Titans' Marcus Mariota catches own deflected pass for touchdown
Jan 07 2018
That information could not have come at a worse time. But they didn't let it affect them. The Chiefs had a 0.0 percent chance of winning.
The Chiefs' strong secondary, led by cornerback Marcus Peters, should be licking its chops at the prospect of Mariota throwing the ball. The Chiefs finished the drive with a touchdown.
You can get live scores and stats, along with previews and updates from all the games on our NFL Scoreboard. His absence changed the game. Alex Smith had 264 yards and two touchdowns passing, including one each to Travis Kelce and Demarcus Robinson. Mariota then came down with the ball and dove in for a touchdown, sneaking the ball in past the left front pylon.
As multiple Kansas City defenders ran at him near the line of scrimmage, Mariota saw an open man in the end zone and threw the ball. No one could hardly believe it. The Chiefs ended the regular season with four straight wins. They could only muster negative-two yards on three plays, and their long field goal attempt was shanked off the left upright by Harrison Butker.
But while the Titans rallied for a 19-17 victory in Kansas City in 2016, this time they roared back from down 18, the fifth-largest comeback in franchise history.
The teams swapped scoreless drives before Kansas City went 81 yards in just under three minutes.
Perhaps even end Smith's career with the Chiefs. An unlikely hero would show up at the most important time. Mariota clearly lost the ball before hitting the ground. Their helmets also collided and Kelce appeared to be dazed when he got to his feet.
Henry had a career-high 132 rushing yards and a score on 21 carries, essentially icing the game with a 22-yard run after a tremendous block by Mariota to spring him for the first down. The Chiefs returned the fumble for a touchdown, but it was easily overturned. Frank Zombo picked it up and began running the other way for what would have been two points, giving the Chiefs the lead back with just over six minutes left in the game.
Chiefs All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce left the game late in the first half after a hit by Titans' Johnathan Cyprien. For the second year in a row, the Titans held the Chiefs offense to zero points scored in the second half of a game. With a Jaguars win, the Titans will play in New England. Anything is possible with Mariota, Henry and the defense playing this well.