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Blown 4th-and-29 vs Ravens was San Diego's Bill Buckner moment of 2012

In a sense, it was the San Diego Chargers' Bill Buckner moment of 2012.

Although nothing as momentous as a World Series title was on the line, the Chargers' desperate attempt to reach the postseason — and save their coach's job — took a hit with their stunning inability to stop Ray Rice and the Baltimore Ravens from converting on fourth-and-29 late in regulation Sunday.

The Ravens forced overtime and then won it 16-13. The Chargers (4-7) were pushed closer to oblivion and with it the expected end of the Norv Turner era.

Letting Rice convert on a simple dump-off pass was right up there with the Chargers blowing that 24-0 halftime lead against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, and letting former teammate Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints escape from a 10-point, second-half deficit.

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