From 1997 to the present, the Chargers have only allowed their opponents to rush for 94.5 yards per game, third lowest in the NFL. Only the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers have bested that mark.
The San Diego Chargers held the Baltimore Ravens to 45 total yards in the first half. The longest play from scrimmage surrendered was nine yards and that come with under two minutes to go in the half. In the Bolts opening two wins, they allowed 45 first half yards to Oakland and just 15 to Tennessee in week two.
"We didn't get any breaks in the first two quarters," Ravens quarterback Steve McNair said. "We kept beating ourselves. It's not pretty every week."
"They just play solid defense," Ravens running back Jamal Lewis, who was held to 34 yards on 15 carries, added. "They play sound defense up front, its not no superstars, its just everybody plays their position and we just kept going and just kept putting it in there and just didn't let them get away from us. Our defense played spectacular and they came up with the big plays when we needed them."
For the first time since 2004, Jamal Lewis was unable to convert a 3rd-and-1 opportunity. Jamal Williams made the stop when Lewis tried to vault in the air to make the first down.
The Chargers had won four straight games coming off the bye week, having their streak snapped on Sunday in a 16-13 loss.
"We had quite a win against one incredible opponent," Baltimore head coach Brian Billick said. "The character that we had to show – to do what we did out there in a 15-round boxing match."
On the 69th pass attempt of the season, Philip Rivers was sacked for the first time. It came on the last play of the game.
The Chargers blew four fourth quarter leads in 2005 and their first of the season on Sunday.
The Chargers ran the ball on 13 of their first 14 plays to open the second half.
San Diego went 2-of-13 on third down conversions, good for 15 percent. The team was penalized ten times for 77 yards.
Antonio Cromartie made his first kickoff return of the year in the fourth quarter, taking it 16 yards.
Playing in his first game since being activated from the practice squad, Steve Gregory committed a false start penalty on a kickoff. It moved field position from the 18 to the 45 after a 15-yard face mask penalty. Gregory would have a pass defensed in the second half.