Kansas City Chiefs (1-3) vs. Baltimore Ravens (3-1)
Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012 - 12:00 p.m. CT Arrowhead Stadium
Play-by-Play: Kevin Harlan - Color Commentator: Solomon Wilcots
Chiefs FOX Football Radio Network - KCFX-FM (101.1 FM in Kansas City)
Play-by-play: Mitch Holthus - Color Commentator: Len Dawson - Sideline Reporter: Kendall Gammon
Chiefs Spanish Radio
La Gran D (1340 AM) - Play-by-Play: Enrique Morales - Color Commentator: Oscar Monterroso - Sideline Reporter: Ricardo Soto
THIS WEEK'S MATCHUP
The Kansas City Chiefs host the Baltimore Ravens in an AFC matchup on Sunday, Oct. 7. Kickoff is slated for 12 p.m. at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Chiefs are currently 1-3 and coming off of a home loss to the San Diego Chargers while the Ravens are 3-1 and have won two straight games at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
In Sunday’s loss to the Chargers, the Chiefs fell 37-20 and were limited due to six turnovers. San Diego got out to a 20-0 first-half lead and never trailed. The Chargers controlled time of possession, holding the ball for 33:52.
The Chiefs cut into the San Diego lead with a 37-yard TD run by RB Jamaal Charles and a 13-yard TD pass from QB Matt Cassel to Charles to narrow the margin to 27-13 with 8:40 left in the third quarter, but Kansas City was not able to get any closer.
WR Dwayne Bowe caught a 29-yard TD pass from Cassel with 5:29 left in regulation to again pull the Chiefs with 14 points at 34-20. Bowe finished with game-highs of seven receptions and 108 yards. For the second time in three weeks, he eclipsed the century mark.
Charles rushed for 92 yards on 17 carries (5.4 avg.) and now has 325 rushing yards over the past two games.
CB Brandon Flowers registered his first interception of the season and the 14th of his career while DE Ropati Pitoitua notched a career-best 2.0 sacks in his fi rst career start. LB Jovan Belcher led the team with seven tackles. S Eric Berry and LB Derrick Johnson both added six tackles. LB Tamba Hali notched five tackles, his fi rst sack of the season and two tackles for loss.
Baltimore is coming off a stretch when they played four games in 18 days. The Ravens held on for a 23-16 victory last Thursday over the Cleveland Browns. QB Joe Flacco completed 28 of 46 passes for 356 yards and a TD.
RB Ray Rice accounted for 96 yards from scrimmage on 18 rushes and eight receptions. WR Anquan Boldin caught nine passes for 131 yards (14.6 avg.) while WR Torrey Smith added six catches for 97 yards and a TD.
Defensively, the Ravens are led by LB Ray Lewis, who is in his 17th season, and S Ed Reed, who is in his 11th year. LB Dannell Ellerbe leads the team with 2.5 sacks while DT Haloti Ngata has 2.0 QB takedowns. CB Lardarius Webb and S Bernard Pollard, are active in the secondary along with CB Cary Williams, who returned an interception 63 yards for a TD in the third quarter to give Baltimore a two-score lead against Cleveland.
CHIEFS-RAVENS SERIES HISTORY
Sunday’s contest marks the sixth regular season matchup and seventh overall meeting between the Chiefs and Ravens. Kansas City owns a 3-2 advantage in the regular season series, while Baltimore claimed a 30-7 victory in an AFC Wild Card contest on Jan. 9, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Chiefs won the fi rst three games between the teams by a combined score of 79-42 with all of the contests being played at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
In the 2009 season opener, both squads battled to a 24-24 tie with less than three minutes remaining before Baltimore scored two late touchdowns to claim a 38-24 victory.
On Dec. 10, 2006, the Ravens earned a 20-10 victory at Arrowhead Stadium to snap the Chiefs’ 18-game home winning streak in December, dating back to Dec. 21, 1997.
Kansas City earned its first victory of the 2004 season in Week 4 with a 27-24 win at Baltimore on Monday Night Football behind 125 rushing yards and two TDs from RB Priest Holmes, a former Ravens player. QB Trent Green passed for 223 yards and a TD to TE Jason Dunn in the contest.
On Sept. 28, 2003, WR Dante Hall returned a kickoff 97 yards for a TD to break a 10-10 tie with 5:08 remaining in regulation. It marked the third consecutive week that Hall returned a kick or punt for a score, a streak that would continue with a fourth return the following week to set an NFL record.
In the first meeting between the franchises, the Chiefs won 35-8 at Baltimore on Oct. 21, 1999 behind two TD receptions by TE Tony Gonzalez and interception return TDs from CB James Hasty and S Reggie Tongue.