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Chiefs lament unsportsmanlike conduct penalty

Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Tyvon Branch left the Ravens in his wake as he scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery.
Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Tyvon Branch left the Ravens in his wake as he scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery. deulitt@kcstar.com

Running back Charcandrick West and receiver Albert Wilson teamed up for a choreographed celebration after West’s 38-yard touchdown run in the first quarter of Sunday’s 34-14 win at Baltimore, resulting in an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that was enforced on the kickoff.

The Ravens got good field position, which led to their first offensive score of the day.

Afterward, West took responsibility for the penalty.

“I’ve got to be smart, man,” West said. “You just get caught up in the moment, man, you know? You just like to have to fun sometimes, be ourselves.”

Hail Mary hits

The Chiefs figured to enter halftime with a 17-point lead. Instead, it was 24-14 because Ravens’ quarterback Jimmy Clausen hit wide receiver Kamar Aiken on a 48-yard Hail Mary on the final play of the second quarter.

“We (rushed) five and were an inch close on eliminating that thing,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said.

But Clausen got it off and Aiken caught the pass around the five and hustled into the end zone.

“We work on that type of scenario in practice,” Aiken said. “I was just gauging where they were and where the ball was, and I noticed it was going to come up a little short. Their (defensive backs) were still back-pedaling, so I said it was my play to make.”

Defensive touchdowns

The two defensive touchdowns, the 73-yard fumble return by Tyvon Branch and 90-yard pick-six by Marcus Peters marked the first time since a victory at Buffalo in 2013 that the Chiefs’ defense scored two touchdowns. That day, Tamba Hali returned a fumble 11 yards for a score and Sean Smith returned an interception 100 yards.

Chiefs captains

The Chiefs’ captains were offensive tackle Jah Reid, cornerback Sean Smith and cornerback Jamell Fleming. All three are first-time captains this season.

Ford starts again

Dee Ford made his third straight start for the Chiefs as Justin Houston continues to recover from a hyperextended knee.

Ford has played extensively since Houston was injured against Buffalo on Nov. 29. He’s coming off a three-sack game against the Chargers last week.

Joining Houston on the inactive list for Sunday’s game against the Ravens were quarterback Aaron Murray, wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas, safety Husain Abdullah, offensive lineman Jeff Allen and defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches and David King.

Zach Fulton started at left guard.

Terez A. Paylor: 816-234-4489, @TerezPaylor, and Blair Kerkhoff: 816-234-4730, @BlairKerkhoff

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