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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Baltimore Ravens had relied on their offense through the first four games of the season.
This time, their fearsome defense decided to show up.
The Chiefs have committed 19 turnovers through their first five games, the most this early since the New Orleans Saints had 21 of them to start the 1997 season.
Brady Quinn entered the game in place of Cassel and led Kansas City downfield, 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 clock.
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 of them had paid for a banner to be flown behind an airplane 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.
The Ravens‘ veteran defense, anchored by Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, always responded with its back against the wall, though. They forced a punt, a fumble on a pitch from Cassel to Cyrus Gray and an interception the first three times Kansas City ventured into their territory.
Flacco was just 7 of 17 for 64 yards and was sacked twice in the first half.
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