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Early momentum swing in Kansas City

The Ravens, already up by a field goal late in the first quarter, were putting together another impressive drive when Joe Flacco fumbled near midfield. Two plays later, Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles sprinted 41 yards for a touchdown. Just like that, the Chiefs lead, 7-3.

The Baltimore offense had converted four of its five third-down plays, and was chewing up the clock. But Chiefs sack master Tamba Hali beat Ravens left tackle Michael Oher and knocked the ball out of Flacco's hand. It was Flacco's second fumble of the game (he recovered the first down at the Chiefs' goal line), and both probably took points off the scoreboard for the Ravens.

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Of course, the second fumble helped put points on the board for the Chiefs. Charles found a hole off left tackle and turned on the jets, using his sprinter's speed to burn the Ravens for six points. Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert had a key block on Ray Lewis to open up the running lane.

Now the Chiefs lead and Arrowhead Stadium is rocking. Consider the momentum swung. Worse yet, the Ravens have had no answer for Charles. He is picking up big chunks of yardage on each carry as his speed is simply too much for the Ravens defense at the moment.

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Instant update: Terrence Cody, one of the slowest guys on the field, somehow got ahold of Charles and forced him to fumble. Go figure. Let's see if the Ravens can reclaim the momentum.

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