For a fleeting second, it was 12-9 Chargers, with an extra point chance coming for the Ravens, and an entire quarter to play.

And just like that, it was 20-3 Chargers, with a mere quarter to play.

The AFC playoff game hinged on a controversial call at the start of the fourth, as Melvin Gordon tried to plunge into the end zone from a yard out and broke the plane — but the ball popped out as he hit the turf on a carry in which he already had bobbled the ball.

Baltimore’s Marlon Humphrey scooped what appeared to be a live ball up in the end zone, ran around the edge and bounced off a would-be Philip Rivers tackle, taking it all the way to the end zone, and Baltimore was on fire. And then, poof, the points disappeared.

The refs already had blown the play dead, a fact missed in all the commotion. And the replay review resulted in the officials determining there was no fumble at all, and the Chargers had the ball at the 1 all over again. A play later it was 20-3, and the Ravens’ hopes appeared dashed.

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