Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Titans rally from 18 down, stun Chiefs

Titans rally from 18 down, stun Chiefs

The Titans (10-7) are coming off their first playoff win in 14 seasons, a 22-21 thriller at Kansas City in the wild-card round Saturday that left the Chiefs winless at Arrowhead in the postseason since 1994. "I just wanted to be able to come out here and execute the plays that were called and help this team and this offence". I'm a part of a group of guys that really just believe in each other. "And it's something special". They won in Pittsburgh earlier this season but doing it in the playoffs is a different matter entirely and quarterback Blake Bortles simply looks incapable of taking them any further.

Derrick Henry had a career-high 156 yards rushing and another score for Tennessee (10-7), while a defense that was fileted by Alex Smith and the Chiefs (10-7) during the first half pitched a shutout in the second half - dooming the Kansas City franchise to another humiliating postseason defeat.

He was good enough to lead the Chiefs to the playoffs.

Nagy is a candidate for head coaching jobs with the Bears and Colts, and Reid said Sunday that he wasn't sure if there would be changes to his coaching staff. "The swing at halftime to the final whistle, definitely a shock".

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Mariota completed 19 of 31 passes for 205 yards to go with his two touchdowns and an interception.

Adding to the depression?

The letdown was made even more depressing when Henry appeared to fumble as Tennessee tried to run out the clock.

The Chiefs also lost a would-be touchdown on a fumble return by Johnson late in the game when Tennessee running back Derrick Henry was ruled down after a video review.

On first-and-goal from the Jaguars 1, coach Sean McDermott and offensive coordinator Rick Dennison elected to call a run-pass option instead of asking quarterback Tyrod Taylor to either run it in himself or hand it off to running back LeSean McCoy against one of the most vulnerable run defenses in the playoffs. Alex Smith possibly might have played his last game with the Chiefs, but Reid wasn't ready to anoint Patrick Mahomes the starter in 2018 just yet. "Execute the plays and everything will take care of itself". Smith had been almost ideal in the first half when Titan defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau took his defense to task.

The fifth-seeded Titans, who overcame an 18-point deficit to topple the Chiefs, 22-21, at Arrowhead Saturday, come to Foxborough, Mass., as a relatively unfamiliar foe.

"This is a good test for our football team", Mularkey said, "but these are the type of games you have to win".

Kansas City had fewer than 100 yards in the second half.

"He can block", Henry said of Mariota.

The Titans got a break when Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce left the game with a concussion. And the Titans blanketed Tyreek Hill whenever he touched the ball, and they stacked the box to slow Hunt down in obvious rushing situations.

As for the officiating, the call on the Mariota fumble which led to the field goal in the first half was perplexing. The other cost the Chiefs two points because it happened on a two-point conversion.

Safety Johnathan Cyprien made two huge stops to squash the Chiefs' final comeback drive. Tennessee wound up kicking a field goal.

The difference in the game was two fold.

But against the Titans, in the second half the play-calling looked very Reid-like and unlike what had been working the last month of the season. When he was in the game, they could not stop him, allowing four catches for 66 yards and a 13-yard touchdown reception.

Ten-FG Succop 49, 1:55. That drive ended with Smith's second touchdown pass, a 14 yarder to Demarcus Robinson.

"He can run. He can pass".

Kansas City's last home playoff was almost a quarter of a century ago.

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