Titans Face Kansas City in First Playoff Game in Nearly a Decade
The Titans are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Despite the post-season drought, history will be on Tennessee’s side in Kansas City.
The Chiefs have not won a home playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium in 24 years.
When you plug into the playoffs.
Said Titans coach Mike Mularkey:”The intensity and everything goes up.”
Said Titans offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie:”You know it’s not just another game.”
Said Titans defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau:”Playoff football you know is a whole other different animal.”
It’s more like a beast the Titans want to tame.
Said Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota:”Want to make some noise and see how far we can take this thing.”
Reporter:”How far do you think you can take this thing?”
Said Mariota:”We’re just going to take it one week at a time.”
Beating the Chiefs in cold KC will not be easy, but it’s a script the Titans have perfected before.
Said Robiskie:”You know we went up to Kansas City last year at this time. It was cold as hell. It was a big game. I think we had to win to try to stay in it, and we ended up pulling it out. We got down by one with a minute left. We kicked a field goal and won the game. That was a big game. It wasn’t a playoff game, but it was a playoff atmosphere.”
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith threw for over 4,000 yards, but the Titans can pressure the quarterback. They’re fifth in the NFL in sacks with 43.
Said Chiefs head coach Andy Reid:”They mix things up. Do a lot of games up-front. Very active. Not the biggest guys, but fast, quick. Great timing on their games, and then they have the blitz package on top of that.”
Kansas City’s defensive game plan is a simple slogan.
Said Chiefs defensive end Chris Jones:”We just stop the run and have some fun. We just stop the run and have some fun. We just stop the run and have some fun. Stopping the run man. We stop the run and takeaways come. They come after you stop the run. You force the team to pass. We’ve got good guys in the backfield that are going to force the turnover.”