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Chiefs vs. Ravens: 10 Observations

Here are 10 things that stood out about Sunday’s game in Baltimore

1. The Chiefs won their eighth straight game on Sunday


The Kansas City Chiefs have now won eight straight games after their 34-14 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday afternoon.

The win guarantees the Chiefs their third straight winning season to begin the Andy Reid era in Kansas City.

With the win, quarterback Alex Smith also becomes the winningest quarterback in his first three years in franchise history, passing former great Trent Green (2001-03).

2. Marcus Peters with a 90-yard pick-six to seal the victory

With the Chiefs holding a 27-14 lead with less than 5 minutes remaining in the game, Marcus Peters was in the right place at the right time as he intercepted the Jimmy Clausen pass and returned it 90 yards for the touchdown.

Clausen was driving the Ravens deep into Chiefs territory and a touchdown would have made it a one-possession game. Instead, Peters sealed the game as his touchdown return gave the Chiefs a 34-14 lead and ultimate victory.

The defensive rookie of the year candidate sealed the game with his second pick-six of the season.

Peters added another interception shortly after that, finishing the game with 2.

3. Late hit penalty extends opening drive, leads to long touchdown run

On the opening drive of the game, the Chiefs were facing a third-and-11 from their own 32-yard line.

The Ravens brought pressure off the right side and forced Smith to scramble outside of the pocket. Smith picked up 6 yards before going out of bounds, but as he stepped out just in front of the Ravens sideline, Timothy Jernigan launched himself at Smith and was called for unnecessary roughness.

The 15-yard penalty extended their opening drive.

Just three plays later, Charcandrick West took the handoff on third-and-short with a heavy personnel group on the field, broke into the open field and went untouched into the end zone.

The 38-yard touchdown run was a career long for West.

4. Derrick Johnson forces fumble; Tyvon Branch does the rest

The Ravens were moving the ball pretty well on their second offensive drive of the game, picking up 33 yards on their first four plays. But the fifth play of the drive is when things changed.

On second-and-10 from the 30-yard line of the Chiefs, rookie running back Javorious Allen ran for 3 yards before veteran linebacker Derrick Johnson stripped the ball and Tyvon Branch picked it up for the Chiefs.

Branch showed great awareness to pick it up and go 73 yards the other way for the touchdown, giving the Chiefs a 14-7 lead after the Ravens looked to be in striking distance for their second consecutive drive.

5. Fake punt gives Chiefs fantastic field position


On Baltimore's third offensive series of the game, they faced a fourth-and-9 from deep in their own territory.

Head coach John Harbaugh, who worked as a special teams coach under Andy Reid in Philadelphia and spent nine years with him, pulled out all the stops and attempted a fake punt.

It didn't work.

Punter Sam Koch tried to run it right up the middle for the 20-plus yards needed from where he initially caught the ball, and he picked up just 6 yards as safety Daniel Sorensen was waiting for him and made the tackle.

With a 14-7 lead, the Chiefs had great field position.

6. Smith finds Maclin across the middle

Just three plays after the fake punt from the Ravens, Alex Smith found Jeremy Maclin for a 13-yard touchdown.

Maclin had gotten past former Chiefs safety Kendrick Lewis on a quick seam route and the score and successful extra point gave the Chiefs an early 21-7 lead.

In less than 3 minutes after a 7-7 tie and the Ravens driving successfully into Chiefs territory, a fumble recovery and then failed fake punt changed the game in favor of the Chiefs very quickly.

7. Cairo Santos hits from deep, again


For the fourth time this season, kicker Cairo Santos hit from 50-plus yards, which tied a franchise record that was set back in 1980 by former kicker and member of the Ring of Honor, Nick Lowery.

Santos hit from 53 yards with less than a minute remaining in the first half, which gave the Chiefs a 24-7 lead.

8. Long fourth-quarter drive runs off 8-plus minutes


At the end of the third quarter, the Chiefs were holding on to a 24-14 lead and needed to put together a clock-eating drive to limit Baltimore's chances of coming back.

That's exactly what they did.

Thanks to a 14-play, 81-yard drive that took 8:41 off the clock, the Chiefs were able to extend their lead to 27-14 after Cairo Santos' second field goal of the day.

The biggest play on the drive was a 12-yard hookup between Charcandrick West and Alex Smith on a short pass on third-and-8 early in the drive.* *

9. Safety Ron Parker gets after the quarterback, again

For the fourth time this season, safety Ron Parker picked up a sack.

Midway through the third quarter, Parker came on a blitz off the right side from his cornerback position and was able to chase down Clausen from behind.

It was the 6th sack of Parker's career, which puts him just one behind breaking Reggie Tongue's franchise record for sacks from a defensive back with 6.5.

10. Three takeaways, no giveaways


The only statistic that truly matters is the final score, and besides that, it's turnovers.

The Ravens outgained the Chiefs in total yards and many other offensive categories on Sunday, but in regards to turnovers, the Chiefs forced three and didn't give it away at all.

That was the difference in the game.

The Chiefs now have a plus-15 turnover differential this season, which ranks second in the NFL, only behind the Carolina Panthers.

The two biggest plays of the game were both touchdowns by the Chiefs defense, the Branch fumble return and the Peters pick six, which sealed it up and gave the Chiefs their eighth straight victory.

The Chiefs are now 9-5 on the season and return home to the friendly confines of Arrowhead Stadium for their final two regular season games.

Photos from Chiefs Week 15 matchup against the Ravens.

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