Marcus Mariota's Touchdown for the Ages Helps the Titans Past the Chiefs

07 January, 2018, 06:13 | Author: Edward Fernandez
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Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota caught an astonishing touchdown pass from himself as the Titans rallied from an 18-point deficit Saturday to beat the Kansas City Chiefs 22-21 in the National Football League playoffs.

Alex Smith has been part of some embarrassing playoff defeats in Kansas City, including the Chiefs' huge blown lead in Indianapolis several years ago and the nip-and-tuck loss to Pittsburgh last season. Rapoport notes that the Chiefs are not only open to it but that the actual returns on the trade could actually be better than what they traded for Smith in the first place.

The Chiefs lead 21-3 early in the third quarter.

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.

Chiefs All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce left the game late in the first half after a hit by Titans' Johnathan Cyprien.

But on third-and-6, he scrambled left before firing a pass into the end zone, where it was deflected into the air by Chiefs cornerback Darrelle Revis.

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The Titans drove into Chiefs territory midway through the second quarter but Peters intercepted an underthrown pass from Mariota in the red zone, ending the threat.

That's right. The man caught his own pass for a touchdown.

Kareem Hunt carried just 11 times for 42 yards and the opening touchdown.

The Titans' defense, which gave up 21 first half points to the Chiefs, rallied to keep the Chiefs' dynamic offense out of the end zone. The Titans failed to convert the two-point conversion, but momentum was firmly on their side.

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

The Chiefs' win streak is over and the long home playoff win drought continues thanks to a 22-21 defeat Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium. Three first downs brought the Chiefs to the Titans' 44-yard line, but Smith's fourth-and-9 pass over the middle bounced off receiver Albert Wilson's fingertips, and the Titans retook possession with a little over two minutes remaining.

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