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This boosted their record to 9-5. They become the first team in NFL history to win 8 straight after losing 5 straight. The Chiefs still are second in the AFC West Division to the Denver Broncos, now 10-4. Each has two games left in the regular season.
To get to that record, however, the Broncos lost 34-37 Sunday to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and lost 15-12 to the Oakland Raiders last week. So, if the Broncos lose another game, and the Chiefs keep winning, Kansas City could move to the lead — and get a bye in the first round of playoffs.
At his after-game press conference Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid noted that all three phases — offense, defense and special teams — looked good Sunday, although the Ravens “still kept us on our toes.” There are still things the Chiefs need to work on, Reid said, and they’re “not near where we need to be.” “We need to keep concentration in focus,” he emphasized.
Interesting, Ravens Head Coach, John Harbaugh, now in his seventh season with Baltimore, previously worked seven seasons with Reid for the Philadelphia Eagles — mostly as special teams coordinator, with one season as secondary coach.
In their first drive to start the first quarter, starting at their 11 yard line, the Chiefs got as close as the Baltimore 38 yard line. Then Chiefs running back Charcandrick West ran 38 yards for a touchdown, with a good PAT, to make the score 7-0 with 9:13 left in the quarter.
Then a Baltimore drive starting at their 45 yard line soon led to a short pass from Ravens quarterback Jimmy Clausen to fullback Kyle Jusczyk for a touchdown with a good PAT to make the score 7-7 with 6:30 left in the quarter.
After a three and out by the Chiefs, a Ravens drive got them to their 30 yard line. Then Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson forced running back Javorius Allen to fumble. Chiefs safety Tvyon Branch picked the ball up and ran 73 yards for a touchdown, with a good PAT, to make the score 14-7 with 2:49 left in the quarter.
A missed Ravens fake punt near the end of the quarter put the Chiefs at the Baltimore 24 yard line. Soon, at the start of the second quarter, a 13-yard run by tight end Jeremy Maclin gave the Chiefs a touchdown, with a good PAT, to make the score 21-7. Neither team did much for the rest of the quarter, but with 50 seconds left Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos scored with a 54-yard field goal. It was his fourth field goal of 50-plus yards this season.
Raven Kaelin Clay brought a punt to the 31 yard line. Then a Chiefs penalty moved the Broncos 15 yards closer. Then Ravens wide receiver Kamar Aiken caught a 48-yard “Hail Mary” touchdown pass, with a good PAT, to make the score 24-14 at the end of the first half.
Neither team did much in the third quarter.
The 14-play Chiefs drive starting at the end of the third quarter concluded with a 32-yard field goal by Santos to make the score 27-14 with 6:48 left in the game.
Then Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters intercepted a Clausen pass and ran 90 yards for a touchdown, with a good PAT, to make the score 34-14 with 4:46 left in the game.
Peters intercepted another Clausen pass with 2:50 left, and gave the ball to backup Chiefs quarterback Chase Daniel. Both teams then went three and out, and Daniel went to the knee with 30 seconds left. Final score: Chiefs 34, Ravens 14.
The Ravens now are 4-10. They play the Pittsburgh Steelers Dec. 27 and the Bengals at Cincinnati Jan 3. The Ravens beat the Steelers 23-20 Oct. 1 and lost to the Bengals 28-24 Sept. 27.
The Chiefs next play the Cleveland Browns Dec. 27. The Browns are 3-11 after losing to the Seahawks 30-13 at Seattle Sunday. The Chiefs and Browns did not play during the regular season in 2014, but the Chiefs beat the Browns 27-13 in October 2013.
The Chiefs conclude the season Jan. 3 with a game against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders are 6-8 after losing to the Green Bay Packers at Oakland Sunday. The Raiders lost to the Chiefs 34-20 Dec. 6 but beat the Broncos 15-12 Dec. 13. In 2014 the Chiefs beat the Raiders 31-13 in December. In 2013 The Chiefs beat the Raiders 56-31 in December and 24-7 in October.
In any case, the Chiefs are definitely headed for the playoffs. The only question is how.