RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 30, Chiefs 7

Report Card RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 30, Chiefs 7

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Quarterback: A-minus

Joe Flacco finally delivered in the playoffs, picking apart the Chiefs as he completed 25 of 34 passes for 265 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 115.4 passer rating. He was sacked four times and didn’t let it faze him, consistently finding the open receiver as he connected with Todd Heap several times. Flacco also showed good pocket awareness, escaping for 26 yards on seven carries.

Running back: C

The Ravens couldn’t run the football, but there were hardly any holes for Ray Rice to run through. He rushed for 57 yards on 17 carries, but caught five passes for  42 yards and a touchdown. Willis McGahee put the game further out of reach with a 25-yard jaunt to the end zone. The Ravens rushed for 142 yards on 40 carries, averaging 3.6 yards per rush.

Receiver: B-plus

Tight end Todd Heap set a new franchise postseason record, catching 10 passes for 108 yards. He was targeted 13 times, dominating Chiefs rookie safety Eric Berry. Anquan Boldin caught his first touchdown since a Dec. 5 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, finishing with five catches for 64 yards. 

Offensive line: C-minus

They allowed four sacks and seven quarterback hits. They failed to get much push on running plays, especially in the red zone and short-yardage situations. It was an average game for the line, but they never put Joe Flacco in serious danger.

Defensive line: C

They shored up their run defense after allowing a 41-yard touchdown run to Jamaal Charles in the first half, limiting him to minus-five yards in the second half. Terrence Cody forced a fumble and Brandon McKinney recovered the loose football. Haloti Ngata was limited due to a bruised thigh and missed a tackle on the Charles score.

Linebacker: C-plus

Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs had a huge game, registering two sacks, two tackles for losses and four quarterback hits, constantly harassing Matt Cassel. Ray Lewis had a sack and forced fumble, but took a bad angle on Jamaal Charles’ touchdown run. Jameel McClain led the Ravens with six tackles, but had a few issues in pass coverage. Jarret Johnson had only two tackles.

Secondary: A-minus

They shut out Pro Bowl wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, holding him to no catches. And they intercepted Matt Cassel three times, exposing him as a system quarterback. He completed only 9 of 18 passes for 70 yards and no scores for a 20.4 passer rating. Ed Reed bravely played after his brother went missing in the Mississippi River. He delivered a hard hit on Dexter McCluster. Josh Wilson, Haruki Nakamura and Dawan Landry intercepted Cassel. Nakamura made an incredibly stupid decision when he fumbled while trying to lateral it to Reed, but the Ravens got the ball back.

Special teams: B

Billy Cundiff knocked in field goals from 19, 29 and 29 yards. Sam Koch placed two punts inside the 20-yard line. Jalen Parmele returned a kickoff 29 yards in place of an injured David Reed. It was his lone return. For the most part, they contained dangerous rookie Dexter McCluster. He had a 36-yard kickoff return.


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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post as well as the Baltimore Ravens for The Carroll County Times and Ravens24x7.com. He has previously covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans and has covered the NFL since 1997.  He has won several regional writing awards, including, most recently, Best Sports News Story for the state of Maryland in voting conducted by the Associated Press managing editors. 

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