KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — This was the kind of game that fans in 1950s would have loved, a defensive-minded, grind-it-out affair that ultimately came down to who kicked the most field goals.
It's also the kind of game that fans of the Ravens have come to expect.
With a defense anchored by linebacker Ray Lewis and safety Ed Reed, the Ravens managed to keep the downtrodden Kansas City Chiefs out of the end zone Sunday. Justin Tucker kicked a trio of three field goals to Ryan Succop's two, and that proved to be the difference in Baltimore's 9-6 victory.
"The number one thing we came out here and said was, 'Look at the scoreboard.' If they're not on the scoreboard, I don't care what people do against us," Lewis said. "You've heard me speak about this for years. It doesn't matter. Just keep playing the game."
Indeed, defense has been the Ravens' hallmark over the years.
The guys in black and purple have made a habit of turning offenses black and blue, and that was no different Sunday. Jamaal Charles gashed them for 125 yards rushing in the first half but had just 15 in the second half, and quarterback Matt Cassel was turned into an after-thought.
At least, until he was knocked out of the game entirely.
Cassel was intercepted twice and charged with two fumbles before he was planted by Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata in the fourth quarter. He remained down for several minutes before leaving with what the Chiefs called a "head injury," the extent of which was unknown.
Brady Quinn finished out the game for Kansas City.
"Baltimore is a great team. They've had a tough defense for a long, long time," Quinn said. "If you allow them to stop you running the football and put yourself where you have to pass the ball or in certain passing situations, you can be in trouble."
Cassel's injury prompted applause from some fans in Kansas City, perhaps some of them the same ones who paid for an airplane to tow a banner before the game pleading for Cassel to be benched and for Chiefs ownership to fire general manager Scott Pioli.
The cheering didn't sit well with members of the Chiefs, either.
"I think it's sickening and disgusting," offensive tackle Eric Winston said angrily. "We are not gladiators and this is not the Roman Colosseum. This is a game."
Joe Flacco threw for 187 yards and was picked off once, but the Ravens (4-1) were still able to come up with enough points to beat the Chiefs (1-4), who turned it over four times.
The Chiefs have committed 19 turnovers through their first five games, the most this early in a season since the New Orleans Saints had 21 of them in 1997.
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