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Ravens vs. Chargers: 3 game ball candidates

The top performers from the Ravens’ primetime win on Sunday night

Baltimore Ravens v Los Angeles Chargers Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images

The Baltimore Ravens won their second straight game in primetime, defeating the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 12 on Sunday night. Led by a four-turnover showing from their defense, the Ravens outlasted the Chargers to ultimately win by a score of 20-10.

As has been the case in all eight of their other victories this season, the Ravens received notable performances from a handful of players. Below are a few standout individuals from the team’s 10-point win in Los Angeles.

Check them and out and vote for your game ball recipient choice below!


Kyle Hamilton

Hamilton put forth another standout performance on a national stage. He showcased his all-around skillset from the get-go and made impact plays all every facet: as a coverage defender, pass-rusher, and in run defense.

In the first half alone, Hamilton had a number of key moments. He recorded a tackle-for-loss of negative two yards which led to a punt on the Chargers’ third possession of the game. The Ravens then scored a touchdown on the ensuing drive to take a 7-3 lead. He also played tight coverage on multiple incomplete pass attempts from Justin Herbert.

In total, the dynamic second-year safety finished with six combined tackles, two tackles-for-loss and a pass breakup. Hamilton also earned a pressure on Herbert early in the game that forced an errant throw. His versatility was on display all night long, particularly in coverage. He was tasked with defending the big-bodied tight end Gerald Everett as well as a speedy wideout like Justin Guyton on numerous occasions.

Hamilton’s ability to both defend pass-catchers in one-on-one situations, drop back deep into coverage, and make plays at the line of scrimmage is unique. He did just about a little of all of this in Los Angeles.

Zay Flowers

Flowers’ receiving output in this game was ultimately one of his lowest of the season. He caught five passes on eight targets but only recorded 25 yards through the air. Part of that can be attributed to one of his receptions being blown up for a five-yard loss on a screen play.

However, on a night where the Ravens’ overall offensive output left much to be desired, Flowers had the most impactful plays. The rookie wideout first recorded his second career touchdown early in the second quarter with a three-yard catch in the red zone. He created separation against man coverage and ran free in the end zone, hauling in a lofted pass.

This go-ahead score gave the Ravens their first lead and points of the game. Then, Flowers put the exclamation point on the team’s victory later in the fourth quarter. With the Ravens needing to convert on third-and-short under the two-minute mark, Flowers took an end-around sweep and turned it up field for a 37-yard rushing touchdown.

The Ravens have gotten Flowers the ball on these end-around plays multiple times this season but had yet to break open a big play until this point. That was the Ravens’ biggest offensive gain of the game and put the nail in the coffin on a victory, as it extended their lead to 20-10.

Flowers’ two-touchdown performance was timely and overdue, as his lack of touchdown production through 11 weeks was really the only blemish on an otherwise strong rookie campaign.

Jadeveon Clowney

A renaissance season for Clowney continued in Los Angeles, with the veteran edge rusher having himself another impactful outing. Clowney tied with Broderick Washington for the team-lead in both sacks and quarterback hits, increasing his season-long totals in both categories — which were already high as is.

Clowney’s lone sack resulted a forced fumble and was one of the biggest defensive plays of the game. While the Ravens’ defense recorded four turnovers in total, Clowney’s strip sack on Herbert was the most timely. It thwarted a 19-play, near nine-minute drive by the Chargers which extended from the third quarter into the fourth quarter.

Clowney got around the edge and knocked the ball loose from Herbert’s grasp before he could begin a throwing motion. To top it off, he managed to then recover his own forced fumble on the ground as well. He was also party to another forced fumble in the second quarter, where him and Patrick Queen combined to hit Keenan Allen over the middle.

Game after game, the former No. 1 overall pick continues to prove himself to be a bargain offseason signing for the Ravens. His performance in Week 12 only adds to that.


Poll

Who gets your vote for game ball recipient from the Ravens’ Week 12 victory?

This poll is closed

  • 36%
    Kyle Hamilton
    (98 votes)
  • 34%
    Zay Flowers
    (92 votes)
  • 26%
    Jadeveon Clowney
    (70 votes)
  • 1%
    Other
    (5 votes)
265 votes total Vote Now