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Titans win AFC Wild Card game over Chiefs

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Tennessee Titans used a second-half comeback to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday afternoon. The Titans won 22-21 over the Chiefs in the AFC Wild Card round game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Titans improved to 10-7 on the season. They will be playing against the Pittsburgh Steelers or the New England Patriots next weekend.

The Chiefs ended their season with a 10-7 record.

Kansas City has lost 10 straight playoff games. This was their first Wild Card round game since a 45-44 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on January 4th, 2014.

They have not won a playoff game since a 27-24 win over the Steelers on January 8th, 1994.

The Titans joined the Patriots, who have overcome 18-point or more deficits in the past two playoffs. According to ESPN’s Stats and Information, it matches the number of times it had happened in every playoff game in modern NFL history prior to Super Bowl LI.

The Patriots overcame a 28-3 deficit in Super Bowl LI to the Atlanta Falcons in the third quarter. They ended up winning 34-28 in overtime.

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota went 19 of 31 for 205 passing yards. He had two touchdowns and an interception.

Mariota is the first Heisman Trophy winner, who has won a road playoff game since Jim Plunkett. He guided the Oakland Raiders to a 1980 AFC Championship game win over the San Diego Chargers.

Derrick Henry had 23 carries for 156 rushing yards, including a touchdown. Mariota also has eight carries for 46 yards.

Delanie Walker had six receptions for 74 yards. Henry had two receptions for 35 yards. Corey Davis had four receptions for 35 yards. Eric Decker has two receptions for 21 yards, including a touchdown. Mariota also had a six yard touchdown reception, as his pass was deflected, then he caught it and scored.

Mariota is the second player in NFL history to caught his own touchdown pass. Former NFL quarterback Brad Johnson was the first to do this, as it happened when he was a member of the Minnesota Vikings on October 12th, 1997 against the Carolina Panthers.

Titans kicker Ryan Succop also made a field goal.

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith went 24 of 33 for 264 passing yards. He also had two touchdowns.

This was his final game with the Chiefs, as the team transitions to Patrick Mahomes II in 2018. Mahomes II was the Chiefs 10th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Also, according to ESPN’s Stats and Information, Smith had just 110 passing yards on the final three quarters of the game. He had 154 passing yards in the first quarter.

Kareem Hunt had 11 carries for 42 yards, including a touchdown. Tyreek Hill has a 14 yard rush, while Smith had four carries for 13 yards.

Hill also had seven receptions for 87 yards. Travis Kelce has four receptions for 66 yards, including a touchdown, all in the first half.

Kelce missed the second half after suffering a concussion on a hard hit to the head by Titans safety Johnathan Cyprien. Demarcus Robinson had four receptions for 57 yards, including a touchdown.

Hill had 26 yards in the final three quarters, according to ESPN’s Stats and Information. Kelce had a 12-yard reception in the second quarter, while Hunt had 15 yards.


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