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The Titans were defeated by the Chiefs 20-17 in overtime in 2022

The Titans were defeated by the Chiefs

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The Titans were defeated by the Chiefs

The Titans had a chance to beat the Chiefs last night in Kansas City, but they blew it. in spite of being heavy underdogs, the Titans spent a majority of the game ahead at Arrowhead Stadium. in the end, the Chiefs came back for a 20-17 overtime victory, ending Tennessee’s five-game winning streak.

“It’s incredibly upsetting,” Titans head coach Mike Vrabel said. “I am fortunate to be their coach, but I feel bad for the guys who participate, who put so much into this and play despite pain, suffering, or adverse circumstances.

“What I mean is that there are no moral triumphs to be had. Just one thing was on our minds when we left home and that was winning.”

Late in the fourth quarter, the Titans held a 17-9 lead, but a 14-yard touchdown run by Patrick Mahomes and a two-point conversion run by Mahomes knotted the game at 17-17 for the Chiefs.

After 4:04 of overtime had passed, kicker Harrison Butker connected from 28 yards out to give the Chiefs a 20-17 advantage.

Even though the Titans had a possession in overtime, they were unable to score.

According to Titans safety Kevin Byard, the team is simply pleased with their performance “We must have run a hundred defensive plays if not more. We were outgained by a wide margin, but we fought until the last end. Despite facing a potent offensive attack, we were able to keep the game close for the majority of it.

The Titans were defeated by the Chiefs

The Titans were defeated by the Chiefs

When they kicked the game-winning field goal, I walked to the sidelines and said, “Hey,… I can’t ask for nothing more. Everybody was out there battling. Guys were hurt, giving everything they’ve got, and that’s all I can ask for at the end of the day.”

With Ryan Tannehill out with an injury, the Titans turned to Malik Willis, who started for the second time in his career.

Willis threw for 80 yards on 5-of-16 passing and ran for 40 more on 8 carries. In a game where he was sacked three times, Willis saw receivers drop catchable long balls.

Derrick Henry, the running back, rushed for over 100 yards for the fifth straight game, this time totaling 115 yards on 17 carries and scoring twice.

But despite Mahomes completing 43 of 68 throws for 446 yards and a touchdown, the Titans lost, bringing their record to 5-3. Roger McCreary, a cornerback for the Titans, intercepted Patrick Mahomes.

“I am proud of the boys for the way they battled,” Willis remarked. While we didn’t come out on top this time, at least we had a good experience from which to grow as a team, and for that I am extremely proud of the men.

On defence, the Titans were a stalwart group.

The defence stepped up early in the game after the Chiefs put together a lengthy drive to start the game, limiting them to a Butker field goal from 24 yards out after the Chiefs had possession of the ball for nearly eight minutes and 15 plays.

A 48-yard pass from Willis to rookie tight end Chig Okonkwo was an exciting start for the Titans’ offence. However, the drive stalled, and the Titans were forced to punt.

Mahomes threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Mecole Hardman on Kansas City’s next possession, extending their lead to 9-0. The Titans looked like they were about to make another stop, but Hardman scored when McCreary missed a tackle on him.

The Titans, however, responded with a stunning drive of their own, covering seven plays and 74 yards and ending with a touchdown run by Henry from four yards out. On this drive, Willis completed a pass of 16 yards to tight end Austin Hooper and gained another 25 yards on two carries. A 24-yard run by Henry brought the Titans closer to the end zone.

Again, it was Henry who carried the ball in for a touchdown when the Titans got the ball back, this time from one yard out. The Titans took the lead for good after their five-play, 79-yard drive. Henry scored his 74th touchdown of his career on a run of at least ten yards on this drive, breaking the Earl Campbell team record.

The Titans’ lead grew to 17-9 after the break thanks to a field goal from 44 yards out made by kicker Randy Bullock. An interception by McCreary, who caught a Mahomes pass that had ricocheted off Kelce’s hands, set up the field goal.

With 5:17 remaining in the third quarter, the score was still 17-9 thanks in large part to the Titans’ tenacious defence, which had already thwarted a Kansas City drive and resulted in a missed from goal try from 47 yards by Butker.

The Titans’ chances of pulling off the upset looked good for a while.

And then there was the dreadful ending.

The Titans host the Broncos this Sunday for their next regular season game.

Titans defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons remarked, “This one is tough, for sure.” “I am pleased of the team – we fought ’til the end. We will face them again in the playoffs. One play might have transformed this game, especially in overtime. Our thinking is: How can we make that one play?”

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