Titans rally from 18 down, stun Chiefs

Mike Mularkey says 'ridiculous' rumors weren't fair to his family

Mike Mularkey says 'ridiculous' rumors weren't fair to his family

Perhaps he'll have a little support now. After taking a 21-3 lead into halftime against the Tennessee Titans, it all went downhill.

That win at Arrowhead Stadium snapped a long streak for Heisman winners under center. It always is. It always has been with this team. Going into next season, they feel good about the running game with Kareem Hunt, they love what Kelce and Hill bring in terms of downfield mismatches, and now they'll nearly certainly plug in the quarterback they hand-picked to grow and flourish in their system with all of those stars around him. They stick together and they've got each other's backs, and they always have. "We came in 21-3 and that's all we were talking about: 'Finish". "When it has an effect on my family, it has an effect on me". "No one has been a bigger supporter of Mike Mularkey than I have over the last two-plus seasons". "Like I said, I'm not thinking about anything else. I just assumed the worst".

One of the many things the Patriots are good at is navigating negativity.

Derrick Henry had a career-high 156 yards rushing and another score for Tennessee (10-7), while a defense that was fileted by Alex Smith and the Chiefs (10-7) during the first half pitched a shutout in the second half - dooming the Kansas City franchise to another humiliating postseason defeat.

"Special, special", Mariota said of his first playoff experience.

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The Chiefs haven't won a home playoff game since January 1994. But head coach Andy Reid doesn't want to talk about that. "He threw a great ball and made a play when we really needed one". One led to a Tennessee field goal and the other took away a 2-point conversion that would have given Kansas City a late lead.

"That is not where I am at", Reid said. You can go talk to them. Then the Chiefs lost six of seven, and Hunt only carried the ball 20 times or more in a game once during that stretch.

Tennessee almost squandered its momentum when Adoree Jackson fumbled a punt, but the Chiefs were unable to pick up a first down and Butker knocked a 48-yard field goal off the upright. "A player of his calibre, not having him out there hurts". He was back in the role Saturday with Demarco Murray still out with an injury, and this time his pounding attack paid dividends. I hate to say it but this was not a good performance by the crew.

Making their first playoff appearance since 2008, the Tennessee Titans did not disappoint as they rallied from an 18 point deficit to be the first team in 60 years to rally from down 18 or more points to win a playoff game on the road. The Cowboys came back from 21-3 in the first half to beat the 49ers 30-28 in December 1972, and the Lions came back from 27-7 in the second half to beat the 49ers in December 1957. While many were at Mularkey's throat at the end of the season, he deserves a lot of credit.

Meanwhile, veteran linebackers such as Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali could be contemplating retirement. I knew his philosophy. "All those decisions are way down the line".

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