The Kansas City Chiefs were stifled by the Baltimore Ravens defense, 30–7, on Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium in the second AFC wildcard game.
Matt Cassell, who this season threw only five interceptions, was rushed, sacked, hurried, and pressured all day long by the Ravens defense. As a result, he threw three interceptions to go with only 70 yards passing.
The vaunted No. 1-ranked rushing attacks of the Chiefs (10–7) was limited 97 yards. The lone bright spot during the game was Jamaal Charles, who rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown on nine carries.
On the other side of the ball, the Ravens (13–4) quarterback Joe Flacco easily sliced up the Chiefs secondary, throwing for 265 yards and two touchdowns, completing 25 of 34 attempts.
Baltimore led 10–7 at the half, and it only went downhill from there for the Chiefs.
Receiver Dexter McCluster fumbled in the third quarter, but the Chiefs were able to hold the Ravens to only a field goal, making the score 16–7.
However, on the ensuing Chiefs possession, quarterback Matt Cassel threw an interception to Ravens safety Dawan Landry. The Ravens were able to turn that into a touchdown, resulting in a 23–7 score.
The Chiefs were unable to get their offense going or stop Ravens running back Willis McGahee from scoring the final touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff also kicked three field goals.
With the win, the Ravens will face AFC North rival the Pittsburgh Steelers next week in the divisional round of the playoffs.
"It's going to be like it always is—a big physical football game, a lot of fun to play in, and a lot of fun to watch," Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said of next week’s game in an interview with CBS.
During the regular season, the Steelers and Ravens split two games, with each team winning only by a field goal.