Chiefs break hearts again, blow 18-point lead in loss to Titans

Arnold Nichols
January 7, 2018

Eric Decker, who struggled to hold on to the ball in the first half, scored the go-ahead touchdown for the Titans with a little over six minutes remaining in the game. The two-point conversion attempt failed - and almost brought disaster for the Titans when Mariota was sacked, but officials ruled he was down before the ball came loose. "He turned him around once, he turned him around a second time and he kept driving him back". Triplette again ruled that Mariota's forward progress had been stopped before he fumbled.

The crowd sensed another heartbreaker in the making.

The Chiefs that won five straight to start the regular season and four straight to finish it have apparently showed up in the playoffs, racing to a 14-0 lead over the Titans.

The Chiefs gave up two second-round picks to the San Francisco 49ers during the spring of 2013 in John Dorsey's first year as general manager for the Chiefs. The Lin Elliott Game in 1996, or their 45-44 loss to the Colts in 2014, for example.

Kansas City (10-6) is heavily favored heading into the game thanks to the Arrowhead advantage and its recent four-game winning streak. It's pretty bad. Now, take that number and do it in the wild-card game and it gets even worse.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid spent an entire timeout arguing the call to no avail.

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 Titans' offense, meanwhile, appeared hapless. Alex Smith had 264 yards and two touchdowns passing, including one each to Travis Kelce and Demarcus Robinson.

Arrowhead Stadium was rocking at that point. The Titans went for a 2-point conversion.

Similar drama unfolded on the Titans' final drive, when Henry was hit by Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters and the ball came loose.

It was debatable whether the Titans should have gotten that field goal at all.

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