Titans rally from 18 down, stun Chiefs

Titans rally from 18 down, stun Chiefs

His 13 TD passes vs.15 interceptions is worthy of a N.Y. Jets quarterback.

The Titans were down 21-3 in the third quarter of their away wildcard game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday night when Mariota launched the comeback march by catching his own pass. "I'm a part of a great team".

"I don't think you guys believe me, when they come in the locker room, there is a look - they're going to come back and win this game", he said. "And it's something special".

Titans' head coach Mike Mularkey witnessed a huge second half comeback, as Henry helped it shutout Kansas City 19-0 (Chiefs led 21-3 at halftime).

Meanwhile, the Chiefs squandered another chance for their first home playoff win since January 1994, a stretch of post-season futility that includes heartbreaks of just about every stripe.

"I'm under contract for another year", he said. "The swing at halftime to the final whistle, definitely a shock". Coaches and players, we have to change it around.

Alex Smith has five interceptions on the year, with 4,000 yards passing.

Later in the fourth, Harrison Butker missed a field goal off the uprights that would have given the Chiefs an eight point lead.

Adding to the depression?

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

Marcus Mariota did everything he could to help the Titans advance in the playoffs, throwing a insane touchdown pass to himself, running for crucial first downs and providing the kind of spark that Tennessee needed to rally from a 21-3 halftime hole.

"Grit. It's just grit", Henry said. The Chiefs offense is more productive, less vulnerable and they take care of the ball tremendously. Nothing bigger than the play-calling sent the Chiefs home, with a record sixth straight home playoff loss. "We're ready for them". "Don't get complacent. We have bigger goals than this game"'. The Titans also have a reliable kicker in Ryan Succop, who was formerly a Chief. We started off with a nice little run there in the second half and then it tailed off there a little bit.

'Right place, right time, ' Mariota said with a smile after the game.

One of the most crucial moments of the first half was a hit by Jonathan Cyprien on Chiefs tight endTravis Kelce. That puts the Titans in a position to win.

Finally, the Titans pulled ahead on Mariota's strike to Decker, and that led to more controversy from the officials.

Instead of getting in the pulling guard's hip pocket he ends up chasing Mariota, which lets Derrick Henry get a full head of steam. However, the final ruling was that Mariota's forward progress had been stopped. That one was bad, but at least it happened on the road and in Reid's first season, with a team that was not yet complete in his image. "That's a good feeling, knowing how they're going to come out, no matter what".

Only two other road teams have rallied from at least 18 down to win a playoff game in National Football League history.

Kelce sustained his concussion on a wicked blow from Titans S Johnathan Cyprien late in the first half. All-around weapon Tyreek Hill had just 14 yards rushing and seven catches for 87 yards, and he dropped three passes. That drive ended with Smith's second touchdown pass, a 14 yarder to Demarcus Robinson.

"Look at No. 24 Darrelle Revis on Derrick Henry's game-clinching run". Henry carried the ball 23 times for a career-high 156 yards.

Things will never be the same in Kansas City come next season, and that's a good thing.

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