Ravens Eliminate Bowe, Then Charles

The Ravens’ defense held Dwayne Bowe without a target and beat up Jamaal Charles.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Monday, January 10th, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Categories: 2010 Season, Ryan Mink, Wild Card at Chiefs

The Ravens’ defense eliminated the Chiefs’ top receiving target from the get-go.
 
Then it eventually knocked out Jamaal Charles and Kansas City’s run game as well.
 
Chiefs big-play wideout Dwayne Bowe, who was covered by Ravens cornerback Chris Carr for much of the game, went without a single catch or even a target in Baltimore’s 30-7 wild-card win in Kansas City.
 
The Pro Bowl receiver, who entered the game with 72 catches and a league-leading 15 touchdown receptions, was sick early last week, but practiced fully on Thursday and Friday. After the game, Chiefs Head Coach Todd Haley said he was healthy.
 
It was the second time this season Bowe was shut out of a game (Week 13 vs. Denver).
 
“You have a game like that and one of the guys that you’ve kind of ridden throughout the year, appears to be un-involved in the plan,” Haley said. “I have to take my hat off to the Ravens and their plan coming into the game.”
 
The Ravens’ secondary surrendered 305 passing yards, including 123 yards to Cincinnati Bengals receiver Jerome Simpson, in their regular-season finale. It rebounded as a whole in Kansas City, holding Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel to 9-of-18 passing for just 70 yards and three interceptions.
 
Baltimore had more trouble against Kansas City’s running game early on. The speedy Charles carried the ball seven times for 87 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown, in the first half.
 
Everything changed, however, when Charles fumbled in the second quarter at the tail end of a drive in which he ran four times for 32 yards. It also had something to do with 350-pound Terrence Cody belly-flopping on top him, causing a fumble.
 
“Jamaal had taken some big shots, he was fighting to be out there for us, but he was struggling through,” Haley said. “He went through a stretch there where I knew he was hurting pretty good; [the Ravens are] a physical group.”
 
“I just laid on him until the play was over,” Cody said with a laugh.
 
Charles ran the ball two times in the second half for a combined -5 yards. He was stopped for a loss of 4 yards on fourth-and-1 in the third quarter and didn’t touch the ball after that as the Chiefs had to battle from behind.
 

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