Baltimore, MD – In a second half that resembled a back-and-forth heavyweight title bout, the
Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens traded touchdowns instead of punches. A one-yard touchdown lunge by RB Willis
McGahee with 31 seconds left in the game sealed Baltimore’s 38-24 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs at M&T Bank
Stadium in Baltimore. The Ravens took the lead 31-24 with 2:06 left in the game as Baltimore QB Joe Flacco connected
with WR Mark Clayton for a 31-yard touchdown, one of Flacco’s three touchdown passes on the day, to mark the
A 10-yard touchdown pass from QB Brodie Croyle to TE Sean Ryan highlighted a six-play, 80-yard drive to tie the game
24-24 at with 5:21 to play in the fourth quarter. The Kansas City touchdown answered a one-yard touchdown run by Ravens
FB Le’Ron McClain, which capped a nine-play, 76-yard drive that put Baltimore back on top 24-17 over the Chiefs with
8:10 to play in the game.
A 53-yard field goal by K Ryan Succop with 12:02 left in the game tied the game 17-17, after Baltimore had regained
the lead late in the third quarter.
Baltimore answered a third-quarter Chiefs touchdown with a touchdown of its own with 3:57 left in the third to take
a 17-14 lead. Flacco capped an 11-play, 64-yard drive with a nine-yard TD to TE Todd Heap.
The Chiefs defense turned in multiple big plays as LB Derrick Johnson intercepted a Flacco pass and returned it 70
yards to the Baltimore six-yard line, where Croyle found WR Dwayne Bowe two plays and :50 later to take a 14-10 lead
over the Ravens. The touchdown was Croyle’s seventh career TD pass and Bowe’s 13th career TD catch.
Chiefs S Jon McGraw got the Chiefs on the board, blocking a P Sam Koch punt and recovering it the end zone for a TD
to narrow the Ravens advantage to 10-7 at halftime. It was the Chiefs first TD on a blocked punt since the 2006 regular
season finale vs. Jacksonville (12/31/06).
Kansas City received the opening kickoff after Baltimore won the toss and deferred the decision until the second
half. RB Jamaal Charles returned the opening kickoff 24 yards to the 26-yard line, where Croyle and the Chiefs offense
RB Larry Johnson carried for five yards on first down, before being tackled for a four-yard loss on second and five
by Ravens LB Ray Lewis. After going no huddle, Croyle’s pass on third and nine was tipped at the line, forcing P Dustin
Colquitt’s first punt of the afternoon.
Flacco found three different receivers during Baltimore’s opening drive, WR Derrick Mason for 19 yards, a 22-yard
completion to WR Kelley Washington for a first down on the Kansas City 35-yard line, and Clayton for 11 yards and
another Raven first down at the KC 24-yard line.
After an incomplete pass on first down, LB Demorrio Williams dropped RB Ray Rice for a two-yard loss. An
incompletion on third and 12 set up fourth and 12. K Steve Hauschka trotted onto the field for the 44-yard field goal
attempt, hitting the kick and putting the Ravens up 3-0 at the 10:19 mark in the first quarter, after a nine-play,
After a three-and-out, Kansas City punted the ball to Baltimore.
Flacco found McClain for 15 yards on first down, but a holding penalty negated the play. On third and two, Flacco
completed to Washington for 12 yards and a first down. Heap hauled in a 14-yard grab to the KC nine-yard line.
On third and goal from the three, Flacco scrambled before finding McGahee in the left flat for the touchdown. The
touchdown pass capped a 13-play, 70-yard drive, extending the Baltimore lead to 10-0 with 2:04 left in the first.
After the score, WR Quinten Lawrence returned the kick 17 yards to the 16-yard line. After coming up one-yard short
of converting a third-and-five situation, Colquitt punted the ball 61 yards to the Baltimore 14, where S Ed Reed
returned to the 22-yard line, before a penalty pushed them back to the Baltimore eight-yard line.
Baltimore and Kansas City traded punts to start the second quarter. Baltimore started its next drive on their own
nine-yard line with Kansas City forcing a three-and-out after Rice rushed for five yards and caught a two-yard pass
from Flacco. On fourth and three, McGraw rushed up the middle and blocked Koch’s punt. McGraw recovered the ball in the
end zone for the Chiefs first touchdown of the 2009 season, cutting into the Baltimore lead to three with 10:09 left in
the first half.
Flacco and the Ravens offense converted multiple third downs on their next series. Flacco hit Heap for 17 yards to
the Baltimore 46-yard line on third and 10. LB Tamba Hali sacked Flacco and forced a fumble, with the Baltimore QB
recovering the ball at the Kansas City 45-yard line. On third and 14, Flacco found Clayton for 16 yards.
Rice rushed for six yards on first down, but Kansas City held on pass defense on second and third downs with S
Jarrad Page breaking up a pass intended for Heap. Faced with a fourth-and-four play, Hauschka’s 41-yard FG attempt was
wide left, giving the Chiefs the ball on their own 31-yard line.
A false start penalty set up first and 15. Johnson scampered for seven yards on first down. Charles lost three yards
on second down as LB Terrell Suggs sniffed out the reverse. On third and 11, Croyle converted the first down, the
Chiefs first of the day, by finding WR Bobby Engram for 11 yards at the KC 41-yard line. Kansas City’s drive stalled
around midfield with Croyle hitting Charles for 20 yards to the Baltimore 28-yard line to end the half.
Baltimore started the second half on its own 20-yard line after Succop’s kick bounced out of the back of the end
zone. On second and five, Rice carried for 17 yards and a Baltimore first down. Page broke up a Flacco pass on first
and 10, but Flacco hit Washington for nine yards and a first down on third and six. Faced with a second and 18 after a
penalty, Rice rushed for nine yards. On third and nine, Johnson intercepted a Flacco pass and returned it 70 yards to
the Baltimore six-yard line.
Johnson rushed for one-yard on first down, and an illegal hands to the face penalty on second down gave Kansas City
first and goal from the two-yard line. On first down, Croyle found Bowe in the back of the end zone to capitalize on
the turnover, taking the 14-10 lead with 8:52 left in the third quarter.
Baltimore answered Kansas City’s score, as Flacco found Heap for 10 yards on third and eight. McGahee rushed for 16
yards and nine yards on back-to-back plays to help set up the Baltimore offense inside the Chiefs red zone. McClain
rushed for four yards to gain a first down on second and one, putting Baltimore on the Kansas City 11-yard line. After
McGahee ran for two yards, Flacco fired incomplete before finding Heap in the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown,
giving Baltimore the 17-14 lead.
After the Baltimore score, both teams traded punts to end the third quarter and start the fourth quarter. On third
and four, Croyle kept the drive alive as he hit Bradley in stride for 50 yards to the Baltimore 34-yard line. After
failing to convert a first down, Succop lined up for his first field goal attempt of the day. His kick from 53 yards
was good, leveling the game 17-17 with 12:02 to play.
Flacco found his favorite target of the day, Heap, for a 24-yard pass play on first down to move the ball to the
Kansas City 39-yard line. On second and four from the Kansas City 23-yard line, Rice broke loose up the right side for
22 yards, to the one-yard line. McClain dove into the end zone for the one-yard touchdown and the seven-point lead.
Croyle hit Engram for eight yards, and on second down, Baltimore committed a roughing the passer penalty, which gave
Kansas City an automatic first down at its own 43-yard line. On second and 10, Croyle found Bradley for 14 yards and
then hit Bowe on back-to-back plays for 24 yards and nine yards. On second and one from the 10-yard line, Croyle found
TE Sean Ryan who dove into the end zone to tie the game again at 24, with 5:21 left to play.
Flacco started Baltimore’s drive with a 14-yard completion to McGahee down the right sideline. Clayton then took a
reverse for nine yards and Rice picked up nine yards on a first down rush, moving the ball to the Kansas City 35-yard
line. Flacco connected with Clayton deep down the middle on second and eight for the 31-yard touchdown completion, once
again giving Baltimore the seven-point lead, with 2:06 left in the game.
After the touchdown, Croyle was sacked for an eight-yard loss. Facing a fourth and 18 after two incomplete passes,
DE Trevor Pryce sacked Croyle and forced a fumble which was recovered by the Chiefs, but was turned over on downs.
Baltimore took over at the Kansas City nine-yard line and eventually scored on a McGahee one-yard touchdown run to go
up 38-24 with 31 seconds left in the game.