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September 9, 2012

Chiefs Notebook | Flowers sits; Baldwin shut out

Cornerback Brandon Flowers was listed as a limited participant in practice all week and questionable for Sunday’s game, but he was inactive for the game. Cornerback Jacques Reeves started in his place and had a difficult time covering Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones.

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The Chiefs and NFL by beat writer Terez Paylor

Cornerback Brandon Flowers was listed as a limited participant in practice all week and questionable for Sunday’s game, but he was inactive for the game. Cornerback Jacques Reeves started in his place and had a difficult time covering Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones.

Coach Romeo Crennel said he wasn’t certain whether Flowers would be ready to play on Sunday against the Bills in Buffalo.

“We’ll find out next week,’’ Crennel said. “If he can practice, he’ll play. If he can’t practice, he won’t play.’’

Baldwin shut out

Jon Baldwin was the Chiefs’ best wide receiver in offseason practice and training camp. But he wasn’t a factor once the preseason games started and wasn’t a factor in Sunday’s game.

Baldwin played little and didn’t have a catch against the Falcons.

“He’s trying to develop a role in the offense,’’ Crennel said. “He’s working at it and I think eventually he will have his spot and he will be making plays. It just didn’t come up today.’’

Back to the grindstone

The Chiefs had little to console themselves with afterward except this: They have 15 games remaining and plenty of room for improvement. They were reminded of that after the game by Crennel.

“His message was clear: It’s only one game in a long season,’’ quarterback Matt Cassel said. “We obviously have to make a lot of corrections, get better as a football team.

“We’ve got a lot of resilient guys and we’re going to go back to work and get this thing fixed.’’

Ex-Tigers do damage

Atlanta’s two former Mizzou players had a big impact in the game.

Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, the Falcons’ first-round draft pick in 2010, had a sack in the second quarter, and he broke up a pass intended for Dexter McCluster in the third quarter that forced the Chiefs to try a field goal that was missed, preserving the Falcons’ then-20-17 lead.

William Moore, the Falcons’ second-round pick in 2009, intercepted a tipped pass in the third quarter that set up an Atlanta field goal.

“We had some fun out there,” said Weatherspoon, who played in Missouri games against Kansas and Oklahoma at Arrowhead. “Arrowhead is a stadium that is a great atmosphere, great environment and it was fun.”

Moore, who is from Hayti, Mo., also has family members in the Raytown area.

“It was good to come home and get this one,” Moore said. “Missouri had a tough loss (Saturday) night, so it was good for me and Spoon to have some fun.”

The Chiefs unsuccessfully challenged Moore’s interception, saying he trapped it, but he said, “There was no question, I caught it. It was (a) good (catch).”

High praise for Ryan

Atlanta’s Matt Ryan is now 44-19 as the Falcons’ quarterback, tying Baltimore’s Joe Flacco (who plays tonight) for most wins by a quarterback in his first four seasons. Falcons coach Mike Smith said Sunday’s performance may have topped them all.

“Matt’s played some really good games for us in his first four years,” Smith said of Ryan, who completed 23 of 31 passes for 299 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score. “This might have been the best game that he played.”

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