Mariota threw for 205 yards and two scores, including the 22-yard go-ahead strike to Eric Decker with just over six minutes left that ushered the Titans into the divisional round of the playoffs. He is a great man who was part of a crew that did not have a good game. "And it's something special".
Making their first playoff appearance since 2008, the Tennessee Titans did not disappoint as they rallied from an 18 point deficit to be the first team in 60 years to rally from down 18 or more points to win a playoff game on the road.
Derrick Henry added a career-high 156 yards rushing and another score for the Titans.
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Later in the fourth, Harrison Butker missed a field goal off the uprights that would have given the Chiefs an eight point lead.
The letdown was made even more depressing when Henry appeared to fumble as Tennessee tried to run out the clock.
The Chiefs' Derrick Johnson picked up the ball and returned it for a touchdown with 1:47 to go, and the crowd went wild as fireworks shot off over Arrowhead Stadium. There should now be little question as to who the Titans' running back of the future and now should be. "Like I said, I'm not thinking about anything else". They won their last two games, knocking the Lions and Ravens out of the playoff race. "Execute the plays and everything will take care of itself".
Kareem Hunt is somewhat soft spoken. I hate to say it, but this was not a good performance by the crew.
But it was the Titans who finished, and it was Mariota who led the way.
Smith was 4-for-10 passing for only 33 yards in the second half to finish with 264 passing yards as he enters an offseason of uncertainty.
Instead, Taylor lofted a fade pass toward the left corner of the end zone where Kelvin Benjamin was whistled for offensive pass interference on All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey, pushing the Bills back 10 yards.
Tennessee almost squandered its momentum when Adoree Jackson fumbled a punt, but the Chiefs were unable to pick up a first down and Butker knocked a 48-yard field goal off the upright. The Titans, meanwhile, scored touchdowns on each of their first three possessions of the second half and took the lead midway through the fourth quarter. And the Titans blanketed Tyreek Hill whenever he touched the ball, and they stacked the box to slow Hunt down in obvious rushing situations.
As for the officiating, the call on the Mariota fumble which led to the field goal in the first half was perplexing. Tennessee went for a 2-point conversion and a field-goal edge, Mariota fumbled as he was getting sacked and Frank Zombo scooped up the ball for two points the other way.
Safety Johnathan Cyprien made two huge stops to squash the Chiefs' final comeback drive. It was a play I was lobbying for the whole time and it didnt work out.. "I know what I'm going to get from them every week".
The difference in the game was two fold. "And they came through today when we really needed it".
Team owner Amy Adams Strunk on Sunday said her coach isn't going anywhere after helping change the Titans' culture and leading them to their first playoff victory in 14 years. Kelce, who had four catches for 66 yards, lay stunned on the turf for a moment before wobbling to his feet. That drive ended with Smith's second touchdown pass, a 14 yarder to Demarcus Robinson.
"He can run. He can pass".
Ten-Decker 22 pass from Mariota (pass failed), 6:06.
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