Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs
Tennessee Titans Preview
The Tennessee Titans ended the Baltimore Ravens’ 12-game winning streak in the divisional round, and now they can end a seven-game streak by the Chiefs when they visit Kansas City on Sunday for the AFC Championship Game. The Titans’ hopes lean heavily on running back Derrick Henry, who has gained a combined 377 yards in the playoffs against New England and Baltimore.
The 6-foot-3, 247-pound bruiser is 3-0 all-time against Kansas City, averaging 134 yards. He has logged 30 or more rushes in each of the past three games. Tennessee was the last team to beat Kansas City (Nov. 10) and has won four straight over the Chiefs. Two Titans who have been out, receiver Adam Humphries (ankle) and linebacker Jayon Brown (shoulder), returned to practice.
Kansas City Chiefs Preview
The Kansas City Chiefs are bidding for their first appearance in the Super Bowl in 50 years and first as AFC champion. They represented the AFL after the 1966 and ’69 seasons, winning Super Bowl IV. To beat the Houston Texans in the divisional round, Kansas City became the first playoff team to recover from a deficit of at least 20 points and win by at least 20 points.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes also became the first player to pass for 300-plus yards, rush for 50-plus yards and toss five touchdown passes in a postseason game. Chiefs coach Andy Reid is 1-5 in conference championship games. Defensive tackle Chris Jones continues to deal with a strained calf that kept him out against Houston.