Two more turnovers returned for touchdowns doomed the Ravens.
The Ravens' losing skid stretched to three in a 34-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.
Baltimore is now 4-10 on the season and has suffered back-to-back blowout losses at home. The Ravens' worst record in franchise history was 4-12 in the inaugural 1996 season.
The Ravens will close out the regular season with consecutive AFC North rival games against Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.
The Ravens fell behind by 17 points in the first half, and just when it looked like they might have a chance to get back in the game, a third pick-six in the past four games sealed the loss.
Behind Jimmy Clausen for a second straight game, the Ravens offense didn't manage enough consistency or scoring drives. Ultimately, Clausen fell victim to the same problem that plagued the Ravens' other backup quarterback, Matt Schaub.
Clausen finished 26-of-45 for 281 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He was picked off twice in the fourth quarter by Chiefs rookie Marcus Peters, who returned one 90 yards for a touchdown.
After giving up an opening touchdown drive, Baltimore's defense clamped down. They didn't give up any big plays and stuffed the Chiefs' running game.
But two big first-half blunders put the Ravens behind early – a hole they never managed to crawl out of.
Rookie running back Javorius "Buck"* *Allen fumbled for the second straight game and it was picked up and returned for a 73-yard touchdown by Chiefs safety Tyvon Branch. Then the Ravens gambled on a fake punt run up the middle, but Sam Koch was stopped short, leading to another Kansas City touchdown.
That gave Kansas City 21 of its 24 first-half points and proved too much to overcome.
Turning Point Of The Game
The Ravens had a chance to get back in the game with about five minutes left in the fourth quarter. Baltimore drove to Kansas City's 10-yard line and, and had it scored, would have trailed by just three points. That's when Clausen was picked off by Peters, who ran it back 90 yards for a crushing touchdown and a 20-point lead.
- Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan hit Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith late out of bounds, extending the Chiefs' opening drive. Three plays later, Kansas City running back Charcandrick West broke through the Ravens' defensive line on third-and-1 and ran 38 yards for a touchdown to give the Chiefs a quick 7-0 lead. Even more painful was that cornerback Jimmy Smith left the game after the play with a thigh injury.
- After Ravens kickoff returner Kaelin Clay's 39-yard return set the Ravens up with good field position, Clausen engineered his first touchdown drive as a Raven and personal first in 364 days. Keyed by a 30-yard throw and catch to wide receiver Kamar Aiken, Baltimore scored on a 1-yard open toss to fullback Kyle Juszczyk to tie the game at 7. It was the Ravens' first touchdown on their opening drive for the first time in 23 games.
- The Ravens were driving with a chance to take a first-quarter lead when Allen fumbled for the second time in as many games. It was recovered by Branch and returned 73 yards for a touchdown.
- Facing a fourth-and-9 from their own 17-yard line, Koch faked and ran up the middle, but was stopped 2 yards short. The Chiefs scored on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Smith to Jeremy Maclin three plays later to give Kansas City a 21-7 lead one play into the second quarter.
- On third-and-10 from the Chiefs' 48-yard line, Clausen heaved up one final Hail Mary before the end of the first half. Aiken adjusted to the ball best, cutting underneath three Chiefs defensive backs, to snag the pass and scamper into the end zone, cutting the Chiefs' halftime lead to 24-14. Aiken finished the first half with a whopping 117 yards.
- Both teams traded punts throughout the third quarter, but Baltimore looked to be in position to get back in the game with several minutes left in the fourth quarter. That's when Clausen threw the pick-six to Peters, sealing the loss.
WR Kamar Aiken
Aiken finished with career highs in catches (eight) and yardage (128). He made the Ravens' best play of the game with a 48-yard Hail Mary catch at the end of the first half.
On The Horizon
The Ravens will take on the arch-rival Steelers at 1 p.m. next Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium to close out their home schedule. The game was originally scheduled for 8:30 p.m. but was flexed to the earlier slot.
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