Titans' Marcus Mariota catches own deflected pass for touchdown

Tricia Pearson
January 7, 2018

The Titans ran it with Henry, who had nowhere to go inside, bounced it outside, got a lead block from Mariota, of all people, and sprinted 22 yards for the game-clinching first down.

Marcus Mariota sparked the comeback by getting Tennessee its first touchdown after catching his own deflected pass in the third quarter to reduce the deficit to 21-10. The Titans went for two, and safety Daniel Sorensen had ahold of Marcus Mariota as he scrambled.

But once the Titans defeated the Jaguars 15-10 to snap a three-game losing streak, secure a second consecutive winning season and the franchise's first playoff berth in almost a decade, Mularkey imagined he's return for the final season of his three-year contract, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation.

Rolling to the left away from pressure, Mariota threw into the end zone right at the line of scrimmage.

But the Titans squandered a chance to chop into the lead midway through the second quarter, when Mariota was intercepted by Marcus Peters at the 9 on a pass intended for Delanie Walker.

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The Chiefs lead the game 21-3 at halftime, but the Titans roared back and ultimately got the win.

Henry started for the second consecutive game in place of DeMarco Murray, who is sidelined by a knee injury. If the Buffalo Bills beat the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Titans will play it Pittsburgh. The drive stalling gave the Chiefs the ball back with a little under two minutes left. On the next possession, Alex Smith hit tight end Travis Kelce for a 13-yard score.

"I just wanted to have a better performance than I had last week", said Henry, who averaged just 1.8 yards per carry in the season finale. Their helmets also collided and Kelce appeared to be dazed when he got to his feet. Henry finished with 156 yards on 23 carries. The crowd went wild as fireworks popped over Arrowhead Stadium - until replays showed that Henry was down.

The Titans notched their first playoff victory in 14 years, stunning the Chiefs in Kansas City in the American Football Conference first-round clash. The Jaguars locked up their first AFC South title when the Titans lost to the Rams.

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