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Chargers shut out Ravens in first half

Malcom Floyd, Danario Alexander,Bernard Pollard

San Diego Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd (80) celebrates his touchdown with Danario Alexander, left, as Baltimore Ravens’ Bernard Pollard watches during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


Both quarterbacks have been under massive amounts of pressure in the first half of the Ravens-Chargers game in San Diego, but Philip Rivers has been able to keep it at bay long enough to put 10 points on the board for the Chargers.

That’s good enough for a 10-0 lead after 30 minutes as the Ravens offense appears to have missed the team’s flight to California. Joe Flacco has completed 8-of-16 passes for just 59 yards and he’s been sacked three times by a Chargers defense that’s played very well thus far. Rookie right tackle Kelechi Osemele has been a particular standout on the negative side of things as Chargers pass rushers keep passing him by as if he wasn’t even on the field.

The Ravens have picked up just 90 yards overall on 32 plays and have four third-down conversions to thank for allowing them to hold onto the ball long enough to keep the score from looking worse. It’s close enough that the Ravens aren’t more than a couple of plays from taking the lead, but the way they are protecting Flacco and the production of the throws Flacco is able to make doesn’t say much for their chances of making that happen.

Rivers has been dropped four times by the Ravens defense, but he’s had more success when given any time at all to make a throw. He’s 11-of-18 for 148 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown pass to Malcolm Floyd and key completions to Danario Alexander and Antonio Gates that set up a Nick Novak field goal. Rivers also hasn’t turned the ball over, which is an essential part of the recipe that the Chargers have taken to the lead.