Before the first ball was even kicked, Arrowhead Stadium was filled with pink in support of the NFL’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As the game began, the pink turned to Red as the Chiefs defense battled in a hard fought game that came down to only five field goals deciding the outcome of a week five matchup with the visiting Baltimore Ravens.
The first fifteen minutes of the game saw the special teamers getting a solid workout. With two consecutive possessions for each team ending in punts, the Chiefs mounted a drive late in the first quarter that took them into enemy territory. The drive was stalled when QB
The defense would not allow the Ravens offense to remain on the field very long – on the afternoon, the Chiefs held nearly a 10-minute advantage in time of possession through four quarters.
This was the case partly because of a punishing run defense and partly because of a pass rush that pressured QB Joe Flacco all day, racking up four sacks and holding one of the League’s most prolific passing offenses to no trips to the end zone and only 187 yards through the air.
A late second quarter field goal by K
Heading into the third quarter, on the opening kickoff, former Raven, LB
Turnovers once again haunted the Chiefs and this game found them victim of four more, however, on this day, the defense would hold yet again.
Unable to capitalize on the recovery, the Ravens had to settle for three more points on K Justin Tucker’s 26-yard field goal.
Later in that quarter, after a three and out by the Chiefs, CB
The favor, however, would be returned as only a few plays later Baltimore responded with their own interception, snaring a wild ball out of WR
With four turnovers and a quarter remaining, the Chiefs were once again, hurting themselves. Head coach, Romeo Crennel had commented earlier this week that eliminating fumbles and interceptions had been their main focus at practice and his concerns would come to life Sunday afternoon. The Cassel interception would lead to yet another Tucker field goal.
With the game still hanging in the balance, the fourth quarter got underway and the Chiefs found themselves facing a six-point deficit and potentially another home loss.
On their second possession of the final stanza, the Chiefs drove 70 yards and reached pay dirt when
A frenzied Arrowhead crowd hoped the Chiefs would get one final crack at possession, but a Ray Rice third down run put the ball inches past the first down marker. The conversion left the Ravens to line up in victory formation and forced the Chiefs to retreat to the locker-room and look forward to a trip to Tampa next week.
- Tamba Hali registered two sacks; three for the season
- Justin Houston recorded two sacks; has six for the season
- Charles rushed 140 yards
- Quinn made his first NFL appearance in two years
- Brandon Flowers notched another interception, 2nd on the year.
- Ryan Succop 2/2 and has now made 8/9 Field Goals in 2012