Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Alex Smith putting on a show for Chiefs against Titans

Kristopher Love | 09 January, 2018, 05:14

The Tennessee Titans overcame a 21-3 halftime deficit and defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the National Football League playoffs.

There's a good chance that Marcus Mariota is going to remember his first career playoff touchdown pass for the rest of his life and that's mainly because he threw it to himself.

Matt Ryan passed for 218 yards and hit Julio Jones for an 8-yard touchdown with 5:48 to play, and the defending NFC champion Falcons advanced from the wild-card round with a methodical 26-13 victory over the Rams.

Mariota is the first player in the Super Bowl era with a passing TD and a receiving TD in a single playoff game, and he did it on the same play.

Frank Zombo picked it up and began running for two points that would have swung the lead back to Kansas City, but the officials had ruled that Mariota's progress had been stopped.

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.

On a third-and-goal play for the Titans, Mariota rolled out and threw a pass that was tipped by the Chiefs' Darrelle Revis.

The play put the Titans on the march to a heart-stopping 22-21 win, stunning the teams fans.

Mariota also ran eight times for 46 yards, showing that his mobility was possibly back to normal after dealing with nagging hamstring injury during the regular season.

Smith completed a couple of short passes and set the Chiefs up with a 1st and 10 from the Titans' 45 yard line.

Smith was 19 of 23 for 231 yards in the half.

On 2nd and 12, Henry gained just two yards and the Chiefs used their second timeout.

The Titans will now face either the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers next week in the AFC Divisional Round.

Revis didn't actually bat the ball to the ground, instead, the batted pass went directly into the hands of Mariota, who took the catch into the end zone for a six-yard touchdown.

Tennessee succeeded in running out the clock from there.