Titans rally to beat Chiefs in AFC wild card game

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The whistle again had been blown, and referee Jeff Triplette told a pool reporter Mariota's forward progress had been stopped, allowing the Titans to retain the slimmest of leads.

The Chiefs held a 21-3 halftime lead.

Mariota's touchdown pass - and reception, for that matter - capped a 15-play, 91-yard drive that took 8:29 and ultimately trimmed the Titans' deficit to 21-10.

"I don't really have anything good to say", Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, "so I'm just going to kind of stay away from any comments on those guys". Meanwhile, Tennessee (9-7) has lost three of its last four and is 3-5 on the road this season.

Mariota, who delivered a key block on Henry's game-clinching run in the fourth quarter, finished with 205 yards and two touchdown passes with one interception.

Mariota rolled to his left and threw toward the end zone, but Chiefs cornerback Darrell Revis deflected the pass back toward him.

And the Titans kept blowing chances. Kelce, who appeared to be dazed after the play, suffered a concussion and did not return for the second half. The Titans quarterback snagged it and dove into the end zone to cut Kansas City's lead to 21-10. Mariota took the shotgun snap and was forced to his left.

The word is now officially out: the Kansas City Chiefs are reportedly willing to deal Alex Smith on the open market when their season is over.

A similar occurrence happened as the Titans looked to run out the clock as Marcus Peters stripped Derrick Henry and Derrick Johnson scooped up the loose ball and ran to the end zone.

That has become a familiar refrain for the Chiefs in the playoffs. But even though there was a fireworks display that momentarily gave Chiefs fans hope, a replay clearly showed Henry was down before the ball came out.

The Chiefs, whose offense gained less than 100 yards in the second half, drove into Titan territory on their final possession, but Smith missed Albert Wilson on a fourth-down pass with less than 2 minutes remaining.

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