MARCUS MARIOTA scored one of the crucial exceptional touchdowns in NFL historical past to spark a sensational Titans comeback.
The Tennessee quarterback threw a six-yard TD move to HIMSELF within the third quarter – together with his aspect 21-three down towards the Kansas City Chiefs.
That impressed a sensational turnaround at Arrowhead because the Titans rallied to pinch the Wild Card conflict 22-21.
However it was reverse quantity Alex Smith – in what now seems more likely to be his final recreation for the Chiefs – who stole the present within the first half.
Smith is about to be traded within the low season after one other publish-season failure with the Chiefs – who’ve now misplaced six consecutive residence playoff video games.
But he appeared each bit the franchise quarterback as he made huge completions to Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce to assist Andy Reid’s aspect race right into a 14-zero first-quarter lead.
The primary got here on a one-yard run by Kareem Hunt and the second on a thirteen-yard catch by Kelce.
The Titans lastly received on the board with a forty nine-yard area aim by Ryan Succop.
Kansas City made it 21-three within the last seconds of the primary half on a 14-yard scoring move from Smith to Demarcus Robinson.
However the recreation was turned of its head when tight finish Kelce suffered a concussion in a helmet-to-helmet hit on that drive that dominated him out for the entire second interval.
And the Chiefs made simply six complete yards within the third quarter as Mariota turned the tide.
Nonetheless 18 factors down, Mariota rolled left and threw in the direction of the top zone – just for Chiefs cornerback Darrell Revis to dam his cross.
However Mariota extremely reeled within the unfastened ball and plunged into the top zone.The Titans scored once more early within the fourth when operating again Derrick Henry raced 35 yards for a landing – on his solution to 191 complete yards.
The 2-level conversion try – their first of the season – failed, leaving Tennessee down 21-sixteen.
However they edged forward when Mariota discovered Eric Decker for a rating.
The 2-level conversion try once more flopped when Mariota was sacked.
And there was extra drama on the Titans' last drive, when Henry was hit by Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters and the ball got here unfastened.
Kansas City linebacker Derrick Johnson raced to the top zone with the obvious fumble for a landing, nevertheless it was overturned as officers deemed Henry was down and the play full earlier than Johnson scooped up the ball.
Requested about his miracle TD, Mariota stated: "I used to be simply in the appropriate place at the appropriate time.
He added: “I'm a part of an amazing group of men that basically simply consider in one another and it's one thing particular. I sit up for enjoying subsequent week.”
MARCUS MARIOTA scored some of the exceptional touchdowns in NFL historical past to spark a sensational Titans comeback.