Chiefs' home playoff curse continues in loss to Titans

07 January, 2018, 05:48 | Author: Laura Christensen
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Mariota's two touchdown passes included a 22-yard go-ahead toss to Eric Decker 6:06 left in the fourth quarter.

The rally began with Mariota taking matters into his own hands - the Titans' franchise quarterback completed a 6-yard touchdown pass to himself to cut the Chiefs' lead to 21-10 with 6:31 remaining in the third quarter. Derrick Henry coughed up the ball and this time no whistle was blown, so Johnson returned the fumble for a touchdown.

Midway through the fourth quarter, after the Titans took their first lead of the game, they attempted a two-point conversion.

The same game plan should be in place for the Chiefs when they face the Titans.

Rolling to the left away from pressure, Mariota threw into the end zone right at the line of scrimmage.

His counterpart, Marcus Mariota, was 7 of 13 for 82 yards with no touchdowns and an interception.


The Chiefs have now lost six straight home playoff games, and 10 of their last 11 postseason games. On the second play of that possession, Kelce caught a 12-yard pass and was hit extremely hard by S Johnathan Cyprien, who legally led with his shoulder but accidentally caught Kelce in a helmet-to-helmet collision.

The Bills' only hope of victory lies in their ability to disrupt Jacksonville's run game-a tall order, seeing as the Jaguars' rushers are second to none this season-and expose their weakest link: Blake Bortles. The drive stalling gave the Chiefs the ball back with a little under two minutes left.

The Chiefs had built a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter, when quarterback Alex Smith used big completions to wide receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce to set up touchdowns. Kelce was wobbly getting up, and ruled out for the game with a concussion.

It's easy to connect the dots, given Titans general manager Jon Robinson's long history in the Patriots organization, and McDaniels' experience working with one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.

In addition to throwing more than 200 yards, Mariota rushed eight times for 46 yards, out rushing the NFL's leading rusher in Kareem Hunt. The crowd went wild as fireworks popped over Arrowhead Stadium - until replays showed that Henry was down.

Henry had a career-high 132 rushing yards and a score on 21 carries, essentially icing the game with a 22-yard run after a tremendous block by Mariota to spring him for the first down.

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