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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.

Rapid Reaction: Ravens 30, Chiefs 7

January, 9, 2011
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.




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