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Run ends early again for Chiefs, Kareem Hunt

12 January 2018

If you wanted a moment to sum up precisely how "wild" the NFL's wildcard weekend was, it was nearly certainly Marcus Mariota throwing a touchdown pass to himself in order to complete one of the most improbable playoff comebacks since, well, the last playoff game, Super Bowl 51.

Derrick Henry said "I felt like I played soft." after last weeks win against the Jaguars.

"I've been through some tough ones but this is one of the tougher ones". Meanwhile, the Titans struggled a bit down the stretch but defeated AFC South rival (and division champ) Jacksonville in Week 17 to lock up a playoff berth - their first since the 2008 season.

Run ends early again for Chiefs, Kareem Hunt
Run ends early again for Chiefs, Kareem Hunt

The sting this time was the worst. Henry carried the rock for the Titans to run out the clock, but looked like he was going to get stuffed as he danced along the sideline by a Chiefs defender.

This one was at Arrowhead and with a team seemingly built to go deep in the playoffs. Tennessee did show signs of offensive life getting deep into Chief territory twice. "Tonight was a good example of that". We have the history to back up our pessimistic views after all.

"I'll get into all that in the next couple of weeks", said Smith, who did say that he wants to remain with Kansas City, but ultimately knows the decision is out of his hands. Then in 1994 the KC Chiefs beat the Oilers in a AFC playoff game. But Derrick Henry needed 28 unchecked carries as the No. 1 back to come close to Murray's team lead for the season in that category, with 176 carries, despite averaging over a half-a-yard per carry more (4.2 to 3.6).

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The second half was far different after the Chiefs lost tight end Travis Kelce.

Yes, the Titans defense was rocked for 231 yards through the air in the first half.

Kansas City had fewer than 100 yards in the second half. The Chiefs marched down the field easily on two different scoring drives.

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On a third and goal play, Mariota got an opening and threw a pass that was deflected back at him by Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Darrelle Revis. The other cost the Chiefs two points because it happened on a two-point conversion.

Henry was also part of a disastrous play when he collided with Mariota, which resulted in a fumble that was picked up by a Jaguars defender and returned for a touchdown. The Chiefs' normally reliable kicker, Harrison Butker, missed a 48-yard field goal attempt. They responded playing with much more aggression and flow to the football. After seeing what each contributes to the Chiefs, it is hard to decide who is most vital to the offense out of the three or who the Titans should aim to control.

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Run ends early again for Chiefs, Kareem Hunt