Titans rally from 18 down to defeat Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Quarterback Marcus Mariota engineered a second-half comeback Saturday, bringing the Tennessee Titans back from an 18-point halftime deficit to edge the Kansas City Chiefs, 22-21, in an AFC wild-card game at Arrowhead Stadium.

Mariota fired a 22-yard touchdown pass to Eric Decker with 6:06 remaining for the last of 19 consecutive points the Titans scored in the second half.

The Chiefs, who earned an opportunity to host a postseason game by repeating as AFC West champions, lost their sixth straight home playoff game, a streak that dates to 1994 when Joe Montana quarterbacked Kansas City.

The Titans converted three third downs on their game-winning drive, including a 17-yard keeper by Mariota on a play which also included a holding penalty against the Chiefs.

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Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) gets past Kansas City Chiefs free safety Ron Parker (38) to score a touchdown in the fourth quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Derrick Johnson (56) during the third quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) is tackled by Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Derrick Morgan (91) during the second half in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs free safety Ron Parker (38) and outside linebacker Justin Houston (50) during the third quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Corey Davis (84) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Darrelle Revis (24) during the third quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (14) catches a pass against Tennessee Titans cornerback Adoree' Jackson (25) during the second quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) is helped off the field against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (14) is tackled by Tennessee Titans cornerback Tye Smith (33) during the second quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews (18) reaches for a pass against Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson (20) during the third quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) throws a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) is pushed out of bounds by Tennessee Titans free safety Kevin Byard (31) during the first quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters (22) celebrates after an interception against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the first quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 06: A detail of a fan's haircut during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game between the Tennessee Titans and the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 6: Wide receiver Demarcus Robinson #14 of the Kansas City Chiefs stretches the ball over the goal line after breaking the tackle of free safety Kevin Byard #31 of the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter of the AFC Wild Card playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 06: Tight end Delanie Walker #82 of the Tennessee Titans is tackled after making a catch during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 6: Wide receiver Demarcus Robinson #14 of the Kansas City Chiefs high fives teammate wide receiver Albert Wilson #12 after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter of the AFC Wild Card playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at Arrowhead Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 06: Tight end Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs catches a pass in the endzone for a touchdown as inside linebacker Avery Williamson #54 of the Tennessee Titans defends during the 1st quarter of the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 06: Tight end Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs catches a pass in the endzone for a touchdown as inside linebacker Avery Williamson #54 of the Tennessee Titans defends during the 1st quarter of the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Mariota finished 19 of 31 for 205 yards passing and two touchdowns. Derrick Henry added 156 yards rushing on 23 carries, including a 35-yard touchdown burst with 14:08 remaining.

Tennessee, which advanced to the playoffs with a 9-7 record, failed on a pair of two-point conversions after the fourth-quarter touchdowns. On the second, Mariota appeared to lose a fumble, which the Chiefs returned for a two-point conversion only to have the play ruled dead.

The Chiefs struck for touchdowns on two first-quarter possessions. Kareem Hunt scored on a 1-yard plunge to cap an 81-yard march. Tight end Travis Kelce added a 13-yard reception from Alex Smith to complete a 76-yard march.

Those drives helped boost Smith's passing total to 154 yards for the quarter as he completed 8 of 11 attempts, including back-to-back throws of 45 and 27 yards to Tyreek Hill and Kelce on the first TD march.

Kansas City executed its two-minute drill to perfection to end the half, starting from its 21 with 1:48 left before Smith connected with Demarcus Robinson for a 14-yard touchdown with three seconds remaining. Robinson had four catches on the drive as Smith passed for 231 first-half yards, going 19-of-23.

The Titans' only first-half score came on a 49-yard field goal by Ryan Succop with two minutes left. A vicious sack of Mariota by Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson caused the drive to stall. Although Mariota fumbled on the play, he was ruled down by forward contact and a review the Chiefs wanted was not allowed.

Smith added just 33 yards passing in the second half. The Chiefs' best opportunity for a second-half score was a 48-yard field goal attempt by Harrison Butker that missed off the left upright with 2:25 left in the third quarter.

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