Tennessee Titans beat Chiefs 22-21 with comeback, advance in playoffs

Tennessee Titans beat Chiefs 22-21 with comeback, advance in playoffs

The Titans took the lead for good when Marcus Mariota connected with Eric Decker on a 22-yard TD pass with 6:06 to go in the game. No one could hardly believe it. The defense forced a stop, and kicker Harrison Butker hit the right upright on a 48-yard field goal attempt. But the Titans switched seamlessly to Henry, who gained 156 yards on 23 carries, including a 35-yard touchdown run.

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 team is led by rookie running back Kareem Hunt who led the league in rushing (1,327 yards).

Mariota leads the National Football League this season with five game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime.

The Chiefs lead the Titans 14-0 at the end of the first quarter, which is precisely the same score after 15 minutes when these teams met in the regular season in 2016. Kelce was wobbly getting up, and ruled out for the game with a concussion.

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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. The Chiefs returned the fumble for a touchdown, but it was easily overturned.

96 percent of selected analysts are picking the Chiefs to win per NFL Pick Watch. With 3rd and 10 looming, the Titands could either run the ball and the clock or opt to throw the ball and risk stopping the clock and leaving the Chiefs with just under two minutes and a timeout. 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. Meanwhile, Tennessee (9-7) has lost three of its last four and is 3-5 on the road this season. For the second year in a row, the Titans held the Chiefs offense to zero points scored in the second half of a game.

Saturday's outcome, the latest in a cavalcade of brutal playoff exits, extended the Chiefs' home playoff drought another year. It was just a bit more important this time around.

Rapoport added the Titans are prepared to take a run at New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels if they don't bring Mularkey back.

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