Mariota leads Titans to 22-21 comeback win over Chiefs

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The Titans then ran out the clock and the Chiefs' season once again came to a heartbreaking halt at home despite forcing two turnovers and not committing one themselves.

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. Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson scooped a loose ball and returned it for what seemed like the go-ahead touchdown with less than two minutes to play. 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.

Derrick Henry rushed for 156 yards and a touchdown to send the Titans (10-7) to the AFC Divisional round next week.

Tennessee became just the second team in National Football League history to win a playoff game after trailing by 18 points or more in the second half. He tried to throw a pass over the Chief's Darelle Revis, who deflected the ball back toward Mariota. The Titans failed to convert the two-point conversion, but momentum was firmly on their side.

Mariota improved to 2-14 in his career when trailing by 14 or more points, per ESPN Stats & Information, with both victories coming in Kansas City.

That's right. The man caught his own pass for a touchdown.

Smith is 8 of 11 for 154 yards and the score.

The Titans ran it with Henry, who had nowhere to go inside, bounced it outside, got a lead block from Mariota, of all people, and sprinted 22 yards for the game-clinching first down. Mariota took the shotgun snap and was forced to his left. Three first downs brought the Chiefs to the Titans' 44-yard line, but Smith's fourth-and-9 pass over the middle bounced off receiver Albert Wilson's fingertips, and the Titans retook possession with a little over two minutes remaining.

Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters hid out in the locker room during the national anthem before their playoff game against Tennessee, just as he has done all season.

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