The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Baltimore Ravens, 34-14, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore to win their eighth straight game and improve to 9-5 on the season.
"I'm proud of our team and the way they handled themselves today," said Chiefs head coach Andy Reid after the game. "Everybody contributed. All three phases were important phases today. Offense started it off and the defense, with the three turnovers finished it, which was important."
The defense scored 2 return touchdowns as the Chiefs clinch their third straight winning season with their ninth win of the season.
Quarterback Alex Smith, meanwhile, was 21 of 25 for 171 yards passing and a touchdown to pace the offense.
The Chiefs began the game with the ball, and after two first downs, faced third-and-11 at their own 32-yard line. Smith scrambled on the play, but as he ran out of bounds well short of the marker, Ravens defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan hit him late, extending the drive for the Chiefs. Three plays later on third-and-one, running back Charcandrick West ran for a 38-yard touchdown to give the Chiefs a 7-0 lead.
The Ravens came right back on the ensuing possession when Jimmy Clausen connected with Kyle Juszczyk from 1 yard out for a touchdown.
The Ravens forced the Chiefs to go three-and-out, but on the next possession, linebacker Derrick Johnson forced RB Javorius Allen to fumble, and safety Tyvon Branch picked the ball up and returned it 73 yards for a touchdown and 14-7 Chiefs lead after one quarter.
The Chiefs added to that lead on the first play of the second quarter, when Smith found wide receiver Jeremy Maclin for a 13-yard touchdown. Maclin now leads the Chiefs with 6 touchdowns receiving on the season.
Kicker Cairo Santos added 3 points with a 53-yard field goal with less than a minute to go in the half, but before the second quarter could expire, Clausen launched a 48-yard Hail Mary pass to WR Kamar Aiken. Aiken caught the ball for a touchdown as time ran out in the half. The Chiefs went into the locker room leading 24-14.
Reid said the Chiefs came out in the second half looking to score.
"We didn't feel comfortable that any lead was good enough, and that's the attitude you have to have," he said. "I thought we ran the ball a little bit better in the second half, particularly that last drive. We stalled there the first three series, and then were able to put together that fourth quarter, 14-play drive. I thought it was just a good mix of things. The guys settled down, and didn't have quite as much penetration up front. We fixed that and it worked out better."
As the offense clicked late, the Chiefs defense held Baltimore scoreless.
Cornerback Marcus Peters sealed the game for the Chiefs by picking off Clausen with less than 5 minutes to go in the fourth quarter. Peters returned the ball 90 yards for a touchdown. Peters then picked Clausen off again on the next drive and now has a total of 7 interceptions on the season.
"He's a good player," Reid said. "He never thinks he's out of the play and he's going to challenge people around him. He's not afraid to do that. He gets mad at himself when he doesn't make a play or somebody makes one on him, but he fixes it. He's not one where he gets mad and completely loses his focus. He gets mad and comes back and makes a better play."
Tight end Travis Kelce had 73 yards receiving on 6 receptions. West had 16 carries for 76 yards and a touchdown.
Johnson led the team with 12 total tackles. Safety Ron Parker and DL Jaye Howard each recorded a sack.
The Chiefs return to Arrowhead Stadium next Sunday to host the Cleveland Browns at 12 p.m. CT.
Photos from Chiefs Week 15 matchup against the Ravens.