Chiefs' win probability was almost 98 percent at one point against Titans

Chiefs' win probability was almost 98 percent at one point against Titans

Mariota reeled in the loose ball and plunged into the end zone - credited with a six-yard TD pass to himself.

But the Titans squandered a chance to chop into the lead midway through the second quarter, when Mariota was intercepted by Marcus Peters at the 9 on a pass intended for Delanie Walker. Since their 27-24 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wild-card round on January 8, 1994, the Chiefs have gone 0-6 in home playoff games.

Then Henry rumbled 35 yards for a touchdown to get Tennessee within 21-16 with 14:08 to go.

In a game where almost every single national media member, outside of ESPN's Randy Moss and NFL Network's Adam Rank, gave the Tennessee Titans no chance to win, the Two-Tone Blue pulled off an 18-point comeback to beat the Kansas City Chiefs 22-21 and advance to the AFC Divisional Round. The Chiefs couldn't capitalize on the turnover and the Titans later cut it to 14-3 with a field goal late in the second quarter but two big pass plays to DeMarcus Robinson put the Chiefs across midfield and Robinson finished it with a 14-yard strike TD to make it 21-3 at the half.

Even Kareem Hunt, Kansas City's dynamic rookie running back, who had come out of nowhere to lead the N.F.L.in rushing this season, seemed unable to do anything in the second half. The Chiefs would have returned the fumble for two points, but Mariota was ruled in the grasp and the play was blown dead.

Tennessee almost squandered its momentum when Adoree Jackson fumbled a punt, but the Chiefs were unable to pick up a first down and Butker knocked a 48-yard field goal off the upright.

Freaky plays had a role in Saturday's loss, too.




Mariota, whose pass was batted by Darrelle Revis, snagged the ball and dove into the end zone, capping a 15-play, 91-yard drive that lasted 8½ minutes. Derrick Johnson scooped it up and ran it in untouched for the apparent score.

It was his second career touchdown catch. The Chiefs led 21-3 at the half, but the offense went cold and the defense became a sieve in the final 30 minutes. The bad breaks continued, as an unnecessary-roughness penalty on Ukeme Eligwe negated what should have been a drive-extending roughing-the-kicker penalty. The Titans were getting ready to play their first playoff game since 2008, and the news was surely a bit of a distraction for Mularkey and for the team. The Chiefs went three-and-out on the next drive.

On the Chiefs' ensuring drive, tight end Travis Kelce appeared to lose the ball on a hit by Johnathan Cyprien.

Mariota capped an 80-yard march with a 22-yard bullet between two defenders to receiver Eric Decker, a touchdown that gave Tennessee the 22-21 lead.

With the weight of the Chiefs' past playoff failures now looming large, the Titans again took advantage. Cornerback Marcus Peters burst through the line and ripped the ball from Henry's arms.

Tennessee appeared to come into the game at a disadvantage because its starting running back, DeMarco Murray, was out with a knee injury.

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