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There was a lot to like as the Ravens chopped the Chiefs, 30-7, in the wild-card round. Up next are the Steelers in the divisional round. First things first, here are my thoughts on Sunday's win:

1. The fervent footballs fans of Baltimore who have been clamoring for a complete game from the Ravens won't have much to complain about on the message boards and talk radio Monday (I'm sure they'll find something to nitpick, though). The Ravens outplayed, outcoached and outhustled the Chiefs in Sunday's 30-7 victory. The defense was aggressive for four quarters and the offense put 20 points on the scoreboard in the second half. The Ravens held the ball for more than 41 minutes and ran 38 more plays than the Chiefs. Those stats add up to a complete game if you ask me. If the Ravens build on this performance, they will have a good shot against the Steelers.

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2. The Ravens defense took over the game in the third quarter, blowing up everything the Chiefs attempted offensively. The Ravens corralled Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles on 4th and 1 early in the quarter. They confused QB Matt Cassel and picked him off twice. And Ray Lewis stripped Kansas City rookie Dexter McCluster on another play. In those 15 minutes of fury, the Ravens expanded their 10-7 lead to a 23-7 edge that the revved-up defense would not relinquish.

3. Joe Flacco played the finest game of his postseason career (yeah, I know, that's not saying much), completing 25 of 34 attempts for 265 yards and two touchdowns. He bounced back from two first-half fumbles to lead the Ravens to 27 unanswered points against the Chiefs, and he was efficient running the Ravens' pass-happy attack. Flacco took what the Chiefs gave him -- check-downs, crossing patterns and about a dozen wide-open looks to tight end Todd Heap -- and routinely exploited them for first downs. Flacco will be asked to make a few more big-league throws against the Steelers. But Sunday, for the first time in three trips to the playoffs, he was more than a bush-league performer.

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4. Opponents are forced to pick their poison when game planning against the plethora of Ravens offensive playmakers. The Chiefs prioritized stopping the wide receivers and were treated to a heavy dose of Heap. The stormin' Mormon had 10 catches -- a Ravens playoff record -- and moved the chains four times on third down. Which poison will the Steelers choose to swallow?

5. Dwayne Bowe was a no-show. Thanks to a strong performance from the Ravens secondary (and the atrocious play of Cassel), the league leader in receiving TDs was held without a catch Sunday.

6. As well as the Baltimore defense played overall, it had no answer for K.C. speed demon Jamaal Charles. His 41-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was breath-taking -- wow, does that kid have some wheels -- and he finished the game with 82 yards on nine carries. The game got away from the Chiefs in the third quarter, though, and Charles was a non-factor as they tried to catch up. Thankfully, few backs are as fast as Charles, and none remain in the Ravens' playoff path.

7. Ravens left tackle Michael Oher got worked by Chiefs sack master Tamba Hali, who hauled down Flacco twice and forced one of the quarterback's fumbles. If Oher plays like that against James Harrison, LaMarr Woodley and the Steelers, it will be another long afternoon in Pittsburgh.

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