thrown to him for 35 yards.

"You never want to see your teammates go down," Jones said. "That's a tough thing to swallow. Hopefully, we can get them back for next week."

Jones fumbled and recovered a kickoff prior to the Ravens' final drive, returning it to the Ravens' 14-yard line. The game ended when time expired on Kamar Aiken's 24-yard reception at the Chargers' 43-yard line.

"He did a good job, Jacoby had big kickoff returns," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "Could've been better, and he'll tell you that, even at the end there. The kickoff return that got us rolling toward the end there that could've put it away for us was big. He did a nice job."

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