Well, it looks like we have a game on our hands in Kansas City. At halftime the Ravens lead the host Chiefs, 10-7.
The most exciting play of the first half has to be Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles’ 41-yard scamper to the end zone in the first quarter. It was the longest touchdown run the Ravens have given up since 2005.
During his college days, Charles was the Big 12 100-meter champion at the University of Texas.
Charles has been the home-run threat for the Chiefs this year. The third-year former Longhorn has rushed for a career high 1,467 yards. He is good for 6.4 yards per carry, and so far in his first playoff game, Charles has rushed for 86 yards on just eight carries, good for 10 yards a carry.
For the Chiefs to win their first playoff game since 1993, Charles will have to have more runs like this. Fellow back Thomas Jones has not had nearly the same success running the ball to this point, but the real problem has been Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel, who has had a tough go so far, completing seven of 10 passes for just 59 yards and an interception. However, the thing keeping the Chiefs in the game is two turnovers by the Ravens.
Speaking of the Ravens, Joe Flacco has been fantastic so far, completing 19 of 26 pass attempts for 220 yards and a touchdown.
The winner of this game will head to Pittsburgh to take on the second-seeded Steelers in what is expected to be a hard-hitting game.