Ravens’ win leaves K.C. Tucker-ed out
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.
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.
Succop’s 30-yard field goal late in the first half tied the game, but the Chiefs wasted an opportunity to put more points on the board. Rather than take a shot at the end zone from the Baltimore 43 with seconds left in the half, Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel elected to punt.
Kansas City had another 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 knotted 3-all.
Cassel was hurt midway through the fourth quarter when he was tackled by Haloti Ngata while completing a pass to Charles out of the backfield. Cassel remained flat on the ground for a couple minutes before walking off the field and up the tunnel.
Quinn entered and led the Chiefs to a field goal, but Flacco scrambled for 16 yards on third-and-15 with a couple minutes left in the game, and Rice plunged ahead for another first down on third-and-1 with just over a minute remaining to seal the outcome.
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