The Chiefs finished the season officially 10-7 with a 22-21 choke job loss to the Tennessee Titans in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, at Arrowhead, in front of a capacity crowd of their own fans.
The most recent home playoff triumph for the Chiefs occurred more than two decades ago, when quarterback Joe Montana led the Chiefs to an overtime win over Pittsburgh.
The Kansas City Chiefs collapsed, there is no nice way of putting it. Coach Sean Payton kept the offense on the field on fourth-and-short with two minutes remaining and Carolina out of timeouts, hoping for one more first down that would have allowed New Orleans to run out the clock. "We are crushed, yeah".
The Titans then took 22-21 the lead on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Mariota to receiver Eric Decker with 6:06 left. The ensuing two-point try failed, however. Henry said on Wednesday that he ran "soft" against the Jaguars, which wasn't inaccurate. "Give credit to Marcus". It would make no sense to surrender a high draft pick for a potential one-and-done player, so now you're talking about a contract extension in addition to the draft-pick compensation. Smith had been almost ideal in the first half when Titan defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau took his defense to task.
Kareem Hunt is somewhat soft spoken.
Hunt, who led the National Football League in rushing with 1,327 yards in his rookie season, finished with 11 carries for 42 yards.
Chiefs' head coach Andy Reid: 11-12 in postseason play (10-9 with Eagles, 1-3 with Chiefs).
Since Andy Reid was hired by Kansas City in 2013, he's delivered five consecutive winning seasons, four playoff appearances and two AFC West titles. Like I said, I felt like we had a good chance. "These guys are hurting".
They crashed headlong into the offseason, instead, and now Smith goes from franchise quarterback to prime asset.
It also didn't help the Chiefs that the normally reliable Harrison Butker missed a 48-yard field goal in the second half, as the ball hit the left upright and bounced away.
Running back Derrick Henry ran for 156 yards on 23 carries, and a big fourth quarter touchdown. At one point in the third quarter, Kansas City led 21-3.
But the officials had blown the play dead, ruling Mariota's progress had been stopped, and the Titans retained the slimmest of margins - one that would stand up to the final whistle. Except for Alan Matthews, a Titans fan who went out on a limb and predicted something you probably wouldn't expect to see: Marcus Mariota throwing a touchdown to himself.
It wound up being a crucial call in a game that came down to the wire.
The Titans certainly looked like they were going to get beat all the way back to Nashville at halftime. The Titans brought pressure from all places harassing and hurrying Kansas City and it's lethal passing attack into finishing with 33 yards the second half. He needs time to develop as a quarterback, but he won't get that sitting on the bench.
Do the Chiefs have the guts to make this move? Those second-round picks shouldn't be treated as untouchable, especially in a draft where you're already adding two players in the Top 5.
Hill had a 26-yard catch, fellow wideout Albert Wilson added an 18-yard reception and Hunt had a 16-yard gain during the Chiefs' second scoring drive, which came late in the opening quarter.
The Chiefs extended their lead to 14-0 on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Smith to tight end Travis Kelce.
Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota has pulled off the almost impossible in a come-from-behind playoffs victory by catching his own touchdown pass.