Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Chiefs, Titans hope to end streaks of futility

Chiefs, Titans hope to end streaks of futility

After beating Houston in the Astrodome, Kansas City advanced to the AFC championship game in January 1994, when the Joe Montana-led Chiefs fell on the road to the Buffalo Bills in Rich Stadium 33-10.

The Titans erased a 21-3 Kansas City Chiefs lead behind their two young offensive stars in Marcus Mariota and Derrick Henry to score the franchise's first playoff win since 2003. I can do a better job of putting [Smith] in better position to make plays.

"I've been through some tough ones but this is one of the tougher ones". The Chiefs will face a Titans team that barely got in the playoffs. "The season is on the line, you win or go home".

The sting this time was the worst.

The Titans certainly looked like they were going to get beat all the way back to Nashville at halftime.

Beyond that, there are no bright spots to what went down at Arrowhead Stadium.

Chiefs: making 20th overall playoff appearance (16th since the merger), 9-17 in postseason play (4-15 since the merger). The Chiefs haven't won a home playoff game in almost a quarter century, something that will play on Alex's mind when he take the snap. "Tonight was a good example of that".

"We were down like this previous year and we came back".

"I'll get into all that in the next couple of weeks", said Smith, who did say that he wants to remain with Kansas City, but ultimately knows the decision is out of his hands. They've lost six straight in the postseason at Arrowhead, four by four points or less. Against what was then a very stout run defense unit, Henry racked up 58 yards on his nine carries and scored two touchdowns, one from four yards out and the other from the one.

Fifth-year Tight End Travis Kelce had another fantastic year for the Chiefs as he was first on the team in receptions with eighty-three and second in receiving yards with 1,038. He left late in the first half because of a concussion and didn't return. The fans in Kansas City may see to that. They also only gave Kareem Hunt 11 carries in this game, six of which were in the first quarter. He threw an interception in the final two minutes as the Chiefs were driving toward what would have been the go-ahead touchdown.

As for the officiating, the call on the Mariota fumble which led to the field goal in the first half was perplexing. The defense forced a stop, and kicker Harrison Butker hit the right upright on a 48-yard field goal attempt. This is clear by the Chiefs ability to win football games when Hunt is the leading rusher of the game they are playing.

The pain still stung Sunday for members of the Chiefs Kingdom, but the flags still hung proudly in the streets of Westport and the Country Club Plaza.

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