The Tennessee Titans gave it their all with rookie quarterback Malik Willis starting in one of football’s most hostile environments, but it was the Kansas City Chiefs who won their Sunday night game in overtime, 20-17 , to earn the Titans victory in five games. streak.
The Chiefs won the toss and took the ball downfield, as Patrick Mahomes was quick to put the ball back in the hands of his playmakers. They even went there at fourth-and-one on the Titans 13-yard line, though only a field goal went as Tennessee got the saves needed to give themselves a chance.
Willis had a chance, but like the Chiefs did in the second half, they pitched him and he couldn’t do anything. Two sacks on second and third down came that set up an impossible fourth-and-26 that resulted in an incomplete pass, and the Chiefs celebrated their comeback.
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There were 68 pass attempts by Mahomes, who completed 43 for 446 yards with a passing touchdown and an interception. He found Travis Kelce 10 times for 106 yards as well as 10 receptions for Juju Smith-Schuster for 88 yards.
Mahomes also rushed for 63 yards and a rushing touchdown on six carries.
For the Titans, Willis went just 5 of 16 for 80 yards. Also, not a single wide receiver caught a ball from Willis in that game, as his receptions came in tights Chigoziem Okonkwo and Austin Hooper as well as running back Hassan Haskins.
Tennessee relied on their running game – Derrick Henry had 115 yards on 17 carries and two scores after throwing up more than 200 yards last week against the Houston Texans – and a solid defense to face the Chiefs, who couldn’t find answers early.
But, with the Titans unable to put any points on the board, it looked like Kansas City would eventually respond.
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There have only been two games in his career where Mahomes had less than 10 points, so he needed to shake things up in the fourth quarter when the Chiefs took over on their own seven-yard line down 17-9 .
Mahomes is used to dazzling with his arm, but his legs did most of the work on this player. On the third and 17, the Titans had a golden opportunity to get the ball back into their hands, but Mahomes rushed in and had a few defenders miss for 20 yards and the first down.
Then, at third and nine in Titans territory, Mahomes found a hole to the right and took it to the end zone from 14 yards to make it 17-15. The two-point conversion saw a few flags, but again Mahomes used his legs to head left this time and kicked it for the draw.
With momentum on their side and a still noisy Arrowhead Stadium, the Titans couldn’t run down the field and quickly returned the ball to the Chiefs on the two-minute warning. But nothing came of it as it took overtime to fix the problem.
The Chiefs burned tons of clock in the first quarter to start this game, going eight minutes and 13 seconds in 15 games. Due to penalties in the red zone, they could only shoot one basket.
However, Mahomes came back downfield and found Mecole Hardman for a seven-yard touchdown pass to make it 10-0 early.
The Titans would respond with their own touchdown, and it was Willis and Henry running down the field. Willis had rushes for 16 and 17 yards, while Henry took a 24 yard run to create a red zone opportunity for Tennessee.
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After a defensive offside, Henry had a four-yard run to cut the deficit to three.
But Henry wasn’t done finding the end zone. He ran for 56 yards to kick off the Titans’ next drive and eventually took the ball just a yard from the goal line for his second touchdown of the day, giving his team a 14-9 lead.
A field goal from Randy Bullock in the third quarter was all they could generate in the second half, as the Chiefs defense adapted to the heavy offense.
Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker also had a tough night before the game-winning field goal from 28 yards. He missed an extra point after Hardman’s touchdown and couldn’t pass for 47 yards in the third quarter as well.
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The Chiefs will stay at home next week, where they will face the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Titans will face the Denver Broncos in Nashville next Sunday.
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