And they needed every bit of his all-around contributions to complete an 18-point comeback and win 22-21. There should now be little question as to who the Titans' running back of the future and now should be.
Mariota's first career postseason TD pass was to himself. Titans are 3-0 in wild-card games played on Saturdays. He plays for Tennessee, not Kansas City. He got the chance to be in a room with Alex Smith, which is invaluable.
Chiefs: making 20th overall playoff appearance (16th since the merger), 9-17 in postseason play (4-15 since the merger).
"I felt like the opportunity we had in front of us, the talent we had. when we play the way we're capable of playing, the sky is the limit", said quarterback Alex Smith, who may have played his final game for the Chiefs. Wideout Tyreek Hill had five catches for 84 yards, tight end Travis Kelce caught four passes for 66 yards and wideout Demarcus Robinson had four receptions for 57 yards. The Cowboys came back from 21-3 in the first half to beat the 49ers 30-28 in December 1972, and the Lions came back from 27-7 in the second half to beat the 49ers in December 1957. That all changed after halftime. It was redemption for Decker, who had a drop on a third-down play earlier in the game.
Kansas City moved the ball to the Tennessee 44-yard line, but Smith sailed a pass by receiver Albert Wilson with 2:09 left in the game, preventing a field goal try by Butker for the win. He threw an interception in the final two minutes as the Chiefs were driving toward what would have been the go-ahead touchdown.
For the offense in particular, the second half rally provided a platform for several of the team's most highly-scrutinized players to stand tall and silence their critics. I have been working hard this week and trying to get better than I was last week and looking forward to the game on Saturday. Handing Henry the football, and he was made of steel tonight. He was the bruising, unstoppable force that Titan fans envisioned when he was drafted in the 2nd round.
While its offense had been inconsistent all year, Henry complemented Marcus Mariota in totaling 156 yards rushing with a touchdown on 23 carries in Tennessee's 22-21 win over the Chiefs. Again, I'll take responsibility for that. And when they did, they were behind a quarterback that threw touchdowns, caught one, and doled out the game's biggest block.
The microwave-quick development of Carson Wentz (MVP candidate) and Jared Goff (worst QB in 2016), makes Marcus Mariota look like a flop from three years ago.