There will be plenty of playoff demons to exorcise for both teams in the frigid air of Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday as postseason success has eluded both of these teams for quite some time. On Saturday, Alex Smith, the NFL’s leader in passer rating (104.7), will take the field to help his Chiefs win their first home playoff game in 24 years — or, for reference, since Mariah Carey’s “Hero” was topping the Hot 100 and Marcus Mariota was a two-month old baby.This is the first playoff game for Tennessee since 2008, while Kansas City is just 1-9 over its last 10 postseason contests dating back to 1994. Smith has been one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL this year, just completing his first 4,000-yard season to go along with 26 touchdowns and only five interceptions — all while averaging eight yards per pass attempt, second to only Drew Brees (8.1). With Smith and his primary weapons well rested, the Titans are going to need a brilliant defensive effort to stop one of the league’s most efficient offenses — something they’ve struggled with this season, mightily.The Titans will need a lot more from Henry than they got a week ago if they hope to upset Kansas City in Arrowhead. Being honest about the Titans' D Let’s give credit where credit is due to Tennessee’s defense.Typically, winning a home game against a Blake Bortles-led offense isn’t too much to brag about.
Like the one he made with his legs and instinct to send the Titans to the playoffs – escaping a collapsing pocket, giving Jacksonville’s Barry Church a cold stiff-arm, and sliding for a first down with two minutes left while nursing a five-point lead last week.
But holding any NFL offense without a touchdown for an entire game is quite the feat, no matter who the opposing team’s quarterback is, and especially when your playoffs hopes are on the line.
But a quick look at the Titans’ schedule reveals a significant, perhaps fatal flaw.
Entering December, the Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs were a pair of AFC teams heading in different directions.
The Titans at 8-4 looked poised to win their first AFC South title in a decade, while the Chiefs were trying to snap a four-game skid, fighting for their playoff hopes.