A three-phase stinker in San Diego

Poor offense - check. The Ravens scored just 14 points, put up only 290 total yards, and Joe Flacco threw two interceptions.

Poor defense - check. The Ravens allowed San Diego to rack up 415 total yards, including 145 on the ground, and they let the Chargers convert 6-of-10 third downs. To make matters worse, the only times all night that the Chargers didn’t finish a drive with points were when they missed a short field goal and then failed to convert on fourth down in junk time.

Poor special teams - check. Billy Cundiff missed a 36-yard field goal on the opening drive of the game, making him 2-of-5 in the month of December and setting up the Chargers’ first score with strong field position.

The Ravens were badly outplayed and badly outcoached in their 34-14 loss to a San Diego team which entered the game with a 6-7 record.

It was a complete and utter stomping on a day when the Ravens could have solidified their standing as one of the top teams in the conference.

Instead, John Harbaugh’s team allowed big play after big play down the field, and failed to create any shot plays themselves until a late Torrey Smith score late in the fourth quarter.

They turned the ball over twice, and failed to force a single Chargers giveaway despite going up against a quarterback who had thrown the second-most interceptions in the league coming into this week. They didn’t record a single sack all night, and allowed San Diego to post seven - yes, seven - sacks themselves.

Yuck. Yuck all around.

Two former Ravens had studly performances against their old team. Jared Gaither was a force at the left tackle spot holding Terrell Suggs in check all night, while outside linebacker Antwan Barnes had four sacks in a dominant effort.

It will be a long flight back to Baltimore for a Ravens team which suddenly finds itself in second place in the AFC North and holding the No. 5 seed in the conference. This after they could’ve had the edge for the No. 1 seed with a win in San Diego.

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