Jimmy Clausen made his second straight start for the Ravens Sunday in their 34-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, with Matt Schaub unable to start again with a chest injury that has lingered since the Week 13 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
Coach John Harbaugh had said entering the week that Schaub would start if he was close to 100 percent and could help the team win, but Schaub told Harbaugh this weekend he wasn't up for it.
"It came down to the fact that Jimmy gave us the best chance to win because of where Matt was at," Harbaugh said. "I would say he was probably 60-to-65-to-75 percent, somewhere in that range, he told me, Friday into Saturday."
Schaub was active as the backup quarterback, but didn't take a snap. Clausen threw for a career-high 281 yards on 26-for-45 passing, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. One of the interceptions was returned for a touchdown by Chiefs rookie cornerback Marcus Peters.
Harbaugh withheld much of the praise he said players might deserve because he did not "want to sound like I'm pleased with a loss like that," but said Clausen played well.
"I thought Jimmy played really well," Harbaugh said. "Give him credit. … The interception for the touchdown, the receiver fell down. He threw it in the right spot. The other one, he probably wants back. But, he made a bunch of plays with his feet, with his arm. He operated really well with the offense. I thought he did a good job."
The Ravens haven't won either of Clausen's two starts, but he's earned praise for how he's carried himself having arrived in Baltimore barely a month ago. When asked if he thought he'd earned the opportunity to start the final two games of the season, Clausen said, "that's not up to me."
"That's up to the coaches," he said. "The only thing I can do is go out, like I did today, and just every single play, play like it's my last play. Coaches are going to make those decisions. That's not for me to make."