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For the second straight year, the Chiefs host the AFC Championship at Arrowhead

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The game

For the second consecutive season, the AFC championship comes to Arrowhead Stadium, as the Kansas City Chiefs host the Tennessee Titans in the game that will decide the AFC’s representative in Super Bowl LIV. Kickoff is set for 2:05 p.m. Arrowhead Time. The game will be telecast on CBS — locally on KCTV/5.

The Chiefs finished the season with a six-game winning streak that elevated them to a 12-4 record, their fourth-consecutive AFC West title and the AFC’s second seed. They advanced to the AFC championship game with a thrilling 51-31 defeat of the AFC South champion Houston Texans last Sunday.

The Titans ended the season with a 9-7 record — including a Week 10 victory over the Chiefs in Nashville — placing second in the AFC South and qualifying for the AFC’s sixth playoff seed. They arrive in the conference championship after defeating the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots 20-13 in the Wild Card round and the first-seeded Baltimore Ravens 28-12 in the Divisonal round.

The Chiefs offense is led by 2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes, who struggled with injuries right from the beginning of the season. After passing for more than 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns last season, he missed two games with a dislocated kneecap and was ineffective in many others while dealing with an ankle sprain he suffered in Week 1. He finished the season with 4,031 yards and 26 touchdowns.

Titans starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill took over from Marcus Mariota in Week 7 and has never looked back, completing the best season of his career by leading the league in yards per attempt (9.6) and passer rating (117.5). But while finding statistical success (and the playoffs) for the first time since joining the league as a first-round draft pick in 2012, he’s largely been overshadowed by Titans running back Derrick Henry, who led the league with 1,540 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2019, averaging 5.1 yards per attempt. In the victories against the Patriots and Ravens, Henry rushed for 377 yards on 64 attempts, averaging 5.9 yards per carry.

Now completing his 21st season as an NFL head coach — his seventh with the Chiefs — Andy Reid is coaching in his seventh conference championship game — but only his third since he won the NFC Championship in 2004 to advance to Super Bowl XXXIX, where he lost to the Patriots 24-21. That season marked his only conference championship.

Titans head coach Mike Vrabel is coaching his third playoff game in just his second year as a head coach. A former All-Pro linebacker for the Patriots, he had a 14-year career as an NFL player, beginning with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1997 and ending with the Chiefs in 2010. He started his coaching career as a position coach at Ohio State the following season, joining the NFL coaching ranks as linebackers coach for the Texans in 2014. He spent the 2017 season as Houston’s defensive coordinator.

Then called the Houston Oilers, the Titans — along with the Chiefs — were one of the AFL’s original eight teams. Their 60-year history includes a Titans playoff victory in 2017, a thrilling Chiefs win in 1993’s divisional playoffs, the 1992 game in Kansas City in which the Oilers’ Warren Moon threw for 505 yards and the famous 20-17 double-overtime victory that gave the Chiefs the 1962 AFL championship.

Nuts and bolts

Location: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Playing surface: Natural grass

Game time: 2:05 p.m. Arrowhead Time, Sunday, January 19, 2020

Weather forecast: Sunny, dry and cold. High 20. Wind NNW at 14, gusting to 23 mph.

Parking lots open: 9 a.m. Arrowhead Time

Stadium gates open: Noon Arrowhead Time

Pageantry: National Anthem: Navy Petty Officer First Class (Ret.) Generald Wilson. Drum Deck Honoree: Clark Hunt. Spirit Leader: Paul Rudd.

Road construction note: The Missouri Department of Transportation has commenced a multi-year construction project on sections of I-435 and I-70. Be advised that there will be detours on game day at the I-435 and I-70 Interchange for travelers on southbound I-435 toward Arrowhead Stadium. Complete information regarding detours and construction plans can be found at modot.org/node/16145 and modot.org/i-435-and-i-70-interchange.

Matchup history: 27-23 Chiefs (regular season)

Odds: Chiefs -7.5

Officials: Referee Tony Corrente (99), umpire Bryan Neale (92), down judge Jerod Phillips (6), line judge Byron Boston (18), field judge Allen Baynes (56), side judge Scott Edwards (3), back judge Perry Paganelli (46), replay official Mike Wimmer and replay assistant Bill Ellis.

Arrowhead Pride Tailgate: with Pete Sweeney and Kent Swanson, 10 a.m. (Arrowhead Time) on 610Sports and 610Sports.Radio.com.

Arrowhead Pride Post-game Show: with Pete Sweeney and Jay Binkley, immediately following the game on 610Sports and 610Sports.Radio.com. Also available after its conclusion on the Arrowhead Pride Podcast Channel.

Television broadcast: with Jim Nantz and Tony Romo on KCTV (CBS/5-Kansas City), Chiefs Mobile App, WTVF (CBS/5-Nashville) and other CBS affiliates nationwide

Online Stream: Fubo.TV, Hulu, Sling

Chiefs radio broadcast: with Mitch Holthus and Kendall Gammon on KCFX (101.1 FM-Kansas City), Chiefs Radio Network affiliates and KCChiefsRadio.com.

Chiefs Spanish radio broadcast: with Enrique Morales, Oscar Monterroso and Hannah Bassham on La Mega 100.5 FM and 1160 AM (Tico Sports)

Titans radio broadcast: with Mike Keith and Dave McGinnis on WGFX (104.5 FM-Nashville) and Titans Radio Network affiliates

Enemy SB Nation site: Music City Miracles

Twitter: Arrowhead Pride

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Season schedule and results

Wk
1
Sun
Sep 8
@Jaguars TIAA Bank Field Won
40-26
Wk
2
Sun
Sep 15
@Raiders Oakland-Alameda
County Coliseum
Won
28-10
Wk
3
Sun
Sep 22
Ravens Arrowhead Stadium Won
33-28
Wk
4
Sun
Sep 29
@Lions Ford Field Won
34-30
Wk
5
Sun
Oct 6
Colts Arrowhead Stadium Lost
19-13
Wk
6
Sun
Oct 13
Texans Arrowhead Stadium Lost
31-24
Wk
7
Thu
Oct 17
@Broncos Broncos Stadium
at Mile High
Won
30-6
Wk
8
Sun
Oct 27
Packers Arrowhead Stadium Lost
31-24
Wk
9
Sun
Nov 3
Vikings Arrowhead Stadium Won
26-23
Wk
10
Sun
Nov 10
@Titans Nissan Stadium Lost
35-32
Wk
11
Mon
Nov 18
@Chargers Estadio Azteca
(Mexico City)
Won
24-17
Wk
12
Bye
Week
Wk
13
Sun
Dec 1
Raiders Arrowhead Stadium Won
40-9
Wk
14
Sun
Dec 8
@Patriots Gillette Stadium Won
23-16
Wk
15
Sun
Dec 15
Broncos Arrowhead Stadium Won
23-3
Wk
16
Sun
Dec 22
@Bears Soldier Field Won
26-3
Wk
17
Sun
Dec 29
Chargers Arrowhead Stadium Won
31-21
Wk
18
Bye
Week
Wk
19
Sun
Jan 12
Texans Arrowhead Stadium Won
51-31
Wk
20
Sun
Jan 19
Titans Arrowhead Stadium 2:05 PM
CBS