As we entered this week’s game, the Titans record was 4-5 and in a desperate situation. To say a win is critical is an understatement. They badly needed a win, and with their bye coming up next week, perhaps they can get some of their injured players back. That is more than likely a must to be able to compete down the stretch.
Ryan Tannehill has played steadily since his debut against the Chargers. On the 1st play from scrimmage, it appeared that the Titans intercepted a Patrick Mahomes pass, but upon review, the ball hit the ground. After that, the Chiefs marched down the field, and a 3-yard pass from Mahomes to Travis Kelce put the Chiefs on the board with the first score of the game.
It wasn’t such a good start for the Titans on their third play Tannehill was sacked, and they ruled that he fumbled. KC took over on the Titans 20-yard line, but they managed to minimize the damage as they held the Chiefs to a field goal.
The Titans ended their 1st half scoring woes in a big way.
A Ryan Tannehill pass to WR Kalif Raymond set up a 9 yard TD pass to TE Anthony Firkser. Along with the extra point, the Chiefs lead was cut to 10-7. Before that big series, the Titans offense had been practically nonexistent.
On the next series, the Titans defense came up big with Kansas City driving. A fumble recovery and a 53-yard return by LB Rashaan Evans put the Titans ahead. Unfortunately, the Titans kicking woes continued as Ryan Succop missed the extra point. Titans led 13-10.
The Chiefs managed to put together a decent drive, but it stalled, and they settled for a 41-yard field goal by Harrison Butker, at the half, it was all square at 13-13.
An undisciplined Titans team started the second half with the ball, but several penalties forced them to punt. Then the Chiefs drove the field, and they were aided by defensive penalties and scored on a one-yard TD pass from Mahomes to WR Tyreek Hill. Kansas City missed the extra point, so at 19-13, the outcome looked interesting!
The Titans answered quickly thanks to a 68-yard touchdown run by Derrick Henry. That quick turnaround was just two plays, and with a made extra point, the Titans regained the lead at 20-19!
The lead didn’t last long as the Chiefs mounted another drive. Tennessee’s defense finally tightened up, and the Chiefs retook the lead 22-20 on a 43 yard Butker field goal.
The game changed quickly when on a third and ten Mahomes found WR Mecole Hardman, with another one of his unbelievable plays, for a 63 yard touchdown. Suddenly it was a 29-20 game!
The Titans drove down the field, thanks to some running by QB Tannehill and Henry. Henry was stopped at the one after a nice run but punched it in on the next play. With 6:26 left in the 4th quarter, the Chiefs lead 29-27.
The Chiefs drove again and hit another long pass, but the Tennessee defense got tough and held the Chiefs to a field goal. With a little over three minutes left, the Titans trailed by five points.
In an unbelievable finish, the Titans didn’t quit. Tennessee turned the ball over on downs at their own 32 with 1:48 left and all 3-time outs.
They forced the Chiefs to attempt a field goal with 1:27 left. A bad snap and an intentional grounding penalty gave the Titans the ball back on their own 39 yard line with 1:21 on the clock and no timeouts.
In just four plays and an elapsed time of :58, Tennessee scored and retook the lead. The score was on a 23-yard pass from Tannehill to WR Adam Humphries. Tannehill then ran in a 2 point conversion for a 35-32 lead.
KC wasn’t finished as they had all three timeouts left and :17 on the clock. They managed to get into position to attempt a game-tying 52-yard field goal with :03 left, but Titans DB Joshua Kalu broke through and blocked the attempt.
It was just an incredible finish to one of the most exciting games I’ve seen.
KC Head Coach Andy Reid on how Patrick Mahomes looked today coming back after being injured. “He did some good things. He came out healthy. He’ll tell you the same thing, we’ve all got to do a little bit better, but I was happy with the things that he did for the most part.”
Titans Head Coach Mike Vrabel: “These games are gritty, and you have to just keep swinging. I felt like we did that.
few key stats.*
Titans RB Derrick Henry 23 carries for 188 yards with 2 touchdowns. This included a key 68 yard TD run.
QB Ryan Tannehill did a good job in-game management as he was an efficient 13-19 passing for 181 and 2 TD’s. He also had three key runs for 37 yards.
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes showed off his MVP talent. He was 36-50 for 446 yards and 3 touchdowns. KC’s speedy wideout Tyreek Hill had 11 catches for 157 yards.
Although the Titans were out-gained 530 to 371 yards, they persevered and found a way to win.
As I stated earlier, the Titans bye week is coming at a great time, and hopefully, they will get some key players back from injury. With six games remaining, they need help.
Key inactive’s for today’s game
TE Delanie Walker, DT Jurrell Casey, WR Corey Davis, and LB Jayon Brown
The Titans are now 5-5 and will play host to Jacksonville on the 24th. The Chiefs leave Nashville at 6-4 and will travel to Los Angeles to face the Chargers next Sunday.