Titans rally to edge Chiefs 22-21 in playoffs

Titans rally to edge Chiefs 22-21 in playoffs

Titans rally to edge Chiefs 22-21 in playoffs

Marcus Mariota had to be his own receiver to get the Tennessee Titans their first touchdown on Saturday. It was nearly a disaster, as a Chiefs defender got his hands on the pass and batted it up in the air.

While Kansas City is a better team on paper than the Titans, those submitting picks or placing bets should keep in mind that 1) Tennessee can play better than its record indicates and 2) the Chiefs haven't won a home playoff game since January 1994. Accentuating the ominousness was a an interception thrown by QB Marcus Mariota, who didn't see playmaking Chiefs CB Marcus Peters peel off the WR and jump TE Delanie Walker's route.

Kansas City's Frank Zombo picked up the loose ball and took it to the end zone, but Mariota was ruled down and the fumble recovery didn't happen.

It has been an interesting year for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Mariota's touchdown pass - and reception, for that matter - capped a 15-play, 91-yard drive that took 8:29 and ultimately trimmed the Titans' deficit to 21-10.

The Chiefs grabbed an early 14-0 lead against the Titans for the second time in as many seasons.

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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.

Alas, postseason redemption never seems to happen for Chiefs fans. On the next possession, Alex Smith hit tight end Travis Kelce for a 13-yard score.

Jon Gruden may be getting an up-close look at his future rival.

On 2nd and 12, Henry gained just two yards and the Chiefs used their second timeout. I don't want to get fined or whatever. And while many players from both teams played in that game, things are definitely a little bit different this time around. The Titans needed a win in their regular-season finale and some help to earn a wild-card spot as the AFC's fifth seed.

The Bills visit the Jaguars and the Panthers visit the Saints on Sunday, and the outcome of those games will determine whom the winners on Saturday will face next week.

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