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Ravens wary of Chiefs' Hali

One factor in the Kansas City Chiefs' improvement to 39 sacks this season from 22 in 2009 has been the performance of outside linebacker Tamba Hali.

The former first-round pick in 2006 wrapped up the regular season with 14½ sacks, which was tops in the AFC and second in the NFL to Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware's 15½ takedowns.

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The primary task of cutting off Hali in Sunday's AFC Wildcard game falls on Ravens left tackle Michael Oher."He's legit," Oher said of Hali. "He's a pretty good player. He's going to be a challenge the entire game."

Hali has been known to line up on the left side of the Chiefs defensive front and even as an inside linebacker in the defense's 3-4 scheme. Oher said the offense must be aware of Hali's presence.

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"The guy goes after the ball non-stop," he said. "He has all the tools. He's a great player."

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