Let’s examine some of the statistics the fine folks at ESPN Stats & Information crunched after the Kansas City Chiefs 30-7 loss to Baltimore in an AFC wild-card game Sunday. It’s easy to see how this game got out of hand in the second half when the Ravens outscored the Chiefs 20-0:
Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco controlled the game clock by effectively passing down the middle of the field. Flacco completed 18 of 21 passes with two touchdown passes down the middle of the field. He averaged 9.8 yards per attempt and had a passer rating of 139.1.
The Chiefs led the NFL in lowest opponent completion percentage, yards per attempts, touchdown and passer rating on plays the Chiefs’ used secondary blitzes. Sunday, the Chiefs didn’t have much success on those plays. Flacco completed 80 percent of his passes and had a 115.0 passer rating on plays they blitzed a defensive back.
Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles had more first downs on sideline rushes than any player in the NFL. He had 10 yards on the sideline plays Sunday after having 541 yards and averaging 8.6 yards per run.
Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel had trouble dealing with the Ravens’ defense when they rushed five or more defenders. Cassel averaged 2.9 yards an attempt Sunday against a five-plus man rush after averaging 6.8 yards all season. His passer rating against the extra pass rush Sunday was 22.2. It was 103.5 for the season.
All three of Baltimore’s interceptions against Cassel came on plays when the Ravens used nickel-and-dime defensive packages.