8th straight win: Kansas City Chiefs 8th Straight
Published: December 21, 2015
8th straight win: Kansas City Chiefs 8th Straight, On a down-to-down basis, the Kansas City Chiefs weren’t much — if any — better than the lowly Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. The total offensive battle, for what it’s worth, was won by the Ravens.
The Chiefs came away with a comfortable victory anyway Sunday because they did what they’ve come to do during their eight-game winning streak, and that’s take full advantage of their opponent’s mistakes. The Chiefs converted three first-half Baltimore errors into 21 points, and that was enough to carry them to a 34-14 victory.
The Chiefs capitalized on a Baltimore mistake on the first possession of the game. The Ravens came up with what appeared to be a stop on third down when they ran Alex Smith out of bounds short of the marker. But a late-hit penalty allowed Kansas City to continue the drive, and the Chiefs went on to score their first touchdown, a 38-yard Charcandrick West run.
Later in the first quarter, the Chiefs forced a fumble, and safety Tyvon Branch picked it up and returned it 73 yards for the touchdown that put Kansas City ahead for good.
For good measure, the Chiefs stopped Baltimore short on a fake punt and used the favorable field position to score another touchdown. In the fourth quarter, rookie Marcus Peters returned an interception 90 yards for the game’s final touchdown.
Peters would have one more interception, and on that one, with the Chiefs no longer needing points, he made the prudent play: He went to the ground after making the catch.
Closing in on a playoff spot: This victory, the eighth straight for the 9-5 Chiefs, was a giant step toward securing a playoff spot. If the Pittsburgh Steelers lose their late-afternoon game against the Denver Broncos, the Chiefs could secure a wild-card berth with a victory next week over the Cleveland Browns.
What were they thinking? Three Chiefs defensive backs stood by and watched on the final play from scrimmage in the first half as they let Kamar Aiken run under a Jimmy Clausen Hail Mary. The result was a 48-yard touchdown that cut Kansas City’s lead from 24-7 to 24-14.
One reason to get excited: The Chiefs continue to excel at protecting the football. They didn’t commit any turnovers, which is the sixth time during the eight-game winning streak they haven’t handed it to an opponent.
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