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Author: Jon Kuzma
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Well it’s safe to say the 2018 NFL playoffs started with a bang. The Kansas City Chiefs jumped out to a 21-3 lead in the AFC Wild Card but that’s when Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans came storming back. Henry finished with 156 yards and 1 touchdown proving he can be an elite ball carrier in the National Football League. Not only was this an impressive effort from the former University of Alabama running back, the fact it was done in a playoff game will help elevate his legacy. If Henry can keep running like this the Titans will have a chance to keep upsetting opponent along the way. Marcus Mariota also raised the bar with his own level of play, Mariota threw for 205 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Delanie Walker led the Titans in receiving yards he ended up hauling in 74 yards through the air. Tennessee looked in the face of adversity and proved to the world they can take a punch. The Chiefs on the other hand have another postseason letdown on their resume. Alex Smith threw for 284 yards, 2 touchdowns, and no interceptions. Kareem Hunt only had 42 yards and 1 touchdown in the loss as well and you have to wonder why the Chiefs only handed him the ball 11 times? Maybe the biggest setback for Kansas City was when Travis Kelce got knocked out of the game with a concussion. Kelce had 66 yards and 1 touchdown before he left but his absence caused Andy Reid’s team to crumble. On the defensive side of things Kevin Byard led the Titans with 6 tackles. Derrick Morgan chipped in 4 tackles and a sack for Tennessee too. Derrick Johnson led the way for the Chiefs he put up 8 tackles and 1 sack. Marcus Peters played extremely well with 4 tackles and 1 interceptions also. You have to give a lot of praise to Mariota and the Titans for overcoming the odds. At the end of the first quarter this team had their backs against the wall but they never gave up the belief that they could win. The Titans will take on either the Patriots or Steelers next weekend depending on the winner of the Jacksonville / Buffalo game. Regardless of that opponent it should make for another great football game.
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