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Taylor, Parmele help Ravens upend Chiefs 31-13

Taylor, Parmele help Ravens upend Chiefs 31-13

August 20th, 2011 in News

BALTIMORE (AP) - The lopsided score suggests the Baltimore Ravens solved some of their glaring offensive issues after a lackluster start to the preseason.

After failing to notch a touchdown in their exhibition opener last week, the Ravens will gladly build on the welcome improvement.

Rookie backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor directed two fourth-quarter touchdown drives, the first ending with Jalen Parmele's go-ahead 10-yard TD run with 7:16 remaining, and the Ravens rallied for a 31-13 victory over the winless Chiefs.

"You work hard and you want to see your hard work pay off," said running back Ray Rice, who ended Baltimore's touchdown drought in its sixth preseason quarter. "It's been one of them camps where you have to jam a whole offseason into training camp. To see the younger guys step up and do their thing, it's amazing. We're just looking forward to hitting the season in stride."

Taylor later added a 5-yard TD run of his own, a dive to the right pylon that withstood a video review. He finished 5-for-11 for 88 yards.

Kansas City's Tyler Palko completed 8-of-13 passes for 95 yards, but produced 10 points in his three drives - a tying 4-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Copper late in the second quarter and a 12-play march culminating in a tiebreaking 30-yard field goal by Ryan Succop with 6:58 left in the third quarter.

"We talked going into this game about doing some of the fundamental things a lot better across the board - offense, defense and special teams - and I thought we were able to do that a little better in more areas, which is a positive sign to me," Chiefs coach Todd Haley said. "We obviously have a long way to go."

The Ravens, who lost 13-6 on Aug. 11 at Philadelphia, played Flacco into the third quarter before Taylor took over. Flacco completed 12-of-24 passes for 124 yards.

Chiefs starting quarterback Matt Cassel was 6-of-14 for 73 yards. But Kansas City, blanked 25-0 by Tampa Bay last Thursday, clicked on offense once Palko entered midway through the second quarter.

"We're just trying to get better every day, and I think we took a step in the right direction offensively," Palko said. "It's baby steps. You need to get better every day."

The teams traded first-quarter field goals for a tie at 3.

Kansas City got a break when the Ravens' Lardarius Webb muffed a punt, with Jackie Battle recovering at the Baltimore 15-yard line. That set up Succop's 31-yard field goal.

Flacco converted two third-down passes on the ensuing drive, which ended with a successful 49-yarder by Billy Cundiff.

Rice finally notched the Ravens' first preseason touchdown with 3:10 remaining in the first half, busting through a gaping hole and cutting right for a 26-yard TD to cap a six-play, 81-yard drive.