Mike Mularkey's Job Reportedly in Jeopardy Despite Titans' Playoff Berth

Beth Cruz
January 7, 2018

The Titans mounted a furious second-half comeback, led by quarterback Marcus Mariota, who went 19-31 with 205 yards and 2 touchdowns, and running back Derrick Henry who rushed for 156 yards on 23 carries. He tried to throw a pass over the Chief's Darelle Revis, who deflected the ball back toward Mariota. It was nearly a disaster, as a Chiefs defender got his hands on the pass and batted it up in the air.

Mariota reeled in the loose ball and plunged into the end zone - credited with a six-yard TD pass to himself.

The Titans got on the board with a 49-yard field goal by Ryan Succop, but Kansas City made it 21-3 in the final seconds of the first half on a 14-yard scoring pass from Smith to Demarcus Robinson. 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.

His counterpart, Marcus Mariota, was 7 of 13 for 82 yards with no touchdowns and an interception.

The word is now officially out: the Kansas City Chiefs are reportedly willing to deal Alex Smith on the open market when their season is over.

With the loss, the Chiefs remained stuck on just one playoff victory since the team's run to the A.F.C. championship game behind quarterback Joe Montana after the 1993 season.

The Titans would take advantage, converting a 3rd and 10 and getting a long 35-yard rushing touchdown by Henry, who was simply unstoppable all game. But the officials ruled the play was over, it could not be reviewed and the Titans had time for a field goal that wound up being crucial in a game where every point mattered.

On the following play, Henry was knocked down behind the line of scrimmage by Marcus Peters, who stripped him of the ball after Henry was already down. What was much less surprising is that Triplette would be in the middle of several controversial calls in a game that ended with Tennessee eking out a 22-21 win.

The game started out poorly, with the Chiefs taking a 14-0 on RB Kareem Hunt and TE Travis Kelce touchdowns.

Peters has never fully addressed the reason he protests during the anthem. I don't want to get fined or whatever. The Chiefs just had a 96.5 percent chance of winning.

Obviously K.C.is a different team now than all of those previous playoff teams, but postseason ineptitude is a very real thing for the Chiefs over the past couple of decades, even during the Andy Reid era.

The fourth-seeded Chiefs won four straight games to cap the regular season and capture their second straight AFC West title.

The Bills visit the Jaguars and the Panthers visit the Saints on Sunday, and the outcome of those games will determine whom the winners on Saturday will face next week.

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