When it comes to teams in the NFL that have continuously broke the hearts of KC Chiefs fans everywhere, the Tennessee Titans are high on that list.
The Kansas City Chiefs will play the Tennessee Titans on Sunday in the early window of games. It’s the first time the two have squared off since the Chiefs’ embarrassing loss to the Titans in the 2017 Wild Card game at Arrowhead Stadium.
I don’t blame you if you’ve chosen to forget about that game. I myself have done the same thing. The Chiefs had a 21-3 lead heading into half time and went on to lose 22-21 in embarrassing fashion. The loss had some weird moments in it, but none weirder than when Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota completed a pass to himself and ran it in for a touchdown.
Derrick Henry also ran all over the Chiefs in that game and ultimately, that’s what cost the Chiefs the win. Their offense had been cruising in the first half, but Andy Reid and company got conservative coming out of the half, and that, along with their atrocious run defense, led to yet another early playoff exit.
That game was another game in which the Titans frustrated the Kansas City Chiefs and was the third straight victory that Tennessee had over the Chiefs, all three of them taking place at Arrowhead.
Prior to the playoff loss, the Chiefs lost a late season game to the Titans in 2016 in one of the coldest games in franchise history. Kansas City had that game won, but Reid had called a timeout to ice the Titans kicker (former Chiefs kicker Ryan Succopp, to be exact) and he missed the first time. Of course he went on to drill it on his second attempt.
The beginning of this losing streak to Tennessee, however, began in the 2014 season opener in which the Titans won 26-10 and were killing the Chiefs throughout. Alex Smith threw three picks in that game and the offense looked lifeless. Tennessee would prove themselves to be one of the worst teams in the league that year and one of their two wins came against Kansas City.
This year’s Chiefs team is different from the three that fell to the Titans. The biggest reason they’re different is that KC has Patrick Mahomes as their quarterback and it’s looking likely that he’ll suit up against the Titans this weekend after having missed the last two games.
Smith, who was Kansas City’s quarterback in all three of those losses, never played well against the Titans for whatever reason. Mahomes has a fresh slate against them and it’ll be fun to see what he can do against them.
Most fan bases probably don’t give the Tennessee Titans much thought, but Kansas City Chiefs fans have seen this team come into Arrowhead three times in a row and beat their team. It’s time for the Chiefs to now go into Nashville and get some much needed revenge on those pesky Titans.