Sunday, January 9, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Ravens 30, Chiefs 7
By James Walker
KANSAS CITY -- Here are early thoughts on the Baltimore Ravens' convincing playoff victory against the Kansas City Chiefs:
What it means: The Ravens won a wild-card game for the third straight year and improved to 7-3 all time on the road in the playoffs, which is an NFL-best mark since 1960. Baltimore will play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday at Heinz Field -- the third meeting between these teams this season. The Ravens and Steelers split the first two games, with each team winning on the road.
What I liked: Baltimore's defense was stellar and did a great job of quieting the crowd at Arrowhead Stadium. The Ravens' defense confused Kansas City and forced five turnovers (three interceptions, two fumbles) to put this game out of reach in the second half. With 10 catches for 108 yards, Ravens tight end Todd Heap had his best game of the season. Heap had seven catches in the first half.
What I didn't like: Not much. Baltimore struggled some in the red zone. It must convert for TDs instead of field goals if it is to advance.
What's next: Get ready for another brutal rivalry game between the Steelers and Ravens. This is the second time in three seasons these teams have played three times. The winner will play in the AFC Championship Game against the winner of Sunday's game between the New York Jets and New England Patriots.