Chiefs comes at Kansas City
The Tennessee Titans will confront the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship after the Chiefs whipped the Houston Texans 51-31 out of a divisional season finisher game Sunday.
Kansas City tied with New England for the second-best record in the AFC at 12-4 and earned the No. 2 seed for the end of the season games. It’s the most elevated residual seed on the AFC side after Tennessee wiped out No. 1 Baltimore 28-12 on Saturday.
It will be the second postseason experience in three years between two of the first AFL establishments, just this time the stakes will be higher. Tennessee won 22-21 at Kansas City in a 2017 special case game.
Here are a few things to think about the last group that stands between the Titans and Super Bowl LIV:
Second time around: The Titans and Chiefs met during the normal season, and Tennessee’s walk to the end of the season games started decisively that day. A 35-32 triumph Nov. 10 at Nissan Stadium was the beginning of a four-match dominate streak and the first of four in which the Titans’ scored 35 focuses or more. That exertion incorporated a bobble return for a touchdown by linebacker Rashaan Evans.
That is the uplifting news. Houston and Kansas City met during the customary season also. The Texans won that one 31-24, which was not actually a see of what was to come in Sunday’s divisional season finisher matchup.
Max throttle into halftime: The main quarter was an essential territory of worry for the Titans against New England and Baltimore, the two of which were quick starters during the ordinary season. For each situation, Tennessee was ahead toward the finish of the initial 15 minutes.
With Kansas City, the subsequent quarter is an ideal opportunity to be on full caution. The Chiefs arrived at the midpoint of an association high 11.1 focuses per game in the second quarter during the ordinary season and outscored their adversaries by a normal of 6.9 focuses per game in that period. Their 177 focuses scored in the second were the most by any group in any quarter in 2019.
Houston discovered the most difficult way possible Sunday exactly how great Kansas City around then of the game. The Texans drove 21-0 after the first yet trailed 28-24 at halftime.
Air it out: Of the NFL’s 12 season finisher groups, just three endeavored more goes during the customary season that Kansas City with 576, and no season finisher group ran it less frequently than the Chiefs, who did so multiple times.
K.C. might have tossed it significantly more than it did had quarterback Patrick Mahomes not missed two games in October with damage. Mahomes’ first game back was the misfortune to the Titans, and they endeavored a season-high 50 goes in that one.
Run over: Of the NFL’s 12 season finisher groups, Kansas City was the most noticeably terrible when it reached halting the run. Rivals found the middle value of 128.2 surging yards per game and 4.9 yards per convey. Six distinct backs scrambled for superior to anything 100 yards against the Chiefs yet none fared superior to anything Derrick Henry (imagined), who scrambled for 188 yards and two touchdowns on only 23 endeavors in the November matchup.
His 68-yard touchdown run in the second from last quarter was the longest surging play Kansas City permitted and the longest scoring play against its protection all season.
Been quite a while: The Chiefs won Super Bowl IV following the 1969 season yet have not been returned to the major event since. This will be only their third appearance in the meeting title game from that point forward, however their subsequent straight.
Kansas City lost to New England 37-31 with a Super Bowl billet in question a year ago. Its solitary other AFC Championship appearance was in 1993.
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