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AFC Championship

Tennessee at Kansas City

When: 2:05 PM CT, Sunday, January 19, 2020

Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

TV: CBS  Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter), Jay Feely (field reporter) 

RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Tony Boselli, Laura Okmin (field reporter)

SIRIUS: 82 (Ten), 83 (KC) | XM: 226 (Ten), 225 (KC)

LINE: Chiefs -7. O/U: 52.5


     The Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs meet in the postseason for the fourth time. Kansas City won the first two postseason meetings, with Tennessee winning the most recent matchup, a 22-21 victory in the 2017 Wild Card round at Arrowhead Stadium (January 6, 2018).

The Chiefs hold a 29-24 advantage in 53 all-time meetings between the clubs (including the postseason). The teams last played in Week 10 (November 10), with the Titans winning 35-32.


About the Titans

The Titans will play in the franchise’s sixth AFL/AFC Championship Game and Sunday’s contest will mark the team’s first AFC Championship Game since 2002 (January 19, 2003, at Oakland).

Tennessee can become the third team since 1990 to defeat the top three seeds in its respective conference in a single postseason, joining the 2005 Steelers and 2010 Packers. Both teams went on to win the Super Bowl.

MIKE VRABEL is the first Titans head coach to win his first two postseason games since JEFF FISHER in 1999.

Tennessee quarterback RYAN TANNEHILL leads the NFL with a 114.8 passer rating, including postseason, and has won each of his first two career postseason starts. He threw the game-winning 23-yard touchdown pass in their Week 10 meeting.

Titans running back DERRICK HENRY has rushed for 377 yards in two games this postseason and, including his Week 17 performance, is the first player in NFL history with at least 180 rushing yards in three consecutive games. His 195 rushing yards in the Divisional round were a single-game franchise postseason record.

In three career games against Kansas City, including the playoffs, Henry has 402 rushing yards (134 per game) and five rushing touchdowns.

In their Divisional win over Baltimore, defensive tackle JURRELL CASEY became the fifth Titans/Oilers player with multiple sacks in a postseason game since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic.

The Titans had two players selected to the 2020 Pro Bowl: running back DERRICK HENRY and punter BRETT KERN.


About the Chiefs

       Kansas City will play in the team’s sixth AFL/AFC Championship Game and is appearing in the game in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.

ANDY REID makes his seventh Conference Championship appearance as head coach, tied for the third-most by a head coach since 1970.

In their Divisional victory over the Texans, Chiefs quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES became the first player in NFL history with at least 300 passing yards (321), five touchdown passes (five) and 50 rushing yards (53) in a single postseason game. Mahomes leads the NFL with 84 touchdown passes since 2018, including postseason.

Chiefs running back DAMIEN WILLIAMS had three touchdowns last week, becoming the fourth player since 1950 with multiple postseason games with at least three touchdowns. Williams has eight career postseason touchdowns and seven with Kansas City, the most in franchise history.

Tight end TRAVIS KELCE had a career-high three touchdown receptions in the Divisional round, becoming the third tight end in the Super Bowl era with three touchdown receptions in a single postseason game. In the regular season, Kelce led all tight ends with 1,229 receiving yards, becoming the first tight end in NFL history with at least 1,000 receiving yards in four consecutive seasons.

In their Week 12 meeting, Kansas City wide receiver TYREEK HILL had 11 catches for 157 yards and a touchdown.

Last week, Chiefs defensive end FRANK CLARK became the first Chiefs player since 1982 with three sacks in a postseason game.

The Chiefs had six players selected to the 2020 Pro Bowl: defensive end FRANK CLARK, return specialist MECOLE HARDMAN, wide receiver TYREEK HILL, defensive tackle CHRIS JONES, tight end TRAVIS KELCE and quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES.


TITANS NOTES

• QB RYAN TANNEHILL had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 109.5 rating last week & improved to 2-0 in postseason career as starter. Passed for 2,742 yards with 22 TDs vs. 6 INTs in 12 regular-season games in 2019 & set career highs in comp. pct. (70.3) & league-high rating (117.5), 4th-highest rating in single season among qualified passers in NFL history. Passed for 181 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 133.9 rating in Week 10 meeting.

• RB DERRICK HENRY rushed for 195 yards & passed for TD last week, becoming 1st player since 1950 with 180+ rush yards in 3 consec. games. Has 561 rush yards in 4 career postseason games, most in SB era by player in 1st 4 postseason games. Led NFL with career-high 1,540 rush yards in 2019 & tied for league lead with career-high 16 rush TDs. Rushed for 188 yards & 2 TDs in Week 10 meeting. Has 402 rush yards (134 per game) & 5 rush TDs in 3 career games vs. KC, incl. playoffs.

• WR A.J. BROWN led all rookies with 1,051 rec. yards & tied for lead with 8 TD catches in 2019. WR COREY DAVIS had TD catch last week & has 3 rec. TDs in 4 career postseason games. WR KALIF RAYMOND & TE JONNU SMITH each had 1st-career postseason rec. TDs last week.

• CB LOGAN RYAN led team with 13 tackles & had PD last week. S KEVIN BYARD had 11 tackles & INT in Divisional round. S KENNY VACCARO had 1st-career postseason INT last week. DT JURRELL CASEY had 2 sacks & FF in Divisional round.


CHIEFS NOTES

• QB PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 321 yards with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 134.6 rating & rushed for 53 yards last week, becoming 1st player in NFL history with 300+ pass yards, 5+ TD passes & 50+ rush yards in single postseason game. Has 9 TDs (8 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 113.2 rating in 3 career postseason games, highest career postseason rating since 1950 (min. 100 attempts.). Passed for 446 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 119.2 rating in Week 10 meeting.

• RB DAMIEN WILLIAMS had 68 scrim. yards (47 rush, 21 rec.) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) last week, 4th player since 1950 with 2+ career postseason games with 3+ TDs. Has 8 career postseason TDs (4 rush, 4 rec.) & 7 with KC, most in fran. history. Aims for 4th in row in postseason with rush TD. Had 109 scrim. yards (77 rush, 32 rec.) in Week 10 meeting.

• TE TRAVIS KELCE led team with 10 catches for 134 yards & career-high 3 TDs last week, becoming 3rd TE in SB era with 3 rec. TDs in single postseason game. Aims for 3rd in row in postseason with TD catch. Had rec. TD in Week 10 meeting. WR TYREEK HILL had season-high 11 catches for 157 yards & TD in Week 10 meeting. TE BLAKE BELL had 1st-career TD catch last week.

• DE FRANK CLARK had career-high 3 sacks last week, becoming 1st KC player with 3 sacks in postseason game since 1982. DT CHRIS JONES had 2 sacks & FF in Week 10 meeting. S TYRANN MATHIEU had 2 PD in Divisional round.


Check back later for a complete preview analysis.


Postseason Player Pay

Wildcard Loser: $28,000

Wildcard Winner: $31,000

Divisional Playoff: $31,000

Conf. Championship: $56,000

Super Bowl Loser:  $62,000

Super Bowl Winner: $124,000

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