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Tucker's field goals lift Ravens over Chiefs, 9-6
BALTIMORE 9, KANSAS CITY 6
By DAVE SKRETTA
AP Sports Writer
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Baltimore Ravens' hallmark for the
better part of a decade has been defense. It's what has carried
them to countless victories, playoff appearances and Super Bowl
Early in the season, it was the offense that bailed them out.
Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and the rest of the guys in black and purple
finally showed up at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. They shut down
Jamaal Charles and the rest of the Chiefs' offense in the second
half, and made a big fourth-quarter stand to depart Kansas City
with a 9-6 victory.
"This game is as hard as it gets," Lewis said. "We knew the kind
of game we were going to get out of these guys. We knew it would
be a tough sled. For us to come in and just keep fighting, keep
fighting, keep fighting, that's the one thing we talked about.
... Today was a big win for us."
The Ravens had the NFL's second-ranked offense through the first
four weeks of the season, but it faltered against an inspired
Kansas City defense. Ray Rice ran for 101 yards, but Joe Flacco
had just 187 yards passing and was picked off once.
Baltimore had to settle for three field goals by Justin Tucker
that turned out to be enough.
"The ones that count the most are never the prettiest," Lewis
said. "The ones that count the most are the ones that you have
to fight through. Anybody on each side of the ball will tell you
they'll take a `W' before anything. For us to go home right now
4-1 is huge."
About as huge as the hole Kansas City (1-4) has dug for itself.
Matt Cassel threw for just 92 yards, was intercepted twice and
credited with two lost fumbles before leaving in the fourth
quarter with what the Chiefs described as a head injury. Charles
had 140 yards rushing, but only 15 in the second half, when the
game was to be decided.
Kansas City has now committed 19 turnovers through its first
five games, the most this early since the New Orleans Saints had
21 of them to start the 1997 season.
"We just want to play a sound football game where we're not
dropping the ball as much," said Brady Quinn, who finished the
game out and appears likely to start at quarterback when the
Chiefs visit Tampa Bay next Sunday. "If we can fix that, we can
be a pretty solid team."
Quinn, who was 3 of 3 for 32 yards passing on his only series,
was greeted by applause from Kansas City fans when he entered
the game. Some had paid for a banner to be flown behind a plane
before the game asking for Cassel to be benched - and for Chiefs
ownership to fire general manager Scott Pioli, the architect of
a team that can't stop beating itself.
Quinn led the Chiefs downfield in the fourth quarter, but a pass
interference penalty by Dexter McCluster negated what would have
been a go-ahead touchdown pass to Dwayne Bowe. The Chiefs had to
settle for another field goal by Ryan Succop and play defense.
The Ravens managed to convert two third downs and run out the
"It's a good call. You can't pick a defender," Ravens coach John
Harbaugh said of the penalty on McCluster. "We're in man
coverage and they did it two or three times in the game."
Kansas City spent most of the first half handing off to Charles
and backup running back Shaun Draughn, doing everything in their
power to keep from having to make Cassel win the game.
Charles responded most of the first two quarters, routinely
gashing the Ravens defense for big gains. He had 125 yards
rushing at halftime, more yards than Baltimore had as an
Baltimore took advantage of the Chiefs' first turnover when
Tucker connected from 28 yards out with 1:21 left in the first
quarter, but Succop's 30-yarder sent the game to halftime tied.
Kansas City had a chance to pull ahead after Baltimore fumbled
the opening kickoff of the second half. Pass interference gave
the Chiefs the ball at the 1-yard line, but Cassel fumbled the
snap and Reed recovered it, keeping the game 3-all.
Tucker added a 26-yard field goal moments later, and after
Cassel was picked off on a pass that bounced off Bowe's helmet,
Tucker hit again from 39 yards to make it 9-3.
After the Chiefs' late field goal, Baltimore took over. Flacco
scrambled for 16 yards on third-and-15 with a couple minutes
left in the game, and Rice plunged for another first down with
just over a minute remaining to help run out the clock.
"A win is a win is a win, as they say. We knew that was a
talented team over there," Rice said. "We just tried to get a
win. That was the main objective coming out here."
Notes: Chiefs LBs Justin Houston and Tamba Hali each had two
sacks. ... Quinn played for the first time since Dec. 20, 2009,
with Cleveland. ... The Ravens had 298 yards of offense. They're
averaging 310.5 yards in two road games and 457 yards in four
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