Instead, the Chiefs ended up losing 22-21 and their postseason home heartache continued.
But the Titans scored three touchdowns in the second half, including two in the fourth quarter.
Marcus Mariota did everything he could to help the Titans advance in the playoffs, throwing a insane touchdown pass to himself, running for crucial first downs and providing the kind of spark that Tennessee needed to rally from a 21-3 halftime hole. With the score at 21-16, the Titans lined up for two, but they ran a terribly designed play that gained one-yard and would've been nullified by an Illegal Shift penalty regardless.
Even Kareem Hunt, Kansas City's dynamic rookie running back, who had come out of nowhere to lead the N.F.L.in rushing this season, seemed unable to do anything in the second half.
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.
The Kansas City Chiefs entered their wild-card game against the Tennessee Titans riding a four-game winning streak to close out the regular season. He tried to throw a pass over the Chief's Darelle Revis, who deflected the ball back toward Mariota. He became the first player to catch a touchdown pass from himself since Brad Johnson in Week 7, 1997, according to NFL Research.
The Titans, with the turnover-prone Marcus Mariota, are the ones with the bigger worries at the game's most important position. The Chiefs didn't score off either mistake. Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters intercepted Mariota to snuff out a second-quarter trip to the red zone, and Tennessee managed only a field goal before halftime. The drive stalling gave the Chiefs the ball back with a little under two minutes left.
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Tennessee almost squandered its momentum when Adoree Jackson fumbled a punt, but the Chiefs were unable to pick up a first down and Butker knocked a 48-yard field goal off the upright.
Finally, the Titans pulled ahead on Mariota's strike to Decker, and that led to more controversy from the officials.
Ryan Succop hit a 49-yard field goal to cut the Chiefs' lead to 14-3 with 1:55 remaining in the first half. On the second play of that possession, Kelce caught a 12-yard pass and was hit extremely hard by S Johnathan Cyprien, who legally led with his shoulder but accidentally caught Kelce in a helmet-to-helmet collision.
Kelce didn't return to the game and the Chiefs struggled offensively in the second half. The Chiefs returned the fumble for a touchdown, but it was easily overturned.
Kansas City linebacker Derrick Johnson raced to the end zone with the apparent fumble for a touchdown, but it was overturned as officials deemed Henry was down and the play complete before Johnson scooped up the ball. But review of the play showed Henry was down before the ball came loose.
Henry started for the second consecutive game in place of DeMarco Murray, who is sidelined by a knee injury. Henry finished with 156 yards on 23 carries.