By the numbers: Chiefs-Ravens

The NFL Network research desk has sent along some postgame stats from the Ravens’ 30-7 win over the Chiefs. Some good numbers to chew on here, but Chiefs’ fans, you’re not going to like what you read.

  • Kings of the road: The Ravens improved to 7-3 all-time on the road in playoffs, the best postseason road winning percentage (.700) ever. They are now 6-3 on the road this season, including the playoffs.
  • The Ravens have allowed 10 points or fewer in eight of 14 playoff games all-time, and have the lowest points-per-game allowed (12.2) in postseason history.
  • Joe Flacco improved to 4-2 career in the playoffs and became the first starting QB in NFL history to win a playoff game in each of his first three seasons. Flacco was sacked four times, but did a stellar job of alluding the Chiefs rush to complete 25-of-34 passes for 265 yards and two TDs. He set franchise playoff records in completions, passing yards and touchdowns.
  • Todd Heap had his best game of the season with 10 receptions (a franchise playoff record) for 108 yards. Heap was targeted 13 times as the Ravens attacked the middle of the field.
  • The Ravens wore down the Chiefs defense during the second half, a result of running 78 plays to 40 for the Chiefs. They dominated in time of possession (41:44 to 18:16) and held the ball for 13:52 of the fourth quarter. An amazing number.
  • The Chiefs’ turnover karma ended against the Ravens. The Chiefs, who had 14 turnovers all season, handed it over a season-high five times (three interceptions, two fumbles).
  • History not on their side: The Chiefs have lost seven straight playoff games, the longest streak in NFL history. Their last playoff win was in 1993, the third-longest active drought in the NFL. If you can’t recall what else was happening in 1993, Bill Clinton was President, Rodney King was in the news and Nirvana released “In Utero.”
  • The Chiefs’ offense fell apart in the second half. Of their five second-half possessions, three ended in turnovers, one on a punt and the other in a failed fourth-down attempt. The second half totals include 25 total yards, two first downs and zero points.
  • Home Sweet Huh? The Chiefs won their first seven home games this season, but lost the last two by a combined score of 61-17.
  • If there was a bright spot for the Chiefs it was the running of Jamaal Charles, who finished with nine rushes for 82 yards and a 41-yard touchdown, the longest rushing TD in franchise playoff history.
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