Sunday, January 9, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Ravens 30, Chiefs 7
By Bill Williamson
KANSAS CITY -- A look at a game that got away from the home team Chiefs in the second half.
What it means: The Chiefs’ season is over. The Chiefs were a surprise division winner in the AFC West with a 10-6 season after winning a grand total of 10 games in the past three seasons.
Tomorrow’s talker: The Kansas City offense fell apart in the two games since it broke that offensive coordinator Charlie Weis was leaving for the same position at the University of Florida. Kansas City scored a total of 17 points in losses to Oakland last week and Sunday against the Ravens, both of which were home games. Did Weis’ pending departure play a role in the Chiefs’ offensive falter? Perhaps not, but Kansas City fans will long wonder.
Trending: The Chiefs had five turnovers Sunday. They had 14 in the regular season, which was one more than the previous record for a 16-game season. The Chiefs’ sloppy play helped Baltimore run away after having a 10-7 lead at halftime.
Home blues: The Chiefs won their first seven games of the season at the New Arrowhead Stadium. It was considered one of the toughest houses to play at in the league. Yet, in its two final home games of the season, Kansas City was outscored 61-17 at home.
Building block: No matter how this season ended, this was a better-than-expected year in Kansas City and the young Chiefs should be a team to reckon with for the next few seasons.
What’s next: Baltimore, the No. 5 seed, plays at No. 2 seed Pittsburgh on Saturday. The Chiefs will plan for the draft.