Check out this quote from quarterback Joe Flacco last week as the Ravens prepared to face the Chiefs: "Our goal is to get first downs, keep ourselves on the field and run a lot of plays."

Uh, mission accomplished, Joe.

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In Sunday's 30-7 wild-card win in Kansas City, the Ravens picked up 28 first downs, doubled up the Chiefs in time of possession (41:44-18:16) and ran 78 offensive plays to the Chiefs' 40.

Even more impressive was that the Ravens were able to dominate in these three areas with the passing game. Flacco was 25-of-34 for 265 yards and two touchdowns, and 19 out of his 25 completions -- that's 76 percent, folks -- moved the chains and kept the clock ticking down.

A new wrinkle in Cam Cameron's passing attack played a big role in that: crossing patterns. We saw a ton of these during training camp, whether it was Anquan Boldin, Derrick Mason, Donte' Stallworth or one of the tight ends running across the formation underneath coverage. Then they were phased out once the season started. Expect Cameron to speak on this sometime this week.

Against the Chiefs, Boldin and Todd Heap had a lot of success running crossing routes, no matter if the Chiefs were throwing man-to-man or zone coverages at the Ravens. Flacco-to-Heap was especially lethal in man-to-man. Heap had a franchise-record 10 catches for 108 yards.

The Ravens' offensive efficiency helped them put 30 points on the scoreboard, but it also kept the defense resting on the bench. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday that the lack of snaps will benefit his defense Saturday when they play the Steelers in the divisional round.

"I think it's a factor. We had 40 plays. It's better than playing 80 plays," he said. "Again, that goes to both sides of the ball. That's the defense getting off the field and the offense staying on the field. ... That's what we try to do. I thought that was probably our best team effort -- all three phases -- of the year, from that perspective. So yeah, it should help us."

And if the Ravens keep moving the chains with the passing game Saturday, I like their chances.

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