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QB Matt Cassel hurt as Chiefs lose to Ravens, 9-6

Associated Press Modified: October 7, 2012 at 5:02 pm •  Published: October 7, 2012
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"They're a good defense," Flacco said. "I remember that from two years ago when we came here for the playoffs. We never really got in a rhythm the first half. The second half, I thought we played pretty good. We just didn't capitalize in the red zone."

Kansas City (1-4) spent most of the first half handing off to Charles and backup running back Shaun Draughn, doing everything in their power to keep from having to make Cassel win the game.

Charles responded most of the first two quarters, routinely gashing the Ravens defense for big gains. He had 125 yards rushing at halftime, more yards than Baltimore had as an offense.

Baltimore took advantage of the Chiefs' first turnover when Tucker connected from 28 yards out with 1:21 left in the first quarter, but Ryan Succop's 30-yarder sent the game to halftime tied 3-3.

Kansas City had a chance to pull ahead after Baltimore fumbled the opening kickoff of the second half. Pass interference gave the Chiefs the ball at the 1-yard line, but Cassel fumbled the snap and Reed recovered it, keeping the game tied.

Tucker added a 26-yard field goal moments later, and after Cassel was picked off on a pass that bounced off Bowe's helmet, Tucker hit again from 39 yards to make it 9-3.

Cassel was hurt midway through the fourth quarter. Quinn entered the game and thought he'd given the Chiefs the lead when he found Dwayne Bowe for a would-be touchdown, but Dexter McCluster was called for pass interference and the Chiefs had to settle for another field goal.

Flacco scrambled for 16 yards on third-and-15 with a couple minutes left in the game, and Rice plunged for another first down with just over a minute remaining to help run out the clock.

"We play a team game. It's offense, defense and special teams, and I need all of them clicking to make it happen, and they didn't click enough to make it happen today," said Crennel, now 27-45 as an NFL head coach. "If the defense clicks like it did today, we'll have a chance."

Notes: Chiefs LBs Justin Houston and Tamba Hali each had two sacks. ... Kansas City has been outscored 44-6 in the first quarter this season. ... Quinn was playing for the first time since Dec. 20, 2009, with Cleveland. ... The Ravens had 298 yards of offense. They're averaging 310.5 yards in two road games and 457 yards in four home games.