For the first time since 1969, the Kansas City Chiefs are headed to the Super Bowl having defeated the plucky, pesky Tennessee Titans on Sunday afternoon by a score of 35-24 in the AFC Championship. Playing at home in front of their loyal fans, they managed to do something that neither the New England Patriots nor the Baltimore Ravens could do- slow down the legs of Derrick Henry.
The running back, who had massacred the aforementioned teams, was held to just 69 yards on the ground, forcing Ryan Tannehill to throw more. While he racked up 209 yards, double the previous two games’ total combined, it was far from enough for the Chiefs to see a path to victory. Pat Mahomes was electric, throwing for 294 yards and three touchdowns and running for 53 and a TD as well. The TD from his feet was spectacular, evading all of the Titans with seconds left in the second quarter as he used both his power and speed to elude them for a 27-yard run that gave them their first lead at 21-17. From there, they never looked back, with Sammy Watkins’ first TD since week 1, a 60 yard bomb, killing the game off in the fourth quarter.