Mahomes, Chiefs advance to Super Bowl after win over Henry, Titans
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Kansas City, MO – For the first time in 50 years, Kansas City will play in the Super Bowl. They overcame a ten-point deficit and scored 28 unanswered points in a 35-24 victory in the AFC Championship game over the Titans.
They will play the winner of the NFC title game between Green Bay and San Francisco – who played later Sunday – on February 2 for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Patrick Mahomes was unbelievable, finishing 23 for 35 for 294 passing yards and three touchdowns. The quarterback led his team in rushing with 53 yards including an amazing 27-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
He evaded two defenders before spinning around two more to finish off the play for the score. The touchdown closed out the first half and put Kansas City up 21-17.
Derrick Henry ran for just 69 yards on 19 carries, with just seven of those yards coming in the second half. He had combined for 588 yards in his last three games.
Ryan Tannehill threw for more yardage than his two previous games combined, completing 21 of 31 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns.
Tennessee opened the scoring with a 30-yard field goal by Greg Joseph on an eight-play, 58-yard drive. It was the Titans first made field goal in 49 days.
Later in the quarter, they added to their lead. Henry ran the ball for a 4-yard touchdown on a drive that saw an interception overturned in the Titans’ favour as well as a 4th & 2 conversion.
In the final minute of the opening quarter, the Chiefs got on the board.
Tyreek Hill ended a ten-play, 74-yard drive with an 8-yard catch for the touchdown. The drive, which lasted over five minutes, was finished with a jet-sweep. It was the second time they used the play on the drive, and it was 10-7.
The Titans opened the scoring in the second quarter. The Tennessee drive was extended by a careless Chiefs penalty. The defensive pass interference call on Kansas City on 3rd & 22 made it 1st down, and it resulted in a Tennessee touchdown.
Dennis Kelly caught a Tannehill pass for a one-yard score, and it was 17-7 Titans. The drive lasted 9:07.
With 4:03 left in the half, it was Mahomes teaming up with Hill again. He caught a 20-yard pass from the quarterback for his second touchdown of the game on a quick, efficient Chiefs drive that was just five plays and 2:36.
Just like that, it was a three-point game at 17-14.
Kansas City’s defence had a 3-and-out on the next Tennessee possession, giving Mahomes the ball once again before halftime.
Mahomes made it count with his incredible 27-yard touchdown run.
He marched the Chiefs down the field in an 86-yard drive in just 1:40, making it a 21-17 game, and were set to receive the ball to begin the second half.
But the Chiefs couldn’t capitalize to begin the half, ending their streak of three straight touchdown drives.
The third quarter ended with no scoring, but with the Chiefs on the 3-yard line during a 11-play, nearly seven-minute drive. It also saw Kansas City run the ball nine times, half of what they had done so far in the game.
It was Damien Williams who ended the drive with a 3-yard rushing score to extend the Chiefs lead to 28-17.
On the next Titans drive, Chiefs defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon sacked Tannehill for a loss of eight yards and forced Tennessee to punt. It was a key stop on a drive that Tennessee was desperate to score points on.
With 7:33 left, Mahomes continued his dominant day.
On 3rd & 6 from their own 40-yard line, Mahomes unleashed a deep pass to Sammy Watkins who hauled it in for a 60-yard touchdown. The score made it 35-17, and 28 unanswered points for Kansas City.
But the Titans weren’t done yet. Tannehill lofted a throw to Anthony Firkser for a 22-yard score to cut the lead down to 35-24 with 4:18 to go.
The Titans looked like they had stopped the Chiefs on 3rd & 10 with 3:51 left, but a defensive pass interference call gave the Chiefs a new set of downs.
After forcing a punt, Tennessee got the ball back with 2:08 to play.
The Chiefs broke up a 3rd & 6 pass attempt from Tannehill, followed by a 4th down stop by the KC defence to seal the victory.
It will be the Chiefs first Super Bowl appearance since January 11, 1970 when they played in Super Bowl IV against the Vikings. It’s their third Super Bowl appearance all-time.