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Marcus Mariota throws touchdown to himself against Chiefs

07 January 2018

Despite having one of the proudest traditions in the National Football League, and their stadium having a certain mystique about it, the Chiefs are miserable when the postseason rolls around. Meanwhile, Tennessee (9-7) has lost three of its last four and is 3-5 on the road this season.

If not for a road win over the Houston Texans a couple of years ago, the Chiefs would still be searching for their first postseason victory of any kind since that home win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. "But to go down like this - it really hurts", said Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson, one of the longest-tenured players in the history of the franchise. With 3rd and 10 looming, the Titands could either run the ball and the clock or opt to throw the ball and risk stopping the clock and leaving the Chiefs with just under two minutes and a timeout. "And we didn't. You're good enough, you come out with that win". Every break, every call, every gotta-have-it moment seemed to have gone against the Chiefs to that point, so there was little wonder when - on the ensuing two-point conversion - everyone rose with joy at the sight of Daniel Sorensen's sack of Mariota.

The Chiefs lead the Titans 14-0 at the end of the first quarter, which is precisely the same score after 15 minutes when these teams met in the regular season in 2016. Yep, the Titans' chances of rallying was a mere 2.1 percent.

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Also not blown away: Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who was asked after the team's latest playoff loss about Triplette's forward-progress calls. I don't want to get fined. "It's not worth it". But Henry was ruled down before the fumble, and Tennessee was able to run out the clock.

But replay showed Henry was clearly down by contact. Rapoport notes that the Chiefs are not only open to it but that the actual returns on the trade could actually be better than what they traded for Smith in the first place. The first came on a one-yard run by Kareem Hunt and the second on a 13-yard catch by Kelce.

Marcus Mariota throws touchdown to himself against Chiefs