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Three guarantees for Chargers-Patriots playoff game

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - JANUARY 06: Melvin Ingram #54 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates after sacking Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens during the third quarter in the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 06, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - JANUARY 06: Melvin Ingram #54 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates after sacking Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens during the third quarter in the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 06, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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With the Los Angeles Chargers gearing up for a colossal clash with the New England Patriots on Sunday, do not be shocked to see remnants of last week’s game in the upcoming AFC divisional round tilt. 

The Chargers defensive gameplan against the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Wild Card last week was nearly flawless.

It was also quite gutsy.

Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley decided to put up to seven defensive backs in the game on multiple occasions. This included having three defensive backs line up as linebackers in an effort to bring speed to a run defense tasked with containing Baltimore’s lethal rushing attack.

The outlandish strategy worked wonders, leading the Bolts to a 23-17 win. But what also elevated the Chargers’ defensive play was the jaw-dropping performance of defensive end Melvin Ingram. He flustered the Ravens offensive line and the dual-threat quarterback they were blocking for, Lamar Jackson.

Ingram’s Wild Card round display will not fade away, but rather it should carry over to Sunday’s matchup with the New England Patriots in Foxboro, Massachusetts. That and two other guarantees for this AFC divisional round clash are further dissected in the following slides.

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