There’s the Kicker Who Shall Not Be Named and the No Punt Game and the Luck Fumble. This one, the sixth consecutive Chiefs home playoff loss, is the Forward Progress Game. There were two controversial Forward Progress calls and both of course went against the Chiefs.
The Chiefs blew an 18-point lead and lost to the Titans in the AFC Wild Card game, 22-21. There have been painful playoff losses in Kansas City before and this one right here is up there for the worst ones as a Chiefs fan.
I’m not sure what else to say. We can complain about the bad calls by the refs but the Chiefs had a 21-3 lead at home against a team they were favored by nine points. No excuses. This one is bad.
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This Marcus Mariota block ended the game for the Chiefs.
What a frigging block by Mariota to seal the game! pic.twitter.com/DcQb0a5L1Z— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) January 7, 2018
This was blown dead for forward progress on the two-point conversion. If it wasn’t called, the Chiefs returned the fumble for two and would have had the lead.
The Titans get the lead back 22-21 with six minutes left in the game. Unbelievable choke from the Chiefs.
The fourth quarter has been a disaster for the Chiefs. The Titans scored to get back in it at 21-16 and a chance to take the lead in the fourth quarter.
The Chiefs are struggling right now. They’re up 21-10 but the offense looks so bad that everyone thinks Andy Reid is calling the plays again.
Marcus Mariota threw a touchdown pass to ... Marcus Mariota? He threw it near the goal line, Darrelle Revis tipped it in the air and Mariota caught the tip and ran it in. Chiefs up 21-10 in the third quarter.
Sometimes you gotta do it yourself. pic.twitter.com/PZPz5plVSF— Carrington Harrison (@cdotharrison) January 6, 2018
Defensive end Chris Jones is questionable to return with a knee injury.— Dani Welniak (@KCTVDani) January 6, 2018
Playoff Alex is a thing again: 19/23, 231 yards, 2 TDs in the first half— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) January 6, 2018
The Chiefs did a great job in the two minute drive before the half going down and scoring a touchdown. The score came with seconds left in the half as Alex Smith had a great pump fake and found Demarcus Robinson in the end zone.
Travis Kelce took a big hit and has a concussion. He is done for the day.
Derrick Johnson might’ve just killed Marcus Mariota. He came in like a ROCKET and destroyed him. Wow.
The Titans were driving to bring it within one score (14-0) but Marcus Peters was there and picked off Mariota.
Alex out here throwing blocks downfield.
With his last TD toss to Travis Kelce, Alex Smith passed Len Dawson for the most passing touchdowns in @Chiefs playoff history (Smith 8, Dawson 7)— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) January 6, 2018
Alex in the first quarter: 8/11, 154 yards, TD— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) January 6, 2018
Alex Smith is dealing with a clean pocket. Another touchdown (to Kelce) makes it 14-0 KC.
Kareem Hunt picks up the first score of the game with a short touchdown run.
Tyreek Hill had two drops in the first quarter which is unusual for him but he came back with a 45-yard catch and run.
The Titans are using their speedster, CB Adoree Jackson, to shadow Tyreek Hill.
The Chiefs signed CJ Spiller this week for the fifth time but he will not be playing today against the Tennessee Titans. The Chiefs made Spiller inactive for this game which means they’ll be going with Kareem Hunt and Charcandrick West as their only backs (Akeem Hunt was put on IR last week).
The Chiefs are also without DE Rakeem Nunez-Roches which is disappointing for the Chiefs defensive line depth. It’s not a total killer but against a tough running team you want to be healthy up front.
Here are the rest of the Chiefs inactives:
- QB Tyler Bray
- RB CJ Spiller
- DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches
- S Leon McQuay
- LB Ramik Wilson
- OL Parker Ehinger
- DL Stefan Charles
Welcome to game day! The Kansas City Chiefs are hosting a playoff game today. The Chiefs face a Tennessee Titans team that finished 9-7 and is considered one of the worst playoff teams this year ... don’t tell that to the Chiefs who haven’t won a home playoff game since beating the Steelers in 1994.
The Chiefs are big favorites over the Titans — a nine-point line. The Chiefs are the clear favorite and they should win. Kansas City hasn’t allowed more than 20 points at home in over a year. They have the better coach. They have the better quarterback. They’re more talented. There are no excuses here.
The game plan for the Chiefs is to get Kareem Hunt going, hit the big play with Kareem Hunt, make the Titans stop Travis Kelce and clamp down on the Titans rushing attack, which is decent this year (not as good as last year). The Titans can stop the run so the Chiefs rushing attack against them will be a key matchup.
The Chiefs are hoping to win in order to play either the Patriots or Steelers next week in the Divisional round. If the Jaguars, who are favored, beat the Bills, the Chiefs would play at New England if they win so that’s what the Chiefs are looking at if they can get the win.
Nuts and bolts
Location: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Game time: Saturday, January 6, 3:25 p.m. (Arrowhead Time)
TV channel: ESPN / ABC (Do I get the game?)
Online streaming: Watch ESPN
Matchup history: Chiefs lead all-time series 27-22
Odds: Chiefs are 9-point favorites
Prediction: Titans 16 Chiefs 24
Announcers: Sean McDonough, Raiders coach Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters and Adam Schefter (sideline)
Enemy blog: Music City Miracles
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Chiefs 2017 schedule
- Chiefs 42 Patriots 27
- Eagles 20 Chiefs 27
- Chiefs 24 Chargers 10
- Redskins 20 Chiefs 29
- Chiefs 42 Texans 34
- Steelers 19 Chiefs 13
- Chiefs 30 Raiders 31
- Broncos 19 Chiefs 29
- Chiefs 17 Cowboys 28
- Chiefs 9 Giants 12
- Bills 16 Chiefs 10
- Chiefs 31 Jets 38
- Raiders 15 Chiefs 26
- Chargers 13 Chiefs 30
- Dolphins 13 Chiefs 29
- Chiefs 27 Broncos 24