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10 Quick Facts About the Chiefs' AFC Championship Game Victory Over Baltimore | Upon Further Review

Here are some quick notes from the Chiefs’ victory over the Ravens

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Baltimore Ravens, 17-10, in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday to secure their fourth conference title in five seasons and punch their ticket to Super Bowl LVIII.

Here are some quick notes from the win.

1. The Chiefs' defense was outstanding yet again.

Kansas City held Baltimore – the No. 4 scoring offense in the NFL – to just 10 points on Sunday, marking the Ravens' lowest point total (in a game in which quarterback Lamar Jackson played) since Week 5. The Ravens amassed that production across 10 possessions, going 3-for-11 on third down.

The Chiefs also continued their trend of dominating in the second half. Kansas City allowed the fewest second-half points in the NFL this season (126), and Sunday's game was no different, as the Chiefs yielded just three points across the Ravens' five second-half possessions. In three postseason games, Kansas City has now allowed a combined grand total of 10 second-half points to the Miami Dolphins (the No. 1 total offense in the NFL), the Buffalo Bills (the No. 4 total offense in the league) and the Ravens (the No. 6 total offense in the NFL).

2. Kansas City held the league's top rushing offense to just 81 yards on the ground.

The Ravens entered Sunday's game with the league's top-ranked rushing offense that averaged 156 rushing yards-per-game during the regular season. In fact, just one week earlier, Baltimore racked up 229 rushing yards against the Houston Texans in the Divisional Round. The Chiefs' defense, however, produced a much different result.

Kansas City held Baltimore to just 81 rushing yards on Sunday, marking the first time that the Ravens failed to top 100 rushing yards as a team since Week 1 of the 2022 season – a span of 36 games.

Quarterback Lamar Jackson, specifically, was held to just 54 rushing yards after tallying 100 yards on the ground the week prior.

3. The Chiefs took the ball away three times.

Kansas City took the ball away three times on Sunday as defensive end Charles Omenihu (forced fumble), cornerback L'Jarius Sneed (forced fumble) and safety Deon Bush (interception) each created a turnover.

Sneed's play, in particular, took place mere inches away from the goal line, turning a near Ravens' touchdown into a takeaway. Then, on Baltimore's next possession, Bush picked off Lamar Jackson in the end zone to thwart yet another Ravens' scoring opportunity. Remarkably, it took place on one of just three defensive snaps that Bush logged all night.

The Chiefs finished plus-three in terms of turnover margin on Sunday, marking their best tally since Week 16 of the 2021 season. Additionally, the Ravens' three giveaways were their most since turning it over three times Week 5.

4. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes won his 14th career postseason game.

Mahomes tied Terry Bradshaw, Peyton Manning and John Elway for the third-most postseason wins for any quarterback in NFL history on Sunday, doing so in just six seasons as a starter. Only Tom Brady (35) and Joe Montana (16) own more postseason victories by a quarterback than Mahomes, who is only 28 years old.

In terms of individual statistics, Mahomes ranks sixth all-time in postseason touchdown passes (39) and ninth in passing yards (4,802) across 17 playoff games. In other words, Mahomes has now compiled a full season of playoff experience during his young career.

5. Tight end Travis Kelce now has the most postseason catches of any player in league history.

Kelce hauled in a team-leading 11 catches (on 11 targets) for 116 yards and a touchdown on Sunday, passing Jerry Rice for the most career postseason catches for any player in NFL history with 156. Kelce also matched Rice for the most 100-yard receiving games in postseason history with his performance, doing so for the eighth time.

The All-Pro tight end is also on the doorstep of another record, as his 19 career postseason touchdowns rank only behind Rice (22) in league history.

6. The Chiefs dominated the time of possession battle throughout the game.

One area that Kansas City clearly dominated throughout the game was in the time of possession battle, which the Chiefs won by a whopping 15 minutes. Kansas City possessed the ball for 37 minutes and 30 seconds compared to Baltimore's 22 minutes and 30 seconds, marking the Ravens' lowest time of possession total since Week 5 of the 2014 season.

The difference largely rested with the Chiefs' second possession of the game, which ate up more than nine minutes and ended with a go-ahead touchdown by tailback Isiah Pacheco.

7. Tailback Isiah Pacheco found the end zone yet again.

Pacheco rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown on Sunday while also catching four passes for 14 yards, tallying 82 total yards from scrimmage. The second-year running back has now topped 75 yards from scrimmage in each of his first six postseason games as a professional, which marks the fourth-longest such streak to begin a career in NFL history. Only Terrell Davis (8 straight), Emmitt Smith (8 straight) and Frank Gore (7 straight) own longer streaks in league history.

8. Wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling sealed the game with a 32-yard catch.

Valdes-Scantling, a week after hauling in two catches for 62 yards against Buffalo, made perhaps the biggest reception of his career when he snagged a 32-yard pass from Patrick Mahomes that essentially sealed the game.

Mahomes showed great trust in Valdes-Scantling when he targeted the veteran wide receiver deep down the field with the game hanging in the balance. It was third down, and with just over two minutes remaining in the contest, an incompletion – and an ensuing punt – would have left Baltimore with ample time to tie the game. Instead, Valdes-Scantling rewarded that trust with a victory-sealing catch, and the Ravens never saw the ball again.

9. Kicker Harrison Butker remained perfect in the playoffs.

Butker was perfect yet again on Sunday, converting his lone field goal attempt (a 52-yarder) and both extra-point tries. The veteran kicker has now connected on 40-of-42 field goal attempts and all 45 of his extra-point tries this year, including a perfect 7-for-7 mark on field goal attempts in the playoffs.

10. The Chiefs are headed back to the Super Bowl for the fourth time in five years.

Kansas City secured its fourth conference title in five years on Sunday, locking up its sixth Super Bowl appearance in franchise history. Only the New England Patriots (11), Dallas Cowboys (8), Denver Broncos (8), Pittsburgh Steelers (8) and San Francisco 49ers (8) have more Super Bowl appearances among all teams.

Patrick Mahomes' streak of six-straight conference championship game appearances ranks second all-time among all quarterbacks in league history, and now with an opportunity to win a third Super Bowl championship in five years, Mahomes will lead the Chiefs against the 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII.