After dethroning the mighty Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the American Football Conference (AFC) Wildcard game, the Tennessee Titans took out the league’s best regular season football team when they shocked the Baltimore Ravens 28-12 in the Divisional Playoffs over the weekend.
The AFC Championship Game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Titans are one win away from the Super Bowl.
I don’t think many people would have believed this would happen after week six after the Titans were shutout 16-0 by the Denver Broncos to drop to 2-4 on the season. The Titans have gone 9-3 since then including a 35-32 win over the Chiefs in week 10.
Every year there is usually one team that peaks at the right time and at the moment, that team is the Titans. Almost every football “expert” picked the Ravens to takeout the Titans. Much was said and written about how they would be unable to contain Ravens’ quarterback Lamar Jackson. Now that we are Monday Morning quarterbacking, we can see now that they did a pretty good job with that.
So can the Titans beat the Chiefs in Kansas City on Sunday or will their Cinderella season turn into a pumpkin at Arrowhead Stadium?
After that Titans finished off the Ravens, I thought that the Titans would do better playing the Chiefs than they would the Texans. The Titans have exceeded all expectations while the Chiefs are anxious not to let another chance to advance to their first Super Bowl since 1969 to slip away from them. I think that the pressure is on the Chiefs not to choke. Last year they lost to the Patriots at home in overtime in the AFC Championship. In 2017 they were upset by the Titans 22-21 in the wildcard game. They were beaten by the Pittsburgh Steelers 18-16 at home in the 2016 playoffs.
Another interesting stat….the Titans have beaten the Chiefs in their last four meetings. Three of the four Titan wins were in Kansas City.
The Titans weren’t supposed to be here. Kansas City expected to be here.
For the Titans to win yet another unthinkable game, they will need quarterback Ryan Tanneyhill to get it done. You can expect that the Chiefs will have a scheme to stop Titans’ running back Derrick Henry who has demolished opponents in the playoffs and force Tanneyhill to beat them.
So how will these Titans be remembered? Will they be the team that got on a roll only to fall in a disappointing loss to Kansas City or will they continue their unbelievable run and represent the AFC in the SuperBowl?
Not that it has anything to do with this year’s team but in their history, the Titans have played in four AFC Championship games in 1978, 1979 (at the Houston Oilers) and 1999, 2002. They are 1-3 in AFC title games winning in 1999 in their first season in Nashville.
I am hopeful that the Titans will upset the Chiefs to advance to the Super Bowl in Miami but – putting my emotional feelings aside – I fear that the Titans will be remembered in losing to the Chiefs this Sunday.