Titans rally to beat Chiefs in AFC wild card game

Lawrence Cooper
January 7, 2018

Marcus Mariota led the Titans on three touchdown drives, Smith could not even manage to get his team a field goal, and the Chiefs were stunned 22-21 to end their season.

The NFL playoffs get started Saturday with a doubleheader starting in Kansas City, where the Chiefs will try to beat Tennessee for their first home postseason win in almost a quarter century.

Derrick Henry wasn't happy with his performance in the season-finale. The Titans failed on the two-point conversion attempt.

Rapoport added the Titans are prepared to take a run at New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels if they don't bring Mularkey back.

As multiple Kansas City defenders ran at him near the line of scrimmage, Mariota saw an open man in the end zone and threw the ball.

But the Titans squandered a chance to chop into the lead midway through the second quarter, when Mariota was intercepted by Marcus Peters at the 9 on a pass intended for Delanie Walker.

Henry started for the second consecutive game in place of DeMarco Murray, who is sidelined by a knee injury. The Titans were getting ready to play their first playoff game since 2008, and the news was surely a bit of a distraction for Mularkey and for the team. The drive stalling gave the Chiefs the ball back with a little under two minutes left.

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It seemed like it would be a futile afternoon for the Titans, as the half ended 21-3 in favor of the Chiefs. Kansas City made it 14-0 when quarterback Alex Smith hit tight end Travis Kelce for a 13-yard score.

Dick LeBeau's defense forced yet another punt on the ensuing Chiefs possession, and the Titans embarked on yet another long scoring drive, this time going 80 yards on 11 plays and ate up just over five minutes of game time. Mariota clearly lost the ball before hitting the ground.

Tennessee got the ball back with 2:09 left in the game.

The clock wound down and the Titans won their first playoff game since the 2003 season.

Henry had a career-high 132 rushing yards and a score on 21 carries, essentially icing the game with a 22-yard run after a tremendous block by Mariota to spring him for the first down.

This wasn't the prettiest season for the Titans, and a big reason for that has been the uneven play of Marcus Mariota.

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