Suc­cop’s 53-yard FG pro­pels Ten­nessee

TI­TANS 19, CHIEFS 17

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Dave Skretta

kansas city, mo.» Ryan Suc­cop kicked a 53yard field goal into the wind as time ex­pired Sun­day to give the Ten­nessee Ti­tans a 19-17 vic­tory over the Kansas City Chiefs on a frigid af­ter­noon at Ar­row­head Sta­dium.

Suc­cop, who spent the first part of his ca­reer with Kansas City, came up short on his first try at the win­ner, but Chiefs coach Andy Reid had called a time­out just be­fore the snap. Given a sec­ond chance, Suc­cop knocked it through with a cou­ple feet to spare.

“Kind of back­fired,” Reid said.

The Ti­tans’ ral­lied from a 17-7 hole, and Der­rick Henry’s sec­ond touch­down got Ten­nessee (8-6) within 1716 with just over three min­utes left. But Ti­tans coach Mike Mu­larkey went for the 2-point con­ver­sion and the lead. Mar­cus Mar­i­ota was pres­sured im­me­di­ately and his pass never reached the end zone.

But the Chiefs (10-4), try­ing to clinch a play­off spot, were un­able to pick up enough first downs to run out the clock and Ten­nessee got the ball back with a minute left. With no time­outs, Mar­i­ota calmly found Rishard Matthews for 19 yards and De­lanie Walker twice to set up Suc­cop’s field-goal at­tempt.

The dra­matic late-game turn came af­ter Ten­nessee squan­dered plenty of chances early in the game.

Matthews fum­bled within sight of the goal line in the first half, end­ing the Ti­tans’ streak of four straight games with­out a turnover. And Mar­i­ota, a Hawaii na­tive, had plenty of trou­ble deal­ing with the cold weather, fum­bling the ball away and throw­ing an in­ter­cep­tion to Ron Parker.

It was 1 de­gree at kick­off at Ar­row­head Sta­dium, mak­ing it the cold­est game in Kansas City since the fran­chise be­gan keep­ing records in 1994.

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