AFC wild-card preview: How the Titans can beat the Chiefs

Ta da! Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota catches his own pass for a nifty touchdown.

The Titans got on the board with a 49-yard field goal by Ryan Succop, but Kansas City made it 21-3 in the final seconds of the first half on a 14-yard scoring pass from Smith to Demarcus Robinson.

Titans coach Mike Mularkey expected he may have been fighting for his job during last weekend's regular season finale. The Titans went for two, and safety Daniel Sorensen had ahold of Marcus Mariota as he scrambled. With the score at 21-16, the Titans lined up for two, but they ran a terribly designed play that gained one-yard and would've been nullified by an Illegal Shift penalty regardless.

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

Henry started for the second consecutive game in place of DeMarco Murray, who is sidelined by a knee injury. On the second play of that possession, Kelce caught a 12-yard pass and was hit extremely hard by S Johnathan Cyprien, who legally led with his shoulder but accidentally caught Kelce in a helmet-to-helmet collision.

The Chiefs went three and out on their next series, but an Adoree' Jackson muffed punt gave Kansas City the ball back in field goal range.

The Chiefs, who won their final four games of the regular season to clinch their second straight AFC West title, took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 1-yard run by National Football League rushing champ Kareem Hunt. The drive stalling gave the Chiefs the ball back with a little under two minutes left.

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Alex Smith connected with tight end Travis Kelce for a 13-yard touchdown pass with 2:15 left in the first quarter.

In the first half, Johnson blitzed in a flash and sacked Mariota, who clearly lost the ball before he hit the ground.

In addition to throwing more than 200 yards, Mariota rushed eight times for 46 yards, out rushing the NFL's leading rusher in Kareem Hunt. Their helmets also collided and Kelce appeared to be dazed when he got to his feet. But review of the play showed Henry was down before the ball came loose.

Henry had a career-high 132 rushing yards and a score on 21 carries, essentially icing the game with a 22-yard run after a tremendous block by Mariota to spring him for the first down.

The clock wound down and the Titans won their first playoff game since the 2003 season. With a Jaguars win, the Titans will play in New England.

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