07 January, 2018
Mariota has more interceptions (15) than touchdown passes (13), but any possibility of the Titans pulling off the upset in Kansas City will be because of the play of Mariota. 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.
The Chiefs led 21-3 at the half, but the offense went cold and the defense became a sieve in the final 30 minutes. But Kelce had to sit out the second half after sustaining a concussion in the second quarter, and the Chiefs never recovered. He finished the game with 11 carries for 42 yards and a touchdown. With a Jaguars win, the Titans will play in New England. It wouldn't matter, however, as the Titans would get another first down to secure the 22-21 win.
They haven't won a home playoff game since January 1994, when Joe Montana was under center, and only two in their entire history.
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.
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On 2nd and 12, Henry gained just two yards and the Chiefs used their second timeout.
Play-by-play man Sean McDonough congratulated Gruden on his transition back to coaching, and the former Raiders and Buccaneers head coach replied: "Nothing is official yet but these Chiefs fans have been on my case since I got here".
Chiefs president Mark Donovan vowed that their game against the Titans would sell out, but there were still plenty of seats available late in the week.
The young Rams are one of the surprise teams this National Football League season and their first postseason game is against a team that played in the Super Bowl past year.
The nightcap features the Falcons visiting the Rams at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.