Ravens Rout Chiefs, 30-7, Move On To Face Steelers In Divisional Round

The Ravens will head to Pittsburgh for their third meeting with the Steelers this season after dominating the Chiefs in the Wild Card round.

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NFL Playoffs, Ravens Vs. Chiefs: VIDEO Ed Reed Gets Game Ball, Gives Emotional Speech

The Baltimore Ravens routed the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday 30-7 in an impressive performance from their defense. What else is new?

Ed Reed garnered four tackles in the game. It was something that Reed even played at all, considering what he and his family are currently going through as they await word on Reed's missing brother Brian.

The Pro Bowl safety left Kansas City immediately following the game on a private jet to get back to his family. Before boarding, however, Reed was awarded the game ball by his teammates. After receiving the ball, Reed took a moment to address his teammates. His speech was short but encapsulated everything you need to know about the man, his family and his team.

Brian Reed has been missing since Friday, when he apparently jumped into the Mississippi River. His shoes and jacket have been found but the search for him was called off yesterday.

At the moment, expect Reed to play for the Ravens next week against the Steelers. Especially since all his brother wanted was to see Ed and Baltimore beat Pittsburgh.

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NFL Playoffs: Ravens Fans Will Enjoy Complete Game Over Chiefs

The first half Baltimore Ravens weren't quite the same as the second half Baltimore Ravens this weekend as they defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 30-7 en route to a divisional round matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Ravens were down 7-3 late in the first half before a Ray Rice touchdown gave them a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

Ravens fans should be celebrating this win because they walked into Arrowhead Stadium, where the Chiefs had won 7 of 8 games, and dominated the Chiefs. SB Nation's Baltimore Beatdown recognizes the importance of this win and says fans can enjoy it -- but only for a little bit. That's because Pittsburgh is the next stop.

If you thought the victory over the New Orleans Saints was a complete game, it couldn't hold a candle to this one. Another road playoff victory for head coach John Harbaugh, QB Joe Flacco and the road warriors. Next week it is onto Pittsburgh to face the Steelers on Saturday at 4:30pm. For now, enjoy!

The Ravens get the short week to prepare for the Steelers in what will be hyped as one of the best games of the year.  Ravens players should enjoy the Chiefs game while they can because going to Pittsburgh will not be the same type of game. 

Check out Baltimore Beatdown for more on the game. 

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NFL Playoffs, Ravens Vs. Chiefs: Baltimore Punishes Kansas City, 30-7

It's all over in Kansas City, where the Ravens left the Chiefs black and blue.

The Ravens forced five Chiefs turnovers and blanked Kansas City in the second half, turning a close game into a 30-7 blowout with 27 unanswered points.

Joe Flacco threw for 265 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. Ray Rice added 99 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown, and Todd Heap caught 10 passes for 108 yards.

The Ravens defense recovered from early struggles to contain Jamaal Charles, who scored the first rushing touchdown of more than 30 yards against the Ravens since 2005 with a 41-yard run in the first quarter. Charles finished with 82 yards on nine carries, and fumbled once.

Matt Cassel was forced to throw after the Chiefs fell well behind, and wasn't able to do much against the Ravens. He completed just nine of 18 passes, and threw three interceptions.

With the win, Baltimore moves on to play familiar AFC North foe Pittsburgh. It will be the third time the Ravens and Steelers have met this season.

Looking for fellow fans? Check out Baltimore Beatdown and Arrowhead Pride for game threads to follow along.

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NFL Playoffs, Ravens Vs. Chiefs: Willis McGahee Touchdown Seals Win

When they needed it to, the Ravens' running game put the Chiefs on ice.

Willis McGahee burst up the middle for a 25-yard touchdown run to finish a 15-play, 80-yard drive that killed 10:20 of clock and gave the Ravens a 30-7 lead. That score should end this one for certain, bringing the curtains down on the Chiefs' surprising 2010 season.

It didn't look like a blowout-to-be from the beginning — if anything, the Chiefs' explosiveness on the ground early made it seem like they might run away with the game — but the Ravens ended drives early and often with turnovers and third down stops, and made Matt Cassel look skittish on virtually every dropback.

Anyone have stats on how often teams come back from 23-point deficits with less than half a quarter left in the playoffs? No? Huh. That might explain why fans have filed out of Arrowhead Stadium. (McGahee mocked the Chiefs' tomahawk chop after his touchdown.)

The Ravens will move on to play the Steelers next weekend when they win. That AFC North grudge match is always good for more than a few bruises.

Looking for fellow fans? Check out Baltimore Beatdown and Arrowhead Pride for game threads to follow along.

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NFL Playoffs, Ravens Vs. Chiefs: Joe Flacco Finds Anquan Boldin For Second Touchdown

If the rout isn't on in Kansas City, it's at the very least dangerously close.

A second Matt Cassel interception gave the Ravens the ball deep in Chiefs territory, and the Ravens went 31 yards in six plays to score their second touchdown of the day.

Joe Flacco found Anquan Boldin in the back of the end zone for the four-yard touchdown pass. With the extra point, the score is now 23-7 in the Chiefs' favor.

And it might have been worse: Cassel fumbled on a hit by Lardarius Webb, and the Ravens recovered. But the Chiefs challenged the ruling on the field, and the ruling was overturned, giving the Chiefs a stay of execution of sorts.

If that play had been upheld, it would have been the Chiefs' fourth turnover of the third quarter. As it was, the Chiefs could only run one more play in the period, and will head into the fourth quarter down by 16 after being outscored 13-0 in the third quarter.

15 minutes remain. Can the Chiefs stage a massive comeback?

Looking for fellow fans? Check out Baltimore Beatdown and Arrowhead Pride for game threads to follow along.

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NFL Playoffs, Ravens Vs. Chiefs: Baltimore Bolsters Lead With Field Goals

The Chiefs offense is stalling. And the Ravens keep tacking on points.

After an eventful drive that featured an interception that turned into a fumble recovery for Jamaal Charles and a fourth-down stop by the Ravens, the Chiefs gave Baltimore great field position. And Joe Flacco helped the Ravens capitalize on it, moving them into the red zone before the Chiefs defense forced a field goal try.

The Ravens' Billy Cundiff hit that field goal, a 29-yarder, to give the Ravens a 13-7 lead in Kansas City.

Then another Chiefs turnover, a Dexter McCluster fumble, lead to a third Cundiff field goal. Things are close to getting out of reach for the Chiefs.

The Chiefs' inability to do much through the air is becoming a serious problem. Matt Cassel hasn't thrown to Dwayne Bowe all day, is averaging less than six yards per pass attempt, and was saved from a turnover by Charles' heads-up play after the interception.

If the Chiefs are going to get back into this one, it will likely take a sustained drive. And though Charles has been running well, a drive will likely require some help from Cassel's arm.

Looking for fellow fans? Check out Baltimore Beatdown and Arrowhead Pride for game threads to follow along.

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NFL Playoffs, Ravens Vs. Chiefs: Ray Rice Gets Touchdown Catch Before Halftime

Baltimore still can't seem to move the ball on the ground. But Joe Flacco and the Ravens' passing game are picking up the slack.

The Ravens got a touchdown through the air on their final drive of the first half, after Flacco found Ray Rice wide open and hit him for a nine-yard touchdown pass. It's the first ever touchdown catch for a Baltimore running back in a playoff game, and just the second touchdown pass in a playoff game for Flacco.

It's also the culmination of a incremental, clock-killing Ravens passing attack that has dominated the first half. The Ravens held the ball for over 20 minutes in the first two quarters, and ran 42 plays to the Chiefs' 17 in the first half. Flacco has yet to complete a pass of over 30 yards, but the Ravens have been dynamite on third downs, converting on six of their nine attempts.

The flip side of that is the Baltimore defense's new susceptibility to the big play. Jamaal Charles is averaging 12.4 yards per carry, and the Chiefs are collectively gaining 8 yards per rush.

Looking for fellow fans? Check out Baltimore Beatdown and Arrowhead Pride for game threads to follow along.

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NFL Playoffs, Ravens Vs. Chiefs: Jamaal Charles Runs 41 Yards For Touchdown

The Kansas City Chiefs have taken the early lead against the Baltimore Ravens thanks to a big 41-yard touchdown run from running back Jamaal Charles. Kansas City now leads 10-3 late in the first quarter.

The touchdown run came on just the second play of the Chiefs drive, which started on a short field thanks to a turnover forced by the Chiefs’ defense. Joe Flacco dropped back to pass, but was stripped of the ball. He appeared to recover it temporarily, but Kansas City ultimately came out of the pile with the ball.

The first play of the drive was a botched flea-flicker attempt, after which Charles blew past the Ravens’ defense for the score. Both Ray Lewis and Ed Reed appeared to have a shot at Charles, but neither could bring down the speedy running back.

Check out Baltimore Beatdown and Arrowhead Pride for game threads to follow along.

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NFL Playoffs, Ravens Vs. Chiefs: Kansas City Gets Goal Line Stand, Baltimore Leads 3-0

The Ravens marched down the field with a passing attack that the Chiefs couldn't seem to stop. But when they got to the threshold of the end zone, Kansas City wouldn't let them in.

The Chiefs staged a goal line stand after the Ravens had goal to go from the Kansas City 1, and held Baltimore to just three points on a Billy Cundiff field goal after an impressive opening drive.

A fumbled snap by Joe Flacco, a run for nothing by Willis McGahee, and a superb pass breakup by rookie Eric Berry all helped stop the Ravens from getting their final yard.

Flacco was efficient through the air on the the opening drive, completing five of his nine passes for 69 yards. That's where all of the Ravens' yards came from: four carries on the drive combined to net zero yards.

The Chiefs will now have a chance to take the lead on their first drive.

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Ed Reed Will Reportedly Play In Ravens-Chiefs Playoff Game, Despite Missing Brother

The brother of Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed is still missing, and there was some doubt as to whether Reed would be able to join his team on their flight to Kansas City. According to one report, though, Reed has decided to catch the plane and play against the Chiefs in Sunday's playoff game. Jason La Canfora reports:

Friend of Ed Reed's family tells me he is on way to airport now to meet Ravens for flight to KC. He will play with a heavy heart

The last 24 hours of Reed's life have doubtlessly been a whirlwind. There is precedent, though, for athletes taking the field shortly after a personal tragedy. It looks as though the plan is for Reed to start at safety on Sunday, but in the meantime, we join Reed and his family in hoping for the best.

For more on Ed Reed and the Ravens, check in with SB Nation's Ravens blog, Baltimore Beatdown.

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Ed Reed's Brother Missing; Ravens Safety May Not Travel With Team To Playoff Game Vs. Chiefs

On Friday, it was reported that Brian Reed, brother of Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed, has gone missing. Police reported that Brian Reed, in an apparent attempt to elude arrest, jumped into the Mississippi River. Authorities have yet to find any evidence that he has re-surfaced. From New Orleans' WWL-TV:

The suspect jumped into the river, went about 15 feet according to the deputy,” said Sgt. Dwayne LaGrange, a spokesman for the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office. “At some particular point they said he did witness hands and head come up and go under the water and never resurface again.”

Deputies say Reed stopped his car on the side of River Road. His car matched the description of a vehicle they say almost ran another driver off the road.

Deputies later determined Reed may have been driving a stolen car.

LaGrange said just as officers were cuffing Reed, he took off running.

Understandably, Ed Reed may not be traveling to Kansas City with his Ravens for Sunday's playoff game against the Chiefs. Jason La Canfora reports:

Ravens supporting Ed Reed and his family with his brother missing. Team unsure at this time whether he will travel with them to KC at 2pm

This incident, of course, is far more important than any playoff game could be, and we are hoping the best for Brian Reed and his family. Until we learn more, let's briefly turn to implications for Sunday's game: if Ed Reed, one of the Ravens' greatest assets, is unable to play, the defensive situation could be problematic for Baltimore -- especially if Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe is able to play.

For more on Ed Reed and the Ravens, check in with SB Nation's Ravens blog, Baltimore Beatdown.

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NFL Playoff Odds: Chiefs Are Home Underdogs Vs. Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens are heading to Arrowhead Stadium where the Kansas City Chiefs have won 7 of 8 games this year. The Chiefs have shown they're clearly a different team at Arrowhead versus on the road yet the oddsmakers still give Baltimore the edge as a three point favorite.

The reasons for a line like that are fairly obvious. First, no one really fully believes in the Chiefs to this point. They won 10 games from 2007-2009 until winning 10 in 2010 so they're relatively new to being a good team. Second, the Ravens are well tested on the road. While the Chiefs were at home the last two years, the Ravens were playing in five road playoff games winning three of them.

The Chiefs play the type of game where they won't let this get out of hand one way or the other. Three points is probably about right for the point spread. 

Both of these teams are built on running the ball and playing good defense which isn't a style that leads to a lot of blowouts. The three point line is right -- whether it's the Chiefs or Ravens winning is another story.

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2011 NFL Playoffs, Ravens Vs. Chiefs: Will Dwayne Bowe Play?

The Kansas City Chiefs are preparing to face the Baltimore Ravens in the wildcard round of the NFL playoffs and they began their preparation without WR Dwayne Bowe, who missed practice on Wednesday. This is concerning because as Bowe goes, so goes the Chiefs passing offense.

It sounds like Bowe just has a stomach bug or something like that and will be available to play for the Chiefs this Sunday against the Ravens. What had people concerned is that, on the day Bowe missed practice, the Chiefs also signed a receiver, Kevin Curtis. The last time a Chiefs player missed practice with an illness, and a player at his position was signed, it was Matt Cassel and an appendectomy.

The Chiefs will hit the practice field on Thursday and we'll find out if Bowe is there. If he's not able to play this weekend, then the Chiefs chances of beating the Ravens are reduced dramatically. If he is out there, then the Chiefs are still facing a tough game but it would be more realistic to think they could win.

Bowe lead the NFL in touchdown receptions this year and has been a favorite target of QB Matt Cassel this year. He is a critical part to the Chiefs game plan as they face the Ravens, who are one of the few teams capable of shutting down the Chiefs run game.

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2011 NFL Playoffs, Ravens Vs. Chiefs: Baltimore Is Early Favorite

The Baltimore Ravens are one of the hottest NFL teams and they'll have to go on the road to Kansas City to face the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in the wildcard round of the playoffs.  The Chiefs are widely considered the weakest AFC playoff team so the Ravens may have caught a break missing out on the Indianapolis Colts.

The Ravens are one of the league's most balanced teams on both sides of the ball. They have no major weaknesses and, as head coach John Harbaugh said on Sunday, they match up well with anyone. The Chiefs are still a young team which means they're inconsistent. When they're at the top of their game, they're very tough to beat at Arrowhead. But they've also shown an ability to flop at inopportune times. 

The Chiefs two biggest advantages are playing at home -- they're 7-1 in Arrowhead Stadium this year -- and their rushing attack. Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones are two of the league's best backs and the Chiefs boast the top ranked rushing attack. The Ravens, as they have been for what seems like the last decade, are among the best at stopping the run. This is your marquee matchup.

The Ravens are early favorites over the Chiefs -- 1-3 points depending where you look -- and have won on the road in the playoffs before. They've won three road playoff games in the last three years while the Chiefs have been at home the last three years. The experience factor goes to the Ravens.

Check out Baltimore Beatdown and Arrowhead Pride for more leading up to the game. 

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