BALTIMORE (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens both ended their preseason touchdown droughts Friday night.
Now, only Kansas City is searching for a victory.
Backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor directed two fourth-quarter touchdown drives, the first ending with Jalen Parmele’s go-ahead 10-yard touchdown run with 7:16 remaining, and the Ravens rallied for a 31-13 victory over the winless Chiefs.
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 eight 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.
The Ravens, who failed to produce a touchdown in a 13-6 loss at Philadelphia on Aug. 11, played Joe 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 for 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.
The teams traded first-quarter field goals for a 3-3 tie.
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. Ray 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. Flacco’s 43-yard pass to newly acquired Lee Evans on a sideline route set up Rice’s scamper, which put Baltimore ahead 10-3.
Kansas City answered with its first touchdown of the exhibition season, tying the game with 12 seconds to go in the first half on Palko’s 3-yard pass to Copper, who got a step on cornerback Cary Williams in the end zone.
After Baltimore was forced to punt on the opening series of the second half, Palko moved the Chiefs to the Ravens’ 11-yard line on 11 plays before Succop’s field goal made it 13-10.
After Parmele’s run put the Ravens on top, rookie Taylor scrambled for a 5-yard score with 1:59 left. Anthony Allen scored on a 1-yard run with five seconds left.
Notes: The Ravens played without LB Ray Lewis, who was excused to attend to an unspecified family matter. Succop missed a 46-yard attempt early in the second quarter, with a drive off the right upright. … Kansas City’s first-round draft pick, WR Jonathan Baldwin, did not play. The NFL Network reported that Baldwin sustained an injury to his wrist or hand in a fight with a teammate earlier in the week. Baldwin’s agent, Rick Smith, refused to comment on the situation when reached by telephone.
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