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Chiefs cash in on Ravens' errors in eighth straight win

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The Kansas City Chiefs (9-5) continue their unlikely surge. Marcus Peters' pick six was the clincher in a 34-14 win over the Ravens (4-10), the eighth straight victory for Andy Reid's team. Here's what you need to know:

1. The Chiefs continue to get game-changing plays by their defense. In the first quarter, Tyvon Branch scooped up a Javorius Allen fumble and raced 73 yards for a touchdown. Marcus Peters ensured the win with a 90-yard pick six to complete the scoring. The Chiefs have six defensive touchdowns this season, the most in football.

2. John Harbaugh made a very strange coaching decision in the first half that cost his team dearly. With the Ravens down 14-7 and facing a fourth-and-9 from their own 17, Harbaugh called for a punt fake. Sam Koch only got seven on a run up the middle. The Chiefs took over and promptly scored another touchdown. Not smart football.

3. The Ravens got back in the game thanks to a Hail Mary touchdown catch by Kamar Aiken on the final play of the first half. Aiken has done a nice job filling in for Steve Smith as the team's primary wide receiver and is a bright spot in an otherwise dreary Ravens season. Aiken finished with eight catches for a career-high 128 yards and a touchdown.

4. A turning point of the game occurred on Kansas City's first possession. Alex Smith scrambled toward the sideline on a third-and-long, willing to accept the fate of a K.C. punt. But Ravens defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan shoved Smith to the turf after the quarterback had already stepped out of pounds, resulting in a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness. Three plays later, Charcandrick West scored on a 38-yard touchdown run.

5. Don't trust the final score. The Ravens weren't badly outplayed in this game. The difference was Baltimore made key mistakes and Kansas City took advantage of every one. This is what good teams do.

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