No. 2: Melvin Ingram, January 6, 2019
Lamar Jackson has taken over the NFL in 2019 and is this year’s likely MVP of the league. But the last time a team really handled him and shut him down, it was the Chargers.
In last year’s Wild Card round, the Chargers were forced to go on the road despite a 12-4 record against a team that had beaten them earlier in the season. Though the real game ball for this game should go to defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, Ingram led the defense to a major win.
Ingram wreaked havoc against the Ravens in this game as the entire defense gave Jackson fits. As hard as this might be to believe to read right now, Jackson was so bad that there was talk all over social media during the game as to why the Ravens weren’t benching Jackson and putting Joe Flacco in the game.
The Ravens were able to rally a bit in the final quarter to make the score look closer than the game really was and to make Jackson’s stats look better than he actually played.
Ingram was the guy who really stepped up in this game, registering two sacks. Then, as the Ravens had one last desperation drive with seconds left in the game, Ingram recovered a fumble to seal the victory after Uchenna Nwosu knocked the ball out of the hands of Jackson.