The Titans are still a work in progress - a young team continuing to grow through frustrating lapses and maddening miscues. After dropping to 6-6, the season could have unravelled but four straight impressive wins later and they are the most unsafe team in the AFC.
Tennessee succeeded in running out the clock from there. For starters, the Chiefs led, 21-3, at home, against a Titans outfit that was predictable on offense and porous on defense. Mariota caught HIS OWN PASS and scored for the Titans first touchdown.
But against the Titans, in the second half the play-calling looked very Reid-like and unlike what had been working the last month of the season. Three players have stuck out for the Chiefs' offense this season: Kareem Hunt, Travis Kelce, and Tyreek Hill.
Yep, the Chiefs, who led 14-0 in the first quarter and ended up losing 19-17 on a last-second Ryan Succop 53-yard field goal.
Mariota leads the National Football League this season with five game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime. The former Heisman Trophy victor exploded for a career-high 156 yards on 23 carries, including a 35-yard touchdown to make it a 21-16 game early in the fourth quarter and a 22-yard carry that iced the game away late.
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.
But when the game was on the line in the second half, no. 8 was at his best.
The Chiefs led 21-3 at halftime and looked well on their way to getting their first home playoff win in 24 years.
'Right place, right time, ' Mariota said with a smile after the game.
It wasn't pretty at the start.
Similar drama unfolded on the Titans' final drive, when Henry was hit by Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters and the ball came loose. Titans QB Marcus Mariota has 39 TD passes without interception in red zone.
COACHING CHANGES: Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy and special teams coach Dave Toub are expected to interview for head coaching vacancies in Indianapolis and possibly Chicago. The Titans are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games overall while the Chiefs have failed to cover in eight of their last nine playoff games. While both teams are less than flawless, it should be an interesting match, with the victor facing either the Patriots or the Steelers.
There's no more questions for now.