Titans rally to edge Chiefs 22-21 in playoffs
- Author: Stacy Allen Jan 07, 2018,
Jan 07, 2018, 5:47
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 Titans needed a win in their regular-season finale and some help to earn a wild-card spot as the AFC's fifth seed. Two-point conversion attempts after each score failed.
But once the Titans defeated the Jaguars 15-10 to snap a three-game losing streak, secure a second consecutive winning season and the franchise's first playoff berth in almost a decade, Mularkey imagined he's return for the final season of his three-year contract, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation.
His pass to the end zone was deflected by Darrelle Revis right back to Mariota, who not only caught it but dived into the end zone for the score.
Marcus Mariota proved Gisele Bundchen wrong.
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After leading the Chiefs to a 21-3 halftime lead over Tennessee, the veteran quarterback watched in horror as everything unraveled. The Chiefs finished the drive with a touchdown.
The second-team All-Pro caught a pass over the middle and was going to the ground when Cyprien tried to lay a shoulder into him.
And expectations for this season skyrocketed after the Titans went 9-7 in 2016, the six-win increase from its 3-13 mark the previous year setting the largest single-season turnaround in franchise history.
QB Alex Smith and the Chiefs offense drove down the field on that drive and got seven more points on a DeMarcus Robinson touchdown reception.
Just as important as firing up their run game will be stopping Kansas's City's dynamic backfield, which includes the NFL's top rusher in Kareem Hunt. He clearly fumbled the ball and the Chiefs recovered.
Tennessee got the ball back with 2:09 left in the game. The crowd went wild as fireworks popped over Arrowhead Stadium - until replays showed that Henry was down.
The clock wound down and the Titans won their first playoff game since the 2003 season. But if the Bills win, the Titans will face the Pittsburgh Steelers next Sunday.