Tasked with blocking outside linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, respectively, Oher and Osemele allowed two sacks each .

"Houston was definitely the fastest guy I've had to block, I'll give it to him," said Osemele, a rookie second-round draft pick from Iowa State. "I've just got to do a better job of finishing him when he goes low and rips. That guy was so freaking explosive. He would pop off the ground and keep rushing.

"I'm learning every game. I've been going against some really good defensive ends. It's only going to make me better in the future."

This marked the second time Oher had trouble with Hali, a Pro Bowl selection. In the Ravens' AFC wild-card playoff win two seasons ago, Hali had seven tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble.

On Sunday, Hali recorded six tackles, two for losses and three quarterback hits.

"Hali's a great player, the guy gets after it," Oher said. "He's relentless. He does a great job of everything. I just got to go back and watch the film. I'm pretty sure I did a lot of good things and bad things."

Flacco picked off

It looked familiar, an interception by quarterback Joe Flacco where he didn't look off the secondary and focused on his primary read before being picked off.

In the third quarter, Flacco got picked off by cornerback Brandon Flowers while trying to connect with wide receiver Anquan Boldin. It was the second consecutive week that had happened.

In this instance, it was single coverage and Flowers moved quickly to position himself in front of Boldin for the turnover.

"I saw him the whole way," Flacco said. "He did a double move there to come back. I thought Q had a step on him. I think he kind of grabbed Q's head or facemask because he came out of it, so he was able to break to the ball better than Q was."

Boldin had a similar take on what happened.¿

"He grabbed my facemask as I was coming out of my break," said Boldin, who was targeted 10 times and caught four passes for 82 yards. "I was trying to locate where Joe was and he grabbed it and my head went down. I'm not going to complain about it. It's football."

End zone

The Ravens made it out of the game fairly healthy, reporting no injuries. Defensive end Pernell McPhee left the game in the first half to have his ankle examined in the locker room, but returned and downplayed the severity of the ailment. "I think it was just a bruise," he said. "I don't think it was nothing. I got it taped up and went back in." ... Rookie kick returner Deonte Thompson fumbled the opening kickoff of the second half when he was hit by former Ravens wide receiver Terrance Copper. The fumble was recovered by former Ravens outside linebacker-tight end Edgar Jones. Thompson was later flagged for offensive holding on a punt return. ... The Ravens held prolific Chiefs punt returner Javier Arenas in check. Arenas was limited to eight yards on four punt returns, a two-yard average. He entered the game averaging 11.3 yards per punt return. However, the Ravens allowed a 41-yard kickoff return to Shaun Draughn. ... A Quinn touchdown pass to Dwayne Bowe was nullified by an offensive pass interference penalty on Dexter McCluster when he ran an illegal pick. ... Wide receiver LaQuan Williams (Maryland) was active for the first time this season, and made the tackle on the opening kickoff. Rookie safety Christian Thompson was inactive for the first time. The fourth-round draft pick was a healthy scratch. The Ravens deactivated rookie cornerback Asa Jackson offensive tackle Jah Reid (strained right calf), tight end Billy Bajema, defensive tackle DeAngelo Tyson, outside linebacker Sergio Kindle and defensive tackle Bryan Hall.

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