Zay Flowers catches and runs for TDs, Ravens force 4 turnovers in 20-10 win over Chargers

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Zay Flowers (4) celebrates his touchdown run with wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Rookie Zay Flowers had a touchdown catch and ran for a game-sealing score late in the fourth quarter, Baltimore’s defense forced four turnovers, and the AFC-best Ravens beat the Los Angeles Chargers 20-10 on Sunday night.

Lamar Jackson threw for 177 yards and ran for 39 on 11 carries, becoming the fourth quarterback in NFL history to exceed 5,000 rushing yards — and the fastest by far to do it. Jackson has played 82 games, 22 fewer than it took Michael Vick to top 5,000.


“I’ve been waiting for him to score multiple TDs in a game. Having that last one with the run was nice,” said Jackson about Flowers.

The Chargers largely bottled up Jackson and the Ravens’ offense in the second half, but Flowers, the 22nd overall pick in April’s draft, put the game away when he took an end-around on third-and-2 and dashed for a 37-yard touchdown with 1:36 left.

Baltimore (9-3) heads into its bye week one-half game ahead of Kansas City, Jacksonville and Miami for the best record in the conference.

“I thought the fourth quarter was a statement. We put an exclamation point on it with our defense getting the stops and offense finishing it at the end there,” coach John Harbaugh said.

Justin Herbert was 29 of 44 for 217 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Chargers (4-7), who have lost three straight and are last in the AFC West. Keenan Allen had 14 receptions for 106 yards.

The Chargers came into the game tied for league low with eight giveaways. Their four turnovers were the most since they had that many in a Week 3 loss to Carolina in 2020.

“That was certainly the difference in the game, and it usually is in the NFL,” coach Brandon Staley said. “We hung in there about as well as you could, turning it over like that, and one of them in the red area. Just didn’t play well enough, clean enough to win tonight.”

After Justin Tucker missed a 44-yard field goal attempt with 2:57 remaining, the Chargers had a chance to tie or take the lead when they took over at their own 34. Los Angeles drove to the Ravens 46 but turned it over on downs when Herbert was pressured in the pocket and was called for intentional grounding on fourth down.

Three plays later, Flowers put the game out of reach. He made it count, though, mimicking a penalty kick in soccer during his end-zone celebration.

Baltimore grabbed a 7-3 lead with 10:46 remaining in the second quarter when Jackson connected with Flowers on a crossing route in the back of the end zone.

Tucker extended the advantage to 10-3 late in the first half with a 42-yard field goal. The Ravens had a short field to work with after Brent Urban recovered Allen’s fumble at the LA 34-yard line.

The Chargers finally reached the end zone with 8:32 remaining on Gerald Everett’s 3-yard touchdown reception. The tight end caught the ball at the 1 and then outmuscled Ravens safety Marcus Williams.

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