"I look at all that — there's situational plays and situations in games ... there's a time and a place for everything," Reid said. "I wouldn't necessarily say that (we're being too conservative), but when you don't win the game, you're going to definitely look at something like that."
"We've got to get the ball across — you've got to get the ball across," Reid said Monday. "It's pretty clear ... the official was standing right there. It's not his foot; it's the football that's got to get across the front of that pylon."
"I think that whole sideline believed he was going to make that kick," Mularkey said. "Call it divine intervention or whatever it was, but there was a belief that he was going to make it." Mularkey also offered praise for tight end Delanie Walker for getting to the 35-yard line after making a catch from Mariota, which made it a 53-yarder. According to Mularkey, the Titans would have been in a "Hail Mary" situation from the 36-yard line.
From that point on, the Chiefs couldn’t seem to hold the Titans off. Tennessee had the ball three times in the fourth quarter and it scored all three times, including its final possession when it got the ball back at its own 25-yard line with just over a minute to play and no timeouts left. The Titans didn’t have time for a whole lot of plays, but they still managed to connect on passes of 19, 6, and 15 yards to get to the KC 35 before former Chief Ryan Succop banged home a 53-yard kick in negative four-degree weather to give the visitors an exciting and quite unlikely victory.
The team’s much-vaunted run game has lost its swagger, and not even coach Andy Reid is certain how to recover it. "I would tell you that we can do better scheming it up, we can do better executing it," Reid said. "That’s what it really comes down to. It’s always that combination."
K.C.’s quarterback threw an interception in the end zone with six minutes remaining. A field goal there could have put the game out of reach. It was not a blip for Smith. Before Sunday, he had completed just 25 percent of his passes into the end zone, the second-worst mark in the NFL according to ESPN stats.
Smith acknowledged it was the same issue that caused the Tampa Bay interception: He forced a throw rather than get rid of the ball. "Mac had the one-on-one," Smith said. "Just throwing it late, forcing it, trying to push it in the end zone. Looking back at it on the sideline, [Chiefs tight end Travis] Kelce did a great job of winning underneath. There might have been a chance he catches it and runs it in."
Reid said he tried to call the timeout soon enough to prevent Succop from getting the practice try. "I actually called it relatively quick," he said. "Listen, it didn’t work. I’ve got to do better on that. It backfired."
After 82 minutes 40 seconds — more than 5 1/2 quarters — Garo Yepremian gave the Dolphins a 27-24 victory with a 37- yard field goal. It went on and on and on, and so many crazy, terrible and wonderful things happened leading up to the winning kick that the game would have stood by itself as a classic. But it had significance above and beyond. It proved to be a watershed event for both franchises, the end of an era for the Chiefs and the start of one for the Dolphins.
The Cleveland Browns lost, the San Francisco 49ers lost, the Jacksonville Jaguars lost, the Chicago Bears lost, the Los Angeles Rams lost, and the New York Jets lost. The order for the 2017 NFL Draft has been remarkably consistent in the latter half of the year because the teams at the bottom have all been unable to win games.