Chiefs' home playoff curse continues in embarrassing loss to Titans

Jonathan Hernandez
January 7, 2018

Mariota rolled to his left and threw toward the end zone, but Chiefs cornerback Darrell Revis deflected the pass back toward him. No one could hardly believe it.

Kansas City's Frank Zombo picked up the loose ball and took it to the end zone, but Mariota was ruled down and the fumble recovery didn't happen. They could only muster negative-two yards on three plays, and their long field goal attempt was shanked off the left upright by Harrison Butker.

On the second play of the fourth quarter, Titans running back Derrick Henry broke free for a 35-yard touchdown run. This score made the game a lot closer, at 21-10, with about half the third quarter left to play. Mariota capped off the drive with an absolute strike to WR Eric Decker from 22 yards out.

Smith completed a couple of short passes and set the Chiefs up with a 1st and 10 from the Titans' 45 yard line. Cyprien dove to break up a short pass on 2nd and 9, and then on 4th and 9, he broke up a deep pass to WR Albert Wilson by laying a hit on him as the ball arrived. Their helmets also collided and Kelce appeared to be dazed when he got to his feet.

Henry's previous career high was 131 rushing yards on 19 carries in a victory against the Colts earlier this season on Monday Night Football. That said, it's personally hard to imagine the Chiefs really getting two impact draft picks (as in two second-round choices) for a quarterback who turns 34 soon. The Chiefs just had a 96.5 percent chance of winning. He has tossed the ball over 4,000-yards, totaling 26-touchdowns, and only gave the ball away 5-times.

They haven't won a home playoff game since January 1994, when Joe Montana was under center, and only two in their entire history. And for the second year in a row, the Titans beat the Chiefs on their own home turf. Given the question marks surrounding the many rookies available in this year's draft-from Josh Rosen and Josh Allen to Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield-a team might want to avoid a rookie mistake altogether by grabbing a veteran who just put up his best season yet.

Rapoport added the Titans are prepared to take a run at New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels if they don't bring Mularkey back. Anything is possible with Mariota, Henry and the defense playing this well.

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