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Titans beat Chiefs, 22-21, in epic playoff comeback

07 January, 2018, 06:10 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Dec 24 2017 Nashville TN USA Tennessee Titans running back De Marco Murray fights off a tackle attempt by /Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson during the first half at Nissan Stadium

Marcus Mariota threw two touchdown passes, including one to himself, and picked up the biggest block of the game on a 3rd down situation late in the fourth period to ice the game.

It has been an interesting year for the Kansas City Chiefs.

A touchdown before the end of the first half gave the Chiefs a 21-3 lead, and they seemed to be well on their way to a victory over the Tennessee Titans.

Wrong. Triplette ruled that Mariota's forward progress had been stopped.

The Chiefs were briefly given a glimmer of hope in the final two minutes when an apparent Henry fumble was returned for a score by linebacker Derrick Johnson, but reviews revealed the running back was down by contact.

Along the way, the Chiefs lost All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce to a concussion and defensive tackle Chris Jones to an ankle injury, depriving them of emotional leaders on both sides of the ball.

The Titans drew to within a touchdown on a 35-yard run by Derrick Henry with 14:08 left in the fourth quarter.


The ball was deflected, only to be caught by Mariota, who ran in for a score.

Mariota, whose pass was batted by Darrelle Revis, snagged the ball and dove into the end zone, capping a 15-play, 91-yard drive that lasted 8½ minutes.

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.

The Chiefs are on the board first in their playoff game against Tennessee with Kareem Hunt, this season's National Football League rushing champion, plunging in from 1 yard out for a touchdown. For the second year in a row, the Titans held the Chiefs offense to zero points scored in the second half of a game.

The two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving Tennessee down 21-16.

Gruden is providing the color analysis for ESPN's broadcast of the Chiefs-Titans playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium. Instead, the Chiefs ended up losing 22-21 and their postseason home heartache continued.

Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters hid out in the locker room during the national anthem before their playoff game against Tennessee, just as he has done all season.

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