Now that’s what we’re talkin’ about.
The Ravens saved their most dominating performance of the season for the perfect time, as they rolled off 27 straight points, shut the Chiefs out for the final 47 minutes and strutted their way to a 30-7 win over Kansas City in the opening round of the playoffs.
Baltimore dominated the AFC West champion Chiefs from the get-go and got convincing performances from both their offensive and defensive units in the same game for possibly the first time this year.
Joe Flacco set Ravens single-game playoff records in three categories (passing yards, completions and passing TDs), going 25-of-34 for 265 yards and two touchdowns. He finally put up the type of offensive performance n the playoffs that everyone’s been looking for, took care of the football and effectively led the Ravens on six scoring drives.
Those offensive numbers make you smile? You want some more?
The Ravens held the ball for over 41 minutes, picked up a whopping 26 first downs, and posted 390 yards of offense.
Defensively, Baltimore was just as impressive.
They forced five Kansas City turnovers, including three interceptions of quarterback Matt Cassel, who went just 9-of-18 for 70 yards.
The Ravens held Dwayne Bowe - the NFL’s leader in receiving touchdowns - without a single catch, allowed only eight first downs all day and pressured the heck out of Cassel from start to finish. The front seven held the NFL’s top rushing offense to just 108 yards on the ground, and shut down running back Jamaal Charles after his early fireworks.
You know what’s next: a matchup with the Steelers on Saturday in the AFC divisional round of the playoffs.
We’ve been waiting on a full team win this entire season. On the road in a one-and-done situation, the Ravens finally delivered.