The wild card round of the 2019 NFL playoffs concludes on Sunday, with the Baltimore Ravens at home against the Los Angeles Chargers and the Chicago Bears hosting the Philadelphia Eagles.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the Chargers’ trip to Baltimore.
When and where is the game?
The matchup between Ravens and Chargers will kick off at 1:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 6 at the M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland.
How did both teams get to the playoffs?
The Ravens won their last three regular-season games, clinching the AFC North title for the first time in six years.
The NFL’s second-meanest defense in terms of points allowed per game was a major factor in the Ravens’ 10-6 record, the franchise’s joint-best finish since the 2011 season.
The Chargers’ offense, which ranked sixth-best in the league in terms of points scored and yards gained per game, had a taste of the Ravens’ defense two weeks ago.
In Week 16, Baltimore won 22-10 in Los Angeles, keeping the Chargers to a season-low 198 total yards. The result saw the Chargers slip to 11-4 and while they won their final game of the season, they failed to prise the AFC East title away from the Kansas City Chiefs’ grasp.
Both teams went 12-4, the best record in the AFC, but while the Chiefs secured a first-round bye, the Chargers will travel to Baltimore on Sunday.
Playing away from Los Angeles will not necessarily be an issue for the Chargers, who are 7-1 on the road this season. The only defeat, however, came when playing the Los Angeles Rams.
Players to keep an eye on
Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is set to become the youngest signal-caller to start a playoff game when he lines up on Sunday. At the other end of the spectrum, 37-year-old Philip Rivers begins what could be his final quest for that elusive Super Bowl title.
The veteran has enjoyed the best season of his career, finishing in the top 10 in terms of touchdown-to-interception ratio, completion percentage and total quarterback rating (70.2).
Where can I watch the game?
CBS will broadcast the game live but, as usual, there are a variety of other options to keep up with the action, including a host of paid streaming services.
While all four providers offer on-demand content, in many markets live content is not available, therefore it is worth checking on their websites which live channels are available in your area.
The game is also available via the CBS app.
Which team is favorite?
Betway has the Ravens -3, while the over/under is set at 41.5
Willie Snead #83 of the Baltimore Ravens runs the ball as Casey Hayward #26 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks to defend during the first half of a game at StubHub Center on December 22, 2018 in Carson, California. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images
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