Sport Tennessee Titans come back from the dead to see off Kansas City

09:06  07 january  2018
09:06  07 january  2018 Source:   pressassociation.com

Chiefs hosts down-to-wire Titans in wild-card game

  Chiefs hosts down-to-wire Titans in wild-card game The two clubs opening the wild card playoff round at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday afternoon enter from opposite perspectives. The Chiefs clinched their second straight AFC West championship two weeks ago and coasted to the finish. The Tennessee Titans fought to the final minute of the season in breaking a three-game skid to clinch their first playoff berth since 2008.“We had a number of chances to get ourselves in, but unfortunately we had to wait until the last one to do it,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. “I don’t know if that made it better, but it’s a good feeling.

The Tennessee Titans looked awful in the first half but came to life in the third quarter to dig their way out of a 21-3 halftime hole and defeat the Kansas City Chiefs, 22-21, on Saturday. Here’s how they fell behind and then managed to pull off the come -from-behind victory Saturday

Tennessee rally for heart-stopping 22-21 victory over Kansas City . But the officials had blown the play dead , ruling Mariota’s progress had been stopped, and the Titans retained the slimmest of margins — one that would stand up to the final whistle.

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Eric Decker (87) is congratulated by tight end Delanie Walker (82), wide receiver Rishard Matthews (18), and wide receiver Corey Davis (84) on his 22-yard touchdown catch against Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Eric Murray (21), during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel): Titans Chiefs Football © AP/PA photowire service Titans Chiefs Football

The Tennessee Titans were 21-3 down at the half but scored 19 unanswered points as they booked their ticket in the Divisional Round of the play-offs.

Marcus Mariota threw for two touchdowns - including one to himself - as the Titans saw off the Kansas City Chiefs 22-21 at the Arrowhead Stadium.

A one-yard touchdown run from Kareem Hunt and 13-yard pass for six from Alex Smith to Travis Kelce had got the home side off to a dream start in the first quarter, with Demarcus Robinson finding the endzone just before half time.

But Mariota - 19 out of 31 for 205 yards - helped the Titans to their first playoff win for 14 years when he scored a touchdown in unlikely circumstances, having a pass deflected back into his hands and diving into the end zone.

The Atlanta Falcons toiled less in their 26-13 win over the Los Angeles Rams, racing to a 13-0 lead and sealing the deal with an eight-yard touchdown for Julio Jones with 5:48 left in the game.

Matt Ryan completed 21 of 30 for 218 yards as the Falcons look to emulate last season's play-off run which saw them make the Super Bowl.

Titans vs. Patriots: Live updates from divisional playoff game in New England .
Sporting News will be providing live updates throughout Saturday’s Titans-Patriots game.The Tennessee Titans will face the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night with a spot in the AFC championship game on the line.

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