It was rumored that The Titans would possibly look at Patriots Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels, but it seems like he’s destined for Indianapolis. Hearing that news, the Titans jumped at the opportunity to hire Vrabel who had been with the Texans the past two seasons.
This is a good move — Vrabel played with the Patriots for the better part of a decade and was able to win multiple Super Bowls. He is a fiery guy who will take control of the organization almost immediately.
The Titans scored first and actually gave their fans a glimmer of hope that they’d be competitive and then the Patriots showed up. I’ll give credit where credit is due though — Corey Davis’ first TD of his young career was the first score of this game and was what we were hoping he’d be all here.
After that, well…it was all Patriots per usual. The Pats rode Brady’s 53 pass attempts en route to 35 straight points and an easy road win. James White added two TDs and the Pats allowed a garbage time TD to make the score 35-14, which honestly was not even that close.
Business as usual for the Pats as they’ll host the Jaguars next week at Gillette for a 7th straight appearance in the conference championship.
But at least we got to see Gronk and Amendola’s friendship go to the next level?
Once again the Kansas City Chiefs failed to win a home playoff game. Shocking, I know. This time, the perennial losers gagged away a 21-3 halftime lead to Marcus Mariota, and the Tennessee Titans. Even the Chiefs made themselves blush at the choke job that would ensue.
The game started out like a typical Wild-Card playoff game. The home team had gotten out in front of the playoff newbie, Tennessee Titans. Kareem Hunt capped off a 6 play 81 yard drive with a 1 yard touchdown run to make it 7-0 Chiefs. After multiple three-and-outs from Tennessee, Alex Smith found Travis Kelce for a 13 yard touchdown to make it 14-0. Smith was on fire, leading a 5 play 76 yard drive in just 3:24.
The Titans managed to cut into the lead before the half, making 14-3 with a Ryan Succop field goal. Smith was having none of it, and lead a 9 play 79 yard drive for six. Smith hit Demarcus Robinson for a 14 yard score. 21-3 Chiefs right before the half. It looked as if the Chiefs home playoff curse would finally be erased. 21-3 was the score heading into half-time.
The second half started, and the tide would turn completely. As the third quarter started, the feeling was that the Titans were on life support. Marcus Mariota took over. Prior to the game it had widely been mentioned that Mariota had regressed this season. He turned the ball over frequently, while not making the kind of plays you would think a dual threat Quarterback can make. Mariota stepped up BIG in this one. To start the second half he lead a 15 play, 91 yard march towards pay-dirt. Mariota would cap off the drive by throwing a six yard touchdown pass to……Marcus Mariota.
In all honesty, it was one of the coolest plays I have ever seen. Mariota scrambled around the pocket like he was Fran Tarkenton re-incarnated. As he rolled to his left he zipped a pass towards his receiver, Corey Davis. The ball bounced off Chiefs Cornerback, Darrelle Revis directly back into the hands of Mariota. Mariota corralled it, and took it to the pylon for 6. The Titans took a whopping 8:29 off the clock, and cut the lead to 21-10.
In typical Kansas City Chief fashion, they proceeded to go three and out the following possession. On 3rd and 1 from the KC 28, the Chiefs were stuffed on the most Chiefs play of all time. They motioned about 7 guys pre-snap, and ran a Quarterback bootleg option which got fucking STUFFED for no gain. 3 and out, and the ball going back to the Titans.
The Titans would strike back on the ensuing possession. Derek Henry rumbled his way 35 yards to cut the lead to 21-16. The two point conversion attempt failed.
Take a look at #24 in red. Darrelle Revis. That’s a man, who doesn’t give a flying fuck. It’s a goddamn shame that he is still a NFL player. Wasted talent in a fucking mercenary, who won’t make play due to “business decisions”. He’s a fucking sally.
The Chiefs would pick up one first down on their next possession, but stalled shortly after. Another punt. Mariota would take the rains, and lead another long march into Chief territory. Finally, on the 11th play of their drive, Mariota hit Eric Decker for a 22 yard touchdown. The score was 22-21 Titans, after they missed a second straight two point conversion attempt.
After stopping the Chiefs yet again, Titans put the game away with this final run by Derek Henry.
Look at No. 24 Darrelle Revis on Derrick Henry's game-clinching run. Gave up on the Chiefs most important play of the season. What an embarrassment. pic.twitter.com/k9B0oVeCfp
Man, just a master-piece from the Kansas City Chiefs. I cannot believe I picked them to win?! How stupid?! The Kansas City Chiefs, are the Kansas City Chiefs. Next year with Pat Mahomes don’t get sucked in. Whether the QB is Trent Green, Alex Smith, or Pat Mahomes they will always be the same. Count on them to choke when it matters most. Andy Reid is their coach after-all. Count on Andy Reid to inexplicably not give the ball to key offensive weapons in playoff games. This past game the NFL’s leading rusher, Kareem Hunt touched the ball only 11 times. Andy Reid, man. So, next year in October when you get your rocks off to the Kansas City chiefs running over teams, just remember, they’ll limp dick in the playoffs.
Two touchdowns for a divisional playoff game — and people will still bet on the Patriots. This just goes to show you how their dominance is overlooked at this point. Sure, the Titans don’t really scare anybody but they still went into Arrowhead, which is one of the harder places in the league to win (not in the playoffs though) and came back from an 18 point deficit. That being said, hammer the Patriots line. The Patriots last home game in the playoffs was a 19 point win against the Steelers — combo that with the ESPN headlines and all the negative talk? Patriots win this game by at least 3 TDs.
Saturday afternoon will feature the first of two AFC Wild Card Playoff Matchups. The 5 seed, Tennessee Titans will travel to Kansas City, to take on the 4 seed, Chiefs. The Chiefs haven’t won a home playoff game in their last 5 attempts. Tennessee has not qualified for postseason play since 2008. Looks to me like this one has all the makings of a shitty Wild Card match-up.
The Titans are back in post season play for the first time since 2008. That was a 13-10 loss at the expense of the Baltimore Ravens. This season has been a bit of a roller coaster for them. At times, Marcus Mariota looks flawless, and the Titans look like a real contender. Other times, they look mediocre at best. They finished the year with a 9-7 record. The problem with the Titans is I don’t feel like they had any real signature wins this season. Their best wins on paper were at home against Seattle in week 3, and at Houston in week 4. Nothing to write home about. The Titans Defense will have it’s handsfull with the Chiefs Offense. They rank 17th in the NFL in points allowed (356), and 13th in yards allowed. They have played a weak schedule as well.
Marcus Mariota was poised to take the proverbial “Next Step” in 2017, but has fallen short.
WOOF. Brutal season from the ex Oregon Duck. Obviously, it’s the turnovers that present the largest concern. Generally in the postseason, whoever wins the turnover battle, wins the game. Mariota is going to have to make plays with his legs, along with his arm. He is known for his ability to extend plays with his feet. He did rush for 312 yards, and 5 rushing touchdowns on the year. Personally, he sucks. Look for him to look like shit.
Kansas City Chiefs:
Much like their opponent, the Chiefs have had an up-and-down 2017. They started out looking the immediate Super Bowl Contenders beating the New England Patriots 42-27 on opening night. Four more wins came at the expense of the Eagles, Chargers, Redskins, and Texans. They were off to a 5-0 start, and we go a boat load of the “Kansas City Chiefs are Super Bowl Contenders” talk.
They would go on to lose 6 of their next 7 games. The losses came at the hands of the Steelers, Raiders, Cowboys, Giants, Jets, and Bills. They certainly showed their true colors. They did finish the season with four wins in a row over the Raiders, Chargers, Broncos, and Dolphins. All crap bag teams.
Chiefs Quarterback, Alex Smith seems to be on borrowed time with Patrick Mahomes breathing down his neck.
Still a solid year for Smith. He doesn’t turn the ball over whatsoever. This trait is vital, in the playoffs. Ultimately, Smith’s ball protection will likely be the key too the game. If Tennessee can force some turnovers, then they may be able to sneak out a win.
Smith will be looking to chuck the rock to Tyreek Hill, his speedy deep threat. Hill has 1,183 yards, 7 touchdowns in 2017.
Kansas City has the league’s leading rusher at their disposal, in Kareem Hunt. Hunt finished 2017 with 1,327 rushing yards, and 8 touchdowns. Look for Hunt to make an impact running the ball, catching it in the passing game, and make an impact on special teams.
The Chiefs defense ranks 15th in the league in points allowed, and 28th in yards allowed. Not quite the stout Kansas City Chiefs defense of years past. However, they do have insane playmakers in Justin Houston, Marcus Peters, and Tamba Hali.
Chiefs 21 – Titans 10
The Chiefs are just far too well rounded for the Titans, who just barely got in. I don’t love the Chiefs going much further, but they’ll throw their fanbase a bone, and win a meaningless Wild Card game in 2018.
I leave you with a photo from the Chiefs last home playoff win: