Chiefs vs Titans: What to Watch for
- Author: Regina Holmes Jan 07, 2018,
Jan 07, 2018, 6:07
Marcus Mariota did what few quarterbacks have ever done before at the National Football League level this Saturday in Kansas City - he caught his own touchdown pass. Mariota rolled out on the play, tried to fit in a dart to WR Corey Davis, but his pass was knocked down, and as Mariota was falling off balance to his left, he located the ball, caught the deflection and dove into the near left corner of the end zone for a touchdown. It was nearly a disaster, as a Chiefs defender got his hands on the pass and batted it up in the air.
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 went three and out on their next series, but an Adoree' Jackson muffed punt gave Kansas City the ball back in field goal range. And for the second year in a row, the Titans beat the Chiefs on their own home turf. A 35-yard run by Derrick Henry further cut into the Chiefs' lead before Eric Decker's 22-yard catch gave the Titans their first lead. But the officials ruled the play was over, it could not be reviewed and the Titans had time for a field goal that wound up being crucial in a game where every point mattered.
The Chiefs needed a break, and seemed to get it when Peters stripped the ball from Henry; Johnson recovered the ball and ran it back 56 yards. Instead, the Chiefs ended up losing 22-21 and their postseason home heartache continued.
Alex Smith connected with tight end Travis Kelce for a 13-yard touchdown pass with 2:15 left in the first quarter.
Smith is 8 of 11 for 154 yards and the score.
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Chiefs president Mark Donovan vowed that their game against the Titans would sell out, but there were still plenty of seats available late in the week.
Several ticket brokers listed seats Saturday for less than $30 apiece, including the fees.
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