Early in the season, it was the offense that bailed them out.
"This game is as hard as it gets," Lewis said. "We knew the kind of game we were going to get out of these guys. We knew it would be a tough sled. For us to come in and just keep fighting, keep fighting, keep fighting, that's the one thing we talked about. ... Today was a big win for us."
"The ones that count the most are never the prettiest," Lewis said. "The ones that count the most are the ones that you have to fight through. Anybody on each side of the ball will tell you they'll take a 'W' before anything. For us to go home right now 4-1 is huge."
About as huge as the hole Kansas City (1-4) has dug for itself.
Kansas City has now committed 19 turnovers through its first five games, the most this early since the New Orleans Saints had 21 of them to start the 1997 season.
Quinn, who was 3 of 3 for 32 yards passing on his only series, was greeted by applause from Kansas City fans when he entered the game. Some had paid for a banner to be flown behind a plane before the game asking for Cassel to be benched - and for Chiefs ownership to fire general manager Scott Pioli, the architect of a team that can't stop beating itself.
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Kansas City spent most of the first half handing off to Charles and backup running back Shaun Draughn, doing everything in their power to keep from having to make Cassel win the game.
Charles responded most of the first two quarters, routinely gashing the Ravens defense for big gains. He had 125 yards rushing at halftime, more yards than Baltimore had as an offense.
Baltimore took advantage of the Chiefs' first turnover when Tucker connected from 28 yards out with 1:21 left in the first quarter, but Succop's 30-yarder sent the game to halftime tied.
Kansas City had a chance to pull ahead after Baltimore fumbled the opening kickoff of the second half. Pass interference gave the Chiefs the ball at the 1-yard line, but Cassel fumbled the snap and Reed recovered it, keeping the game 3-all.
Tucker added a 26-yard field goal moments later, and after Cassel was picked off on a pass that bounced off Bowe's helmet, Tucker hit again from 39 yards to make it 9-3.
After the Chiefs' late field goal, Baltimore took over. Flacco scrambled for 16 yards on third-and-15 with a couple minutes left in the game, and Rice plunged for another first down with just over a minute remaining to help run out the clock.
"A win is a win is a win, as they say. We knew that was a talented team over there," Rice said. "We just tried to get a win. That was the main objective coming out here."
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press