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Chiefs defeat Titans 35-24: Complete game summary

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The Kansas City Chiefs started slow but gained momentum to defeat Titans and go to the Super Bowl.

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The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Tennessee Titans 35-24 in the AFC championship game at Arrowhead Stadium, advancing to Super Bowl LIV in Miami to face the NFC champion.


OFFENSE


First half

First drive: The Chiefs started the game with a 2-yard scramble from Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes took a 2-yard sack on second down forcing the Chiefs to face 3rd-and-10. Travis Kelce dropped the would be third down conversion and the Chiefs elected to punt.

Second drive: Mahomes started the drive with a 9-yard pass to Damien Williams. Then Williams gained a first down with a 3-yard run, which was followed by a 26-yard pass to Tyreek Hill. After two incomplete passes, an 8-yard third-down pass to Kelce wasn’t enough for a first down. The Chiefs went for it on fourth-and-2, converting with a 4-yard pass to Kelce. Mecole Hardman took a jet sweep pass for eight yards. A holding penalty on the Titans gave the Chiefs goal-to-go. Hill took a jet sweep pass eight yards for a touchdown. Chiefs 7, Titans 10

Third drive: The Chiefs started the drive with a Williams for no gain. Demarcus Robinson caught a pass for 24 yards and Sammy Watkins caught another for 13 yards to put the Chiefs into the red zone. Two plays later, Mahomes completed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Hill. Chiefs 14, Titans 17

Fourth drive: Mahomes started the drive with a 17-yard pass to Williams. After a completion to Williams and Hill, the Chiefs faced 3rd-and-4 and converted with an 18-yard pass to Kelce. Mahomes scrambled for seven yards, but threw an incompletion on the next play. The Chiefs faced 3rd-and-3 and converted with an 11-yard pass to Watkins. Mahomes scrambled for 27 yards and a touchdown. Chiefs 21 Titans 17

Second half

Fifth drive: The Chiefs started the drive with a 7-yard catch from Williams. After an incomplete pass and a 7-yard catch by Robinson, the Chiefs faced 3rd-and-3. Mahomes completed a 4-yard pass to Watkins to convert. After back-to-back incompletions, the Chiefs faced 3rd-and-10 later in the drive and couldn’t convert. The Chiefs elected to punt.

Sixth drive: The Chiefs started the drive with a 6-yard run by Williams. The Chiefs quickly faced third down after another run from Williams of three yards, but converted with a 5-yard run from the running back. After another run from Williams, and a 7-yard pass to Watkins, the Chiefs faced third down again and converted with a 4-yard scramble by Mahomes. Mahomes scrambled again a few plays later for 11 yards. Hill caught a pass for 15 yards to give the Chiefs goal to go, and Williams ran it in for a 3-yard touchdown a couple of plays later. Chiefs 28 Titans 17

Seventh drive: The Chiefs started the drive with a 1-yard run by Williams. Watkins got the first down on the following play with an 11-yard catch. After a 5-yard run by Williams, Mahomes completed another pass to Watkins for seven yards. After a short run and a 3-yard catch by Williams, the Chiefs faced 3rd-and-6 and Mahomes completed a 60-yard pass to Watkins for a touchdown. Chiefs 35 Titans 17

Eighth drive: The Chiefs started the drive with a Williams run for no gain. After Mahomes was sacked on second down, the Chiefs made a first down on a pass interfence call on third-and-11. After a couple of short runs from Williams, the Chiefs could not convert on third-and-9 and and punted.

Ninth drive: The Chiefs kneeled to end the game


DEFENSE


First half

First drive: The Titans started the game with a 4-yard carry from Derrick Henry. Ryan Tannehill then completed a 37-yard pass to A.J. Brown to put the Titans into field goal range. Tannehill then completed a 12-yard pass, putting the Titans into the red zone. After a short run and an incomplete pass, the Titans faced their first third down of the game and could not convert, settling for a field goal. Chiefs 0, Titans 3

Second drive: Henry started the drive with Henry runs of 11 and five yards. Then Brashaud Breeland nearly intercepted Tannehil on a deep pass attempt. Two offsides penalties gave the Titans a first down and 10 yards. After two short runs from Henry, the Titans failed to convert on third down again. Going for it on fourth down, they converted with a 3-yard pass to Humphries. Jonnu Smith caught a 22-yard pass to give the Titans goal-to-go. On the net play, Henry ran it in for a 4-yard touchdown. Chiefs 0, Titans 10

Third drive: MyCole Puitt took a pass for nine yards to start the drive. After a false start penalty, Tannehil completed an 18-yard pass. Henry ran for 13 yards to put the Titans into Chiefs territory. After an incomplete pass and a short run from Henry, the Titans faced third-and-7; an offsides penalty and a 5-yard pass to Humphries gave the Titans enough to convert. A 5-yard run by Henry and a 9-yard completion by Tannehil got the Titans into the red zone. After a holding penalty backed them up, the Titans two yards on a pass and had an incompletion that put them in third-and-22, converted on a pass interference penalty. After three runs, the Titans had goal-to-go and completed a pass to offensive lineman Dennis Kelly for a touchdown. Titans 17, Chiefs 7

Fourth drive: The Titans started the drive with a 1-yard run from Henry, quickly followed by a another run for no gain. The Titans couldn’t convert on third down and punted.

Fifth drive: With seconds remaining, the Titans kneeled to end the half.

Second half

Sixth drive: Henry started the drive with a 3-yard run. After an incomplete pass, the Titans faced third-and-7 and converted with an 8-yard pass to Humphries. After a couple of short runs from Henry and a holding penalty, the Titans faced third down yet again, failing to convert with a short scramble by Tannehil. The Titans punted.

Seventh drive: Tannehill started the drive with a 15-yard completion. After a completion to Henry for a loss of two yards and a short completion to Brown, the Titans failed to convert on third-and-7 as a result of a Tanoh Kpassagnon sack. The Titans elected to punt.

Eighth drive: Starting the drive with a pass to Henry for for a 6-yard loss and an incompletion, the Titans faced third-and-16 and fell short after an 8-yard completion. But then they faked a punt and converted with a 28-yard pass . Tannehill followed by completing passes of eight and 22 yards to put the Titans into the red zone. Kpassagnon started the next set of downs with a sack, but the Titans scored on the very next play with a 22-yard pass. Titans 24, Chiefs 35

Ninth drive: The drive started with a hands to the face penalty on Chris Jones, adding five yards to a 6-yard Tannehil scramble. After a short completion and an two incomplete passes, the Titans went for it on fourth down and Frank Clark ended the drive with a sack.


SPECIAL TEAMS


  • Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman returned a kick 35 yards in the second quarter.
  • Hardman fumbled a punt return in the second quarter, but the Chiefs recovered it.


INJURIES


  • Titans LB Rashaan Evans left the game in the first quarter and was questionable to return


STATISTICS


CATEGORY TEN KC
Total Yards 295 404
Total Plays 58 64
Yards per play 5.1 6.3
Rushing Yards 85 112
Rush Attempts 23 27
Yards per rush 3.70 4.10
Passing Gross Yards 237 294
Sacks/Yards lost 3/27 2/2
Passing Net Yards 210 292
Comp/Att/Pct 22/32/69% 23/35/66%
Yards per pass 6.00 7.90
Interceptions thrown 0 0
Fumbles lost 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Penalties/Yards 8/85 9/61
Total Drives 9 9
Time of Possession 30:10 29:50
First downs 20 27
Rushing first downs 4 10
Passing first downs 13 14
Penalty first downs 3 3
Third down (Made/Att/Pct) 3/10/30% 6/10/60%
Fourth down (Made/Att/Pct) 2/3/67% 1/1/100%
Goal to go (Made/Att/Pct) 2/2/100% 2/2/100%
Red Zone (Made/Att/Pct) 2/3/67% 2/3/67%
Touchdowns 3 5
TDs/Rushing 1 2
TDs/Passing 2 3
TDs/Interception 0 0
TDs/Kickoff Return 0 0
TDs/Fumble Return 0 0
TDs/Punt Return 0 0
TDs/Defense/ST 0 0
Safeties 0 0
Extra Points (Made/Att) 3/3 5/5
Field Goals (Made/Att) 3/3 5/5
Two-Point Conv (Made/Att) 0/0 0/0
Kickoffs (Num/EZ/TB) 5/1/0 6/3/2
Punts (Num/Yds) 3/139 3/122
Gross Punting Avg Yds 46.3 40.7
Net Punting Avg Yds 44.0 31.0
Total Rtn Yds (No KOs) 9 7
Punt Returns (Num/Yds) 1/9 2/7
Kickoff Returns (Num/Yds) 4/61 5/105
Int Returns (Num/Yds) 0/0 0/0
Punts blocked 0 0
FGs/PATs Blocked 0/0 0/0
Timeouts (Rem/Used) 1/2 3/0
Attendance -- 73,656

CHIEFS PASSING C ATT YDS AVG TD LG INT SK SKYD RTG
Patrick Mahomes 23 35 294 8.4 3 60 0 2 2 120.4
TEAM 23 35 294 8.4 3 60 0 2 2 //

TITANS PASSING C ATT YDS AVG TD LG INT SK SKYD RTG
Brett Kern 1 1 28 28.0 0 28 0 0 0 118.8
Ryan Tannehill 21 31 209 6.7 2 37 0 3 27 108.1
TEAM 22 32 237 7.4 2 37 0 3 27 //

CHIEFS RUSHING CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Damien Williams 17 45 2.6 1 8
Patrick Mahomes 8 53 6.6 1 27t
Darwin Thompson 1 7 7.0 0 7
Tyreek Hill 1 7 7.0 0 7
TEAM 27 112 4.1 2 27

TITANS RUSHING CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Derrick Henry 19 69 3.6 1 13
Ryan Tannehill 3 11 3.7 0 6
Marcus Mariota 1 5 5.0 0 5
TEAM 23 85 3.7 1 13

CHIEFS RECEIVING REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS YAC
Mecole Hardman 1 8 8.0 0 8 1 12
Tyreek Hill 5 67 13.4 2 26 7 19
Travis Kelce 3 30 10.0 0 18 4 7
Demarcus Robinson 2 31 15.5 0 24 2 19
Anthony Sherman 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Darwin Thompson 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Sammy Watkins 7 114 16.3 1 60t 10 28
Damien Williams 5 44 8.8 0 17 6 26
TEAM 23 294 12.8 3 60 32 111

TITANS RECEIVING REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS YAC
A.J. Brown 3 51 17.0 0 37 6 26
Corey Davis 5 65 13.0 0 22 8 26
Anthony Firkser 1 22 22.0 1 22t 2 0
Derrick Henry 2 /8 /4.0 0 /2 2 0
Amani Hooker 1 28 28.0 0 28 1 19
Adam Humphries 4 25 6.3 0 9 5 5
Dennis Kelly 1 1 1.0 1 1t 1 0
Dion Lewis 1 6 6.0 0 6 1 9
MyCole Pruitt 1 9 9.0 0 9 1 10
Tajaé Sharpe 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Jonnu Smith 3 38 12.7 0 22 4 16
TEAM 22 237 10.8 2 37 32 111

CHIEFS FUMBLES FUM LOST FF REC
(OWN)
TD REC
(OPP)
TD
Patrick Mahomes 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
TEAM 1 0 0 1 0 0 0

TITANS FUMBLES FUM LOST FF REC
(OWN)
TD REC
(OPP)
TD
TEAM 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

CHIEFS DEFENSE TOT SOLO ASST SACK YDS INT TFL PD QBH TD FF FR
Bashaud Breeland 4 3 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Frank Clark 4 1 3 1.0 17.0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Rashad Fenton 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mecole Hardman 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Anthony Hitchens 4 3 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Jones 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Tanoh Kpassagnon 2 2 0 2.0 10.0 0 2 1 2 0 0 0
Patrick Mahomes 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Tyrann Mathieu 9 6 3 0.0 0.0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Ben Niemann 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Derrick Nnadi 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Pennel 4 0 4 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reggie Ragland 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Khalen Saunders 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daniel Sorensen 8 6 2 0.0 0.0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Terrell Suggs 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Charvarius Ward 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Xavier Williams 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Damien Wilson 7 6 1 0.0 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM 54 34 20 3 27 0 6 5 4 0 0 1

TITANS DEFENSE TOT SOLO ASST SACK YDS INT TFL PD QBH TD FF FR
Tramaine Brock Sr. 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jayon Brown 5 5 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Kevin Byard 4 3 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jurrell Casey 2 0 2 0.5 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Kamalei Correa 10 6 4 1.0 2.0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Rashaan Evans 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Adoree' Jackson 4 4 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DaQuan Jones 4 1 3 0.5 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Harold Landry III 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
David Long Jr. 3 2 1 0.0 0.0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Derick Roberson 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Logan Ryan 6 6 0 0.0 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Kenny Vaccaro 5 2 3 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wesley Woodyard 3 3 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM 51 35 16 2 2 0 4 1 7 0 0 0

CHIEFS INT INT YDS AVG LG TD
Bashaud Breeland 1 0 0.0 0 0
TEAM 1 0 0.0 0 0

TITANS INT INT YDS AVG LG TD
TEAM 0 0 0 0 0

CHIEFS KICK RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
Mecole Hardman 4 86 21.5 35 0
Tyreek Hill 1 19 19.0 19 0
TEAM 5 105 21.0 35 0

TITANS KICK RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
Anthony Firkser 1 0 0.0 0 0
Kalif Raymond 3 61 20.3 22 0
TEAM 4 61 15.3 22 0

CHIEFS PUNT RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
Mecole Hardman 1 7 7.0 7 0
Jordan Lucas 1 0 0.0 0 0
TEAM 2 7 3.5 7 0

TITANS PUNT RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
Kalif Raymond 1 9 9.0 9 0
TEAM 1 9 9.0 9 0

CHIEFS KICKING FGA/FGM PCT LONG XP PTS
TEAM 0/0 0 0 0 0

TITANS KICKING FGA/FGM PCT LONG XP PTS
Greg Joseph 1/1 100.0 30 3 6
TEAM 1/1 100.0 30 3 6

CHIEFS PUNTING NO YDS AVG TB I20 LG
Dustin Colquitt 3 122 40.7 1 0 46
TEAM 3 122 40.7 1 0 46

TITANS PUNTING NO YDS AVG TB I20 LG
Brett Kern 3 139 46.3 0 1 53
TEAM 3 139 46.3 0 1 53