Baltimore Sun photo by Christopher T. Assaf
October 7, 2012
What happened: The Ravens escaped Arrowhead Stadium with an ugly win, relying on three Tucker field goals and the Chiefs' offensive ineptitude. Kansas City committed four turnovers and the Ravens' defense stiffened after allowing 179 rushing yards in the first half. Leading by three with 4:34 to play, the Ravens ran out the clock, thanks largely to a 16-yard Flacco scramble on third-and-15.
Star of the game: Tucker accounted for all his team's points. He converted field goals as the Ravens won without scoring a touchdown for the first time in five years.
Turning point: With the score tied at three and the Ravens' Deonte Thompson having just fumbled the opening kickoff of the second half, the Chiefs drove down to the 1-yard line and appeared poised to take the lead. However, Kansas City's mistake-prone quarterback Matt Cassel fumbled the snap and Ravens safety Ed Reed recovered it.
Key stats: Cassel and his backup, Brady Quinn, combined to complete just 11 passes for 124 yards and two interceptions. After rushing for 125 yards in the first half, Jamaal Charles managed only 15 yards rushing the rest of the way. Rice rushed for 102 yards.
Quote: "The ones that count the most are never the prettiest. The ones that count the most are the ones that you have to fight through," Lewis said. "Anybody on each side of the ball will tell you that they'll take a 'W' before anything. For us to go home right now 4-1 is huge."