Titans come back from 18 down to shock Chiefs

Sheri Evans
January 7, 2018

What was much less surprising is that Triplette would be in the middle of several controversial calls in a game that ended with Tennessee eking out a 22-21 win.

Mariota appeared to lose the ball when he was drilled on a sack by Derrick Johnson, but the officials ruled he had been stopped by forward progress, which is not reviewable.

Midway through the fourth quarter, after the Titans took their first lead of the game, they attempted a two-point conversion.

Ryan Succop hit a 49-yard field goal to cut the Chiefs' lead to 14-3 with 1:55 remaining in the first half.

Mariota, who delivered a key block on Henry's game-clinching run in the fourth quarter, finished with 205 yards and two touchdown passes with one interception. Alex Smith had 264 yards and two touchdowns passing, including one each to Travis Kelce and Demarcus Robinson.

Mariota rolled to his left and threw toward the end zone, but Chiefs cornerback Darrell Revis deflected the pass back toward him. Yep, the Titans' chances of rallying was a mere 2.1 percent. But Kelce had to sit out the second half after sustaining a concussion in the second quarter, and the Chiefs never recovered.

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The Chiefs seemed to retake the momentum when Tennessee's Adoree' Jackson fumbled the ensuing punt and KC recovered, but three fruitless plays later, rookie kicker Harrison Butker doinked a 48-yard attempt off the left upright - evoking shades of Elliott, who missed a game-winning kick in the waning seconds of a 10-7 loss to Indianapolis in a January 7, 1996 divisional-round game.

The Chiefs still led 21-10 at that point, but the offense had gone cold.

With almost six minutes left in the game, the Chiefs still had an opportunity to retake the lead.

On the following play, Henry was knocked down behind the line of scrimmage by Marcus Peters, who stripped him of the ball after Henry was already down.

Even Kareem Hunt, Kansas City's dynamic rookie running back, who had come out of nowhere to lead the N.F.L.in rushing this season, seemed unable to do anything in the second half.

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