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Game Recap: Chiefs Fall to the Titans, 19-17

Ryan Succop hit a 53-yard field goal as time expired for the win

Former Kansas City Chief and Tennessee kicker Ryan Succop hit a 53-yard field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter to give the Titans a stunning 19-17 victory at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday afternoon. The Chiefs dropped to 10-4 in the loss.

The kickoff temperature was 1 degree Fahrenheit, making it the coldest regular-season game at Arrowhead Stadium since 1994.

The Titans started with the football, and after their drive stalled, they punted away to wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Hill muffed the punt, but he was able to recover it at the Kansas City 26-yard line.

Running back Spencer Ware ran for 6 yards on first down, and on second-and-4, the Chiefs handed it off to Hill out of a shotgun set. The Titans' defensive look gave Hill some open field, and he ran the ball 68 yards for the touchdown.

On the Titans' next drive, quarterback Marcus Mariota hit wide receiver Rishard Matthews deep down the field for what would have been a 35-yard gain, but safety Eric Berry punched the ball out at the 5-yard line. S Daniel Sorensen recovered the football and returned it all the way to the Kansas City 47-yard line.

The biggest gain of the drive came on its first play—a deep 44-yard ball to WR Jeremy Maclin down the right sideline to bring the Chiefs to the Tennessee 9. Facing third-and-goal at the Tennessee 10-yard line, QB Alex Smith opted to scramble, and he rushed it in for a 10-yard touchdown.

The Chiefs led 14-0 after one quarter of play.

The Titans finally got their offense going at the beginning of the second quarter, when Mariota handed it off to DeMarco Murray, who flicked it right back to Mariota. Mariota found Matthews streaking down the field, and Matthews fought off Berry to make a 46-yard catch. Titans rookie RB Derrick Henry ran it in for a 4-yard touchdown a couple plays later, cutting the Chiefs' lead to 14-7.

Later in the quarter, Mariota and the Titans offense were facing third-and-6 at the Tennessee 36. Defensive tackle Dontari Poe broke through the line for a strip-sack, and linebacker Ramik Wilson recovered the football, giving the Chiefs good starting field position at the Tennessee 40.

The Chiefs got the ball all the way to the Tennessee goal line, but Ware was stopped on both third and fourth down.


The Chiefs held the Titans to three-and-out on the ensuing possession, and Cairo Santos kicked a 34-yard field goal to give the Chiefs a 17-7 lead at the half.

The Chiefs started the third quarter with the ball, but would wind up punting to the Titans.

On first-and-10 at the Tennessee 35-yard line, safety Ron Parker had a one-handed interception of Mariota, and the Chiefs offense took back over.

The Chiefs worked the ball down to the Tennessee 7-yard line, but on third-and-7, Smith threw an interception in the end zone into the hands of rookie cornerback LeShaun Sims.

The Titans came up empty off of the turnover and the Chiefs held onto a 17-7 lead as the third quarter came to a close.

Early in the fourth, Titans kicker Ryan Succop hit a 39-yard field goal to bring the Titans within a score at 17-10.

Late in the fourth quarter, Mariota and the Titans needed a touchdown to tie the game. On fourth-and-5 at the Kansas City 16-yard line, Mariota hit Murray, bringing the ball to the Kansas City 1.  Henry ran it in for his second touchdown of the game to make it 17-16.

Tennessee opted to go for two points, and Mariota snapped the ball out of the shotgun. Jones pressured Mariota, who couldn't get off a clean pass, and the play was ruled incomplete.

The Titans were able to stop Kansas City's attempt to run out the clock, giving their offense 1:07 to get into field goal position and win the game.

The Chiefs play next Sunday, Christmas night, at Arrowhead Stadium. Kickoff time is 7:30 p.m. CT.

Photos from the Chiefs Week 15 matchup against the Titans

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