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Mike Mularkey's Job Reportedly in Jeopardy Despite Titans' Playoff Berth

07 January 2018, 05:48 | Sylvia Adams

Titans receiver Eric Decker, who had been having a rough game, reeled in a 22-yard catch in the end zone to give Tennessee a 22-21 lead at Kansas City. The Titans needed a win in their regular-season finale and some help to earn a wild-card spot as the AFC's fifth seed. The Titans went for two, and safety Daniel Sorensen had ahold of Marcus Mariota as he scrambled. But the Rams have what it takes to advance, especially in running back Todd Gurley, an MVP candidate.

Before the game even began, Titans nation was in uproar due to a report that head coach Mike Mularkey's job would be in danger if they lost today. But the officials ruled the play was over, it could not be reviewed and the Titans had time for a field goal that wound up being crucial in a game where every point mattered. The third-year quarterback struggled, throwing more interceptions (15) than touchdown passes (13) while registering a career-low 79.3 passer rating. The drive stalling gave the Chiefs the ball back with a little under two minutes left. The Chiefs went three-and-out on the next drive.

Two of the Titans' best wins of the seasons came in Weeks 2 and 3-a 37-16 win over Jacksonville, followed by a 33-27 win over Seattle-which saw Tennessee squash their opponents' run game to the tune of just 168 rushing yards combined. The defense forced a stop, and kicker Harrison Butker hit the right upright on a 48-yard field goal attempt. Cyprien dove to break up a short pass on 2nd and 9, and then on 4th and 9, he broke up a deep pass to WR Albert Wilson by laying a hit on him as the ball arrived.

Just as important as firing up their run game will be stopping Kansas's City's dynamic backfield, which includes the NFL's top rusher in Kareem Hunt.


Henry had a career-high 132 rushing yards and a score on 21 carries, essentially icing the game with a 22-yard run after a tremendous block by Mariota to spring him for the first down.

The win was the organization's first playoff win since 2003. The crowd went wild as fireworks popped over Arrowhead Stadium - until replays showed that Henry was down.

The Titans will now face either the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers next week in the AFC Divisional Round.



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