Published: Sun, January 07, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Marcus Mariota throws touchdown to himself against Chiefs

Titans running back Derrick Henry carries the ball in the third quarter of the AFC Wild Card Playoff Game against the Kansas City Chief.

This wasn't the prettiest season for the Titans, and a big reason for that has been the uneven play of Marcus Mariota.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid spent an entire timeout arguing the call to no avail. 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. But tight end Travis Kelce's concussion shortly before halftime derailed the passing game, as quarterback Alex Smith struggled to replicate his early success as the offense was held scoreless in the final 30 minutes. The Titans kept the ball and kicked a field goal to cut the Chiefs' lead to 14-3.

Kareem Hunt carried just 11 times for 42 yards and the opening touchdown. Hunt's 1-yard score capped a six-play 81-yard drive. The Titans defense couldn't do anything to cover Kelce or speedy WR Tyreek Hill. Cornerback Marcus Peters burst through the line and ripped the ball from Henry's arms.

Fans unfurled a field-length flag during the rendition, and a B-2 bomber flew overhead, while the Titans and the rest of the Chiefs stood on their respective sidelines at attention.

That has become a familiar refrain for the Chiefs in the playoffs.

The Tennessee Titans nearly had a brutal collapse in the final two minutes against the Chiefs after making a comeback of their own. I don't want to get fined or whatever.

Marcus Mariota sparked the comeback by getting Tennessee its first touchdown after catching his own deflected pass in the third quarter to reduce the deficit to 21-10.

The fourth-seeded Chiefs won four straight games to cap the regular season and capture their second straight AFC West title.

Kansas City linebacker Derrick Johnson raced to the end zone with the apparent fumble for a touchdown, but it was overturned as officials deemed Henry was down and the play complete before Johnson scooped up the ball.

The nightcap features the Falcons visiting the Rams at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.

The Titans advance to a divisional game against either the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots or the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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