Sport Tennessee Titans come back from the dead to see off Kansas City

09:06  07 january  2018
09:06  07 january  2018 Source:

Chiefs hosts down-to-wire Titans in wild-card game

  Chiefs hosts down-to-wire Titans in wild-card game The two clubs opening the wild card playoff round at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday afternoon enter from opposite perspectives. The Chiefs clinched their second straight AFC West championship two weeks ago and coasted to the finish. The Tennessee Titans fought to the final minute of the season in breaking a three-game skid to clinch their first playoff berth since 2008.“We had a number of chances to get ourselves in, but unfortunately we had to wait until the last one to do it,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. “I don’t know if that made it better, but it’s a good feeling.

The Tennessee Titans are on to the postseason and face the Kansas City Chiefs. If the Titans can get the Chiefs defense off balance, the game is will come a little bit easier for them and they will be in control when both units are on the field.

The Tennessee Titans looked awful in the first half, but came to life in the third quarter to dig their way out of a 21-3 halftime hole and defeat the Kansas City Chiefs If the Titans hope to get Mariota back on track and off to a fast start next week, the offense around him needs to do him more favors.

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Eric Decker (87) is congratulated by tight end Delanie Walker (82), wide receiver Rishard Matthews (18), and wide receiver Corey Davis (84) on his 22-yard touchdown catch against Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Eric Murray (21), during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel): Titans Chiefs Football © AP/PA photowire service Titans Chiefs Football

The Tennessee Titans were 21-3 down at the half but scored 19 unanswered points as they booked their ticket in the Divisional Round of the play-offs.

Marcus Mariota threw for two touchdowns - including one to himself - as the Titans saw off the Kansas City Chiefs 22-21 at the Arrowhead Stadium.

A one-yard touchdown run from Kareem Hunt and 13-yard pass for six from Alex Smith to Travis Kelce had got the home side off to a dream start in the first quarter, with Demarcus Robinson finding the endzone just before half time.

But Mariota - 19 out of 31 for 205 yards - helped the Titans to their first playoff win for 14 years when he scored a touchdown in unlikely circumstances, having a pass deflected back into his hands and diving into the end zone.

The Atlanta Falcons toiled less in their 26-13 win over the Los Angeles Rams, racing to a 13-0 lead and sealing the deal with an eight-yard touchdown for Julio Jones with 5:48 left in the game.

Matt Ryan completed 21 of 30 for 218 yards as the Falcons look to emulate last season's play-off run which saw them make the Super Bowl.

Darrelle Revis seemingly wanted nothing to do with Derrick Henry's game-clinching run .
For the free-agent-to-be, Revis sure didn't look to make an impact on the most important play of the Chiefs' season.The once-great Pro Bowl cornerback looked to veer away from making a tackle on Titans running back Derrick Henry in the closing minutes of Saturday's wild-card playoff matchup.


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