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Sunday Morning Bloody Mary: After Crushing Chiefs, Ravens Set to Travel to Heinz Field to Face Steelers Next Saturday Afternoon

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In an outcome that shouldn't have surprised anybody, the Baltimore Ravens hammered the Kansas City Chiefs,30-7.  After taking a 7-3 lead on an impressive 41-yard TD run by Jamal Charles in the opening quarter, the Ravens tightened the screws. The defense turned over the Chiefs five teams including three interceptions of Matt Cassel. The Chiefs deserve credit for leading the league in fewest turnovers, but as I suspected and wrote prior to the game, the difference in playoff experience between the two teams manifested itself in a huge way. Cassel by the way, was a combined 20-of-51 for 185 yards, 0 TDs and 5 INTs in his past two games. That my friends won't get it done.

Joe Flacco meanwhile was sharp, completing 25-of-34 passes for 265 yards, 2 TDs and 0 INTs. Baltimore rushed for 142 yards on 40 rushes; good for just 3.6 yards per pop, but a smart recipe for success against a Chiefs team that was posing no threat whatsoever. Steeler Nation certainly remembers the havoc that Terrell Suggs wreaked on Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offensive line during their last meeting. And you can count on Suggs' confidence being sky high and his mouth running at full strength all week following his 2-sack performance of Cassel on Sunday. 

As much as I would have liked to see the Steelers matched up with the Chiefs at Heinz Field with a trip to the AFCCG at stake, it's much more fitting that the Steelers greatest rival stands in the way instead. The four most talented and well-coached teams in the AFC are alive heading into the conference semi-finals, and the network and league executives have to be thrilled about it. Jets vs. Patriots and Steelers vs. Ravens next weekend. Can't get much better than that.

We'll have more on the Ravens' performance against the Chiefs in the Wild Card Round this week, as well as wall-to-wall coverage leading up to the Steelers and Ravens huge Divisional Round game next Saturday afternoon.