As reported before the game, Titans running back DeMarco Murray was inactive. Johnson recovered the fumble and returned it for a touchdown. In a game decided by one point, those two calls resulted in three points for the Titans and two taken away from the Chiefs. Kansas City leads the all-time series 29-22, including a 2-0 mark in the playoffs. It always is. It always has been with this team. If that has changed late in the year, this could be a real contest.
When their coach really needed it, too.
Asked whether the 2017 Chiefs underachieved, Smith said, "For sure". "Like I said, I'm not thinking about anything else. I just assumed the worst". In the second quarter the Titans finally started to get things going but a failure by Corey Davis to run a clearout route allowed Marcus Peters to make an interception.
Henry exploded for 156 yards on 23 carries. "He can block", Henry said of Mariota. "You've got to believe in each other, man".
The Titans last week became one of eight teams to make the playoffs this season after failing to do so previous year. Chiefs have not won home playoff game since beating Pittsburgh on January 1, 1994. So, they have only a second, third, fourth and sixth in the upcoming draft, putting new general manager Brett Veach in quite a predicament as he tries to bolster a roster that was not quite good enough. Kansas City had plus-15 turnover margin, second best in NFL. "It's a long process and surely after that game isn't where you go with that".
Marcus Mariota and company could have a very solid game.
Del Rio's firing catches Carr by surprise
Gruden told Carr that if he were choosing, he would factor in the brothers' different skill sets and the differences in the game. Jon Gruden will be the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders . "There is no news to report", Gruden told the network Saturday.
But the game was turned of its head when tight end Kelce suffered a concussion in a helmet-to-helmet hit on that drive that ruled him out for the whole second period.
"Grit. It's just grit", Henry said of the hard-fought comeback.
"I just got lucky there", Mariota told ESPN of the rare pass to himself.
Atlanta never trailed at the Coliseum while winning playoff games in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history. The Cowboys came back from 21-3 in the first half to beat the 49ers 30-28 in December 1972, and the Lions came back from 27-7 in the second half to beat the 49ers in December 1957. Smith's future with the team will certainly be debated, as fans had already been clamoring for a switch to Patrick Mahomes, the quarterback whom the team took with the 10th overall pick in the draft last spring.
Linebacker Derrick Johnson says making it to the play-offs is the goal every year.
"I'm under contract for another year", he said.