Titans, Mularkey not feeling much support in playoff push

Titans, Mularkey not feeling much support in playoff push

The Tennessee Titans have returned to the NFL Playoffs for the first time since 2008, and they will be greeted by the Kansas City Chiefs this Saturday on "Wild Card Weekend". Tennessee coach Mike Mularkey is no Herman Boone, the high school coach immortalized in the movie "Remember the Titans". They answered them all, scoring 19 unanswered points in the second half to earn a thrilling 22-21 comeback victory.

Henry lamented his Week 17 performance as "kinda soft", as negative yardage on his first few carries helped lead to him netting just 51 yards against the Jaguars on those aforementioned 28 carries.

"That was his big coming out party", left tackle Taylor Lewan said.

RECORD RALLY: Only two other road teams have rallied from at least 18 down to win a playoff game in National Football League history. He joined Eddie George, who did it twice, and Earl Campbell as the only players in franchise history to run for 100 yards in a playoff game. The Chiefs were known as the Dallas Texans in 1962 when they beat Houston for the AFL championship.

And the Chiefs, in particular, lost in pretty devastating fashion, by throwing away a big half-time lead to a Tennessee Titans side that nobody thought had any chance of winning.

One play before Titans' kicker Ryan Succop booted a 49-yard field, Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson darted through the line and drilled quarterback Marcus Mariota for a 9-yard loss. He'd rushed five times for 52 yards before three consecutive kneels to close out the contest.

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota has pulled off the almost impossible in a come-from-behind playoffs victory by catching his own touchdown pass.

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"He can run. He can pass".

Asked about his miracle TD, Mariota said: "I was just in the right place at the right time". "He can catch, too". The Titans certainly have some impressive wins under their belt this year, but they've also been shackled by the fact that Marcus Mariota, the team's starting quarterback, simply hasn't been completely healthy for some time.

Meanwhile, prior to Saturday the Titans had overcome a 14-point deficit once in the Marcus Mariota era: Week 15 of the 2016 season. But win or lose, Henry can clearly make the case for the charade to end and that he should be Tennessee's lead back next season.

The Titans have consistently shown heart and fight this season, even when everything wasn't clicking on all cylinders.

Beyond that, there are no bright spots to what went down at Arrowhead Stadium. Smith went 24 of 33 for 264 yards and two touchdowns.

Any of those plays could have won the game for the Chiefs, had they turned out differently.

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