Marcus Mariota makes playoff history by throwing a TD pass to himself

Marcus Mariota makes playoff history by throwing a TD pass to himself

A native of Jackson, Miss. Kickoff in Kansas City this Saturday is at 3:35 Central Time. The Chiefs seemed to return to form to end the regular season with four consecutive victories, but then came Saturday's ill-fated clash with the Titans.

And when Tennessee plays in Kansas City on Saturday, Marcus Mariota will be one of four quarterbacks to make his postseason debut this wild-card weekend. "I kind of felt soft", Henry said after practice. Running back Derek Henry (23 rushes, 156 yards) was.

"That was his big coming out party", left tackle Taylor Lewan said. He joined Eddie George, who did it twice, and Earl Campbell as the only players in franchise history to run for 100 yards in a playoff game. In a game decided by one point, those two calls resulted in three points for the Titans and two taken away from the Chiefs.

Henry was filling in for injured Titans starter DeMarco Murray, while Kansas City was left reeling when Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce, who caught a 13-yard touchdown, was concussed and did not play in the second half.

"He can run. He can pass".

"Yeah, watched the National Football League network, watched the pregame special, been watching that all day", said Shayne Summar, also a Titans fan. "He can catch, too". "Right place, right time", Mariota said with a smile.


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. This also was Mariota's fifth fourth-quarter or overtime comeback of the season, most in the NFL. They returned to their style of dominate play in the final few weeks of the season. The Titans were paper tigers this season.

Titans have won two straight at Arrowhead Stadium dating back to '14 and own a 4-1 road mark in series dating back to '07.

In a game against the Chiefs last season, Henry carried the ball nine times for 58 yards and two touchdowns. Any guesses on who they were playing? "Everything I say, those guys are protected". "Through the ups, the downs, the energy it doesn't change".

The Titans got on the board with a 49-yard field goal by Ryan Succop, but Kansas City made it 21-3 in the final seconds of the first half on a 14-yard scoring pass from Smith to Demarcus Robinson. Hunt had just 11 carries for 42 yards and a TD.

The Titans will now head to Pittsburgh or New England for their divisional-round contest. Johnson still played at a reasonably high level, and said he'll head home to Texas and ponder his future, while Hali was reduced to a part-time role because of his ailing knees.

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