In the Ravens' 30-7 pounding of the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday's AFC Wildcard playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium, the defense did what only one other team had done this season: shut out Pro Bowl wide receiver Dwayne Bowe.
Bowe, who led the NFL in touchdown catches with 15 and caught 72 passes for 1,162 yards, was virtually non-existent as quarterback Matt Cassel didn't even target him once. Only the Denver Broncos on Dec. 5 had blanketed Bowe as well.
Ravens cornerback Chris Carr said while wary of Bowe, the secondary had also done its fair share of studying him."I just think coming into the game, we were pretty confident," Carr said. "We knew he's a really good player and he catches the ball very well, but I felt very confident that those bigger types of receivers, it's kind of easier for me to read their routes. And so it's good when you meet up to your expectations."
Chiefs coach Todd Haley said he'd have to review the film to see how the Ravens were so effective against Bowe, but he offered his admiration for their strategy.
"You have a game like that and one of the guys that you've kind of ridden throughout the year appears to be uninvolved in the plan," Haley said. "I have to take my hat off to the Ravens and their plan coming into the game. Again, we've got to do a better job of figuring out ways to get the ball in the hands of our guys that have consistently made plays."
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