WTF just happened…?
The game started in butt-puckering fashion with Patrick Mahomes’ first attempt being picked off but ultimately, and correctly, it was overturned for hitting the ground. The Chiefs put together a solid drive capped off by the famed tight end shovel pass to Travis Kelce for a score. Not to be outdone the defense showed up with a Chris Jones strip-sack of Ryan Tannehill on 3rd down recovered by Tanoh Kpassagnon. Despite some remarkable plays, including a would-be Kelce touchdown, the drive was thwarted by penalties and the Chiefs settled for a field goal. The quarter ended with the Chiefs up 10-0.
The Chiefs opened the second quarter with a drive stalled by near misses to both Hill and Watkins that could have both likely ended up in the end zone before Dustin Colquitt came in and shanked a 26 yard punt to the Titans. And then…then the…I don’t know what happened. Simply put Charvarius Ward got burned for a 73 yard reception to Kalif Raymond. Three plays later and the Titans were in the endzone with a 9 yard pass to something called a Firkser to pull the Titans within three of the Chiefs. The Chiefs looked to respond and were systemically driving down the field when Damien Williams fumbled the ball which Tennessee returned for a touchdown. Former friend Ryan Succup missed the PAT putting the Titans up 13-10. On the subsequent Chiefs drive the strangest of oddities occurred with 3 injuries as Hill, Schwartz, and Schwartz’s replacement Martinez Rankins were all injured on consecutive plays. While Hill and Schwartz look to be ok, Rankins appears to be done for the season. The Chiefs ended the drive with a field goal to tie the game at 13 before the half.
The Titans opened the second half with a rash of their own penalties that resulted in a punt and continued the trend, extending the Chiefs drive with a costly holding call on a 3rd down incompletion. The Chiefs capitalized on the Titans mistake when Patrick Mahomes floated an 11 yard rainbow to Hill in the end zone. In a game of matching efforts, it was Harrison Butker who missed the PAT this time. The Titans wasted no responding as Derrick Henry scampered 68 yards for a touchdown to put the Titans on top 20-19. Tyreek Hill dropped a pass on 3rd and 1 that hit him in the hands but the Chiefs we able to convert on 4th down with a 10 yard pass to Damien Williams and the Chiefs retook the lead on a 43 yard field goal from Harrison Butker. With the Titans driving the clock expired on the 3rd quarter.
The Chiefs defense stepped up with another Chris Jones sack that ultimately led to a punt. The Chiefs answered with another classic Mahomes highlight reel play where he lobbed a jump pass to Mecole Hardman who streaked into the endzone for a 63 yard score. But the Titans weren’t done yet as they responded with a 10 play 75 yard drive capped off by a 1 yard Henry score. The Chiefs moved down the field on the back of a 39 yard strike to Tyreek Hill but on the following set of downs Hill had two passes hit him in the hands that he didn’t haul in and the Chiefs had to settle for three. On the following drive the Chiefs defense made a stand as Frank Clark sacked Tannehill on 3rd down and the Chiefs took possession when the Titans went for it on 4th and 17 and failed to convert. However a botched snap on the pursuing field goal attempt gave Tennessee the ball back with good field position and the Titans sliced through the Chiefs defense going 61 yards in 58 seconds to score a go ahead touchdown and converted the following 2 point conversation. The Chiefs moved into the edge of field goal position but the game winning kick was blocked. Titans win 35-32 despite being dominated in every statistical category.
Box Score Champs
Passing Leader: P. Mahomes 36/50 446 yards 3 TD 0 INT
Rushing Leader: D. Williams 19 carries 77 yards 0 TD
Receiving Leader: T. Hill 11 receptions 157 yards 1 TD
Tackle Leader: D. Sorenson 9 total
Sack Leader: C. Jones 2 sacks
Interception Leader: Not today…
I did ~not~ see that coming…