While fans of the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers will eagerly await their teams’ meeting in the NFC Championship this evening, the AFC participant in Super Bowl LIV will be decided this afternoon. The Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans meet today in the AFC Championship Game, the second straight season that the contest has taken place at Arrowhead Stadium.
Last year, the Chiefs failed to score in the first half against the New England Patriots, trailing 14-0 at halftime. Kansas City rallied, however, and the two teams traded touchdowns late in the game, combining for 38 points in the fourth quarter before going to overtime. However, the Patriots won, scoring a touchdown on the opening drive as Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes never touched the football in extra time — something Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is all too familiar with.
This year, the Chiefs are a heavy favorite over the sixth-seeded Titans, but Tennessee’s running game has been impossible to stop in the past month. Derrick Henry has run the ball at least 30 times for at least 180 yards in each of his team’s last three games, including playoff wins over the Patriots and Baltimore Ravens. Kansas City will need to find a way to slow Henry down or else simply outscore Tennessee — something Mahomes has been all too happy to do.
Finally, here’s a fun little tidbit: the last time these two teams played in the posteason — two years ago in the Wild Card round — Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota threw a six-yard touchdown pass to himself. Let’s hope we see something equally wacky in this game today.
Tennessee Titans (AFC #6, 9-7) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (AFC #2, 12-4)
Sunday, January 19th, 2019
2:05 PM Central Time (3:05 PM Eastern)
Kansas City, Missouri
TV Broadcast: CBS
Commentators: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson, Jay Feely
Online Streaming: CBSSports.com, Yahoo Sports App, fuboTV, Hulu Live
Radio: Westwood One Sports
Satellite Radio: Sirius 82/83, XM 225/226
Odds: Chiefs -7.5, over/under 52
Last regular season game: Week 10 2019 — @Titans 35, Chiefs 32
Last playoff game: Wild Card 2017 — @Titans 22, Chiefs 21
All-time regular season record: Chiefs lead 27-23-0
All-time playoff record: Chiefs lead 2-1