The Ravens' 30-7 defeat of the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday's AFC Wildcard playoff game made an impression with NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin.
The Hall of Fame wide receiver who played for the Dallas Cowboys questioned the Chiefs' decision to have quarterback Matt Cassel pitch the ball to running back Jamaal Charles on fourth down-and-1 from the Ravens' 33-yard line rather than having Charles run behind his blockers.
"That's straight intimidation," Irvin said of the pitch, which resulted in a 4-yard loss and turning the ball over to the Ravens on downs. "You have a half of an inch to go and you pitch the ball. That's what they think of the Ravens defense."Irvin, who spoke on the network's NFL GameDay Final, also praised the play of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who completed 25-of-34 passes for 265 yards, tossed two touchdowns, and finished with a 115.4 passer rating.
"We have talked about this for quite awhile: when will Flacco take over this team?" Irvin said. "It's been Ray Lewis' team for quite awhile, but now he is playing like the quarterback they drafted and the quarterback they wanted."
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