4 things to know about the Chargers-Ravens wild card matchup


It won't be easy running on the Chargers, but if Los Angeles respects Brady and comes out trying to defend the pass, the Patriots will be able to eat up yards on the ground.

The Chargers have a 12-4 record. They are 6-2 at home. This is their first playoff appearance since the 2014 season when they lost in the Divisional Round. The 37-year-old Rivers has been flinging the football in the NFL since 2004 and has started nine playoff games.

The Ravens are undoubtedly tough, but do not count out the Chargers in this game.

Don't forget this week: It's the Los Angeles Chargers, not San Diego. He rushed three times for eight yards before exiting the game. Tavon Young returned it for a touchdown to give the Ravens the win. But one Charger has already heard enough from Ravens fans for one lifetime. The under is 7-3 in Chargers last 10 games overall.

The Chargers bring a one-game win streak into this contest, as they defeated the Denver Broncos, 23-9, on December 30. Their only loss in the final six weeks came against Baltimore. Phillip Rivers continues to be the spark for the Chargers. Veteran cornerback Casey Hayward also is having another solid season.

The pair continue to debate what will go down during Sunday's playoff game, with Gordon throwing in his two cents about "that running back" on the Chargers.

Henry finished third on the Chargers in receptions (45) and receiving yards (579) last season. No matter how you slice it, the Chargers are the better team from top to bottom. Won't happen again. Rivers' arsenal of receivers might include gifted TE Hunter Henry (ACL), who has rehabbed all season.

Nose Tackle Brandon Mebane is listed as Doubtful. If Gordon is back to full health, he's a game-breaking weapon that even Wink Martindale and the Ravens defense will have major difficulty corralling for 60 minutes.

Have to wonder if John Harbaugh is at least thinking about when he'd turn to Joe Flacco.

After a slippery first half, some Ravens fans on Twitter are questioning whether or not Ravens' coach John Harbaugh should put back in Joe Flacco over now starting QB Lamar Jackson. Return here throughout Sunday's 1 p.m. game for real-time recaps and analysis.