Chiefs collapse late, fall to Titans 22-21 in playoff opener

Chiefs collapse late, fall to Titans 22-21 in playoff opener

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. At the end of the Titans' opening drive of the second half, Mariota attempted pass on third-and-goal from the Chiefs' 6-yard line. It was nearly a disaster, as a Chiefs defender got his hands on the pass and batted it up in the air.

The Kansas City Chiefs entered their wild-card game against the Tennessee Titans riding a four-game winning streak to close out the regular season. This score made the game a lot closer, at 21-10, with about half the third quarter left to play. The Titans went for two, and safety Daniel Sorensen had ahold of Marcus Mariota as he scrambled.

He caught the ball and quickly dove into the end zone for the freaky score.

It has been an interesting year for the Kansas City Chiefs. A 35-yard run by Derrick Henry further cut into the Chiefs' lead before Eric Decker's 22-yard catch gave the Titans their first lead. Instead, the Chiefs ended up losing 22-21 and their postseason home heartache continued.

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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.

With the weight of the Chiefs' past playoff failures now looming large, the Titans again took advantage. I don't want to get fined or whatever.

The Chiefs have only won two home playoff games in franchise history, the last in January 1994, so perhaps there was some trepidation among fans about investing in a ticket this season.

And with an hour left before kickoff, the usual snarl of traffic getting into the parking lots was relatively light. For the second time in the game, referee Jeff Triplette promptly waved off a potentially game-changing play in the Chiefs' favor by saying Mariota was down before the fumble due to forward progress.

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