Ravens-Chiefs Postgame Notebook

September 13, 2009 | Glenn Clark

-Joe Flacco set new career highs for passing attempts (43), yards (307) and TD’s (3).
-Ray Rice ran for 100 yards for just the 2nd time in his NFL career (at Cleveland last season), but has still not scored a TD in his NFL career.
-The team set a new record with 501 total yards of offense.
-John Harbaugh described Tavares Gooden’s knee injury by saying it “looks like a sprain.” He will be re-evaluated tomorrow.
-John Harbaugh was not overly concerned with Steve Hauschka’s miss from 41 yards, saying the kicker’s boot was “really true”, but the wind pushed the kick. He says that will be something Hauschka learns the more he kicks.
-Harbaugh said the team decided to go for the TD at the end of the game instead of kicking a field goal because “more (bad) things can happen on a kicking play than on any other play.” He thought running the football from a half yard out of the endzone provided the “lowest risk” of anything they could have done.
-Offensive Line Coach John Matsko received the Gatorade bath from the team following the win. Matsko coached in Kansas City during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. As you’ll remember, Gatorade baths last season went to coaches or players with direct ties to the opponent that was defeated (Willie Anderson after the win over the Bengals, John Harbaugh after the win over the Eagles, Cam Cameron after the win over the Dolphins, Rex Ryan after the win over his brother Rob and the Raiders).
-The O-Line received praise from a number of players, including Ray Rice:
“Our offensive line, Matt Birk and those guys, I couldn’t give them enough credit. We were getting five or six yards at a time, and then those five or six yard runs started turning into 15-yard runs and 10-yard runs and 20-yard runs. That’s what good running teams do.”
-Kelly Gregg and Ray Lewis tied for the team high with 6 tackles (4 solo tackles each).
-Mark Clayton lead the team in receiving with 5 catches for 77 yards and the game winning TD. About catching the game-winner, Clayton said “it’s cool.” He also said he made a similar game-winning TD catch during his freshman season at Oklahoma.
-The Ravens tallied three sacks on the day. Jarret Johnson had 2, Trevor Pryce had the other. Due to the overturned Brodie Croyle fumble in the final two minutes, the Ravens did not force a turnover in the win.
-Larry Johnson-the last back to rush for 100 yards on the Ravens defense-was held to just 20 yards rushing. The streak now stands at 36 games of not allowing a 100 yard rusher.
-Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt would be my choice for player of the game on the KC side, as he punted 5 times for 246 yards, pinning the Ravens inside the 20 yard line twice. To find out who my Ravens player of the game would be, tune into “The Comcast Morning Show” with Drew Forrester Tuesday at 7am, where we’ll break down our “Tuesday Top 7.” FB Le’Ron McClain is scheduled to join Drew tomorrow morning at 9:40.
-Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop (who the Ravens had hoped to sign following last year’s NFL Draft) connected on a 53 yard field goal, which tied for the 3rd longest the Ravens have given up in their history. Succop was also very strong on kickoffs, including a touchback that went through the endzone. Assistant GM Eric DeCosta told Drew Forrester after the Draft that Succop was the kicker the Ravens wanted; but the Chiefs made him “Mr. Irrelevant” by selecting him with the final pick of the 7th round.
-Haloti Ngata lined up as a Tight End during two different goal line sets, but did not have a pass thrown his way.
-71,099 fans attended the game at M&T Bank Stadium


(Thanks to WNST’s Luke Jones for helping me compile notes.)