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Tucker's field goal gives Ravens 16-13 OT win

Tucker's field goal gives Ravens 16-13 OT win

SAN DIEGO (AP) Justin Tucker kicked a 38-yard field with 1:07 left in overtime to complete a stunning comeback for the Baltimore Ravens, who beat the staggering San Diego Chargers 16-13 on Sunday.

San Diego led 13-3 on Nick Novak's 30-yard field goal with 7:51 to go in regulation and seemed headed for its first win against a team with a winning record this season.

But the Ravens converted on fourth-and-29 from their 37 when Ray Rice caught a short pass from Joe Flacco and weaved through the defense to the San Diego 33 with 1:37 to play. After a review, the ball was moved back to the 34 and the refs measured. The new spot gave the Ravens a first down by the length of the ball.

Six plays later, Tucker kicked a 38-yard field goal to tie the game as regulation expired.

The Ravens (9-2) won their fourth straight and for the eighth time in nine games. The Chargers (4-7) were pushed closer to being eliminated from the playoff picture.

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Ravens' Timmy Jernigan raising game to become consistent force on defensive line

Ravens' Timmy Jernigan raising game to become consistent force on defensive line

Ravens third-year defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan is having his best start to a season, at one point taking over Sunday’s victory against the Jaguars.

During a stretch of just over six minutes in the fourth quarter, Jernigan sacked Blake Bortles, deflected a pass by Bortles, and tipped another pass by Bortles that was intercepted by Tavon Young.

Jernigan and Terrell Suggs lead the Ravens with three sacks apiece, and Jernigan leads the team’s defensive linemen with eight tackles. But Jernigan’s consistency has opened eyes this season.

“To take over a game in a sense, to stack big plays…he has flashed in the past,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh. “He does show up, then all of a sudden you kind of wonder where he went in past years. This year, I see him making play after play. He has really eliminated the negative plays. Even if he is not in great position, if he gets in an awkward spot, he seems to fight his way out of it and hustle to the ball. I think his motor is running really high right now, and he is doing a lot of good things.”

The Ravens have three defensive tackles consistently winning their battles up front – Jernigan, Brandon Williams, and undrafted rookie Michael Pierce. If that trio continues to be disruptive up front, expect the Ravens’ defensive success to continue as well.

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Veteran Terrell Suggs making his snaps count, helps Ravens to 3-0 start

Veteran Terrell Suggs making his snaps count, helps Ravens to 3-0 start

The Ravens are monitoring Terrell Suggs’ snap count, coming off a season-ending Achilles injury in 2015 and playing his 14th NFL season. However, Suggs made key plays for the Ravens in Week 3, and his best could be yet to come.

Suggs had two sacks against the Jaguars, including one on their final drive that helped seal the Ravens’ 19-17 victory. The veteran outside linebacker played 37 snaps against the Jaguars, and he hasn’t played more than 39 snaps in any of the first three games. But when the Ravens needed big plays down the stretch in Jacksonville, Suggs was fresh enough and good enough to deliver.

“For Terrell Suggs – I think he is a great example – to pull off the big plays that he pulled off with the sacks and the run stop at the end of that game, to be in that kind of shape that you have to be in to do something like that in that kind of heat says it all,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

Suggs admitted he was drained by the heat and humidity in Jacksonville.

“I kept using the hose on the sideline, drinking water,” Suggs said after the game. “Anytime you get a sack and I can’t celebrate afterward, that shows you. I was in shape, I thought I hydrated enough, but apparently not. This Florida sun got me again.”

Suggs knows that some people aren’t sold on the Ravens’ 3-0 start, but he doesn’t care. He expects the Ravens to be at their best late in the season, when the stakes are highest. And Suggs expects the same for himself.

"A win's a win's, they all count," Suggs said. "What's more important, they're three AFC wins...This is the NFL man, you can't take no wins for granted, as we all learned last year. Three-and-O is 3-0, no matter what y'all say about it."

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