29 degrees, clear skies
Key Coaching Decision #1 (KC leads 14-3 / 2nd & 18 KC 13 / 1:40 Q2):
- TE Travis Kelce caught a crossing route and received a hit that appeared to jar the ball loose at the 24-yard line. Titans Head Coach Mike Mularkey does not elect to call timeout, which possibly could have created a booth review that could have resulted in a turnover.
Key Coaching Decision #2 (TEN trails 21-16 / 2-PT CONV KC 2 / 14:08 Q4):
- Having just scored a touchdown to make it a one score game, Tennessee elected to go for 2 in order to try to bring the game to within three points. Had they kicked the extra point, an additional touchdown would have put them up by three, which would have offered them more security through the end of the game.
- In the first half, Kansas City did a nice job of adjusting to Tennessee’s exotic blitz packages by taking advantage of favorable 1-on-1 matchups, specifically situations with a linebacker covering Travis Kelce, any type of single coverage on Tyreek Hill, and first year Titan’s cornerback Adoree’ Jackson in 1-on-1 coverage.
- Tennessee did a nice job of countering Kansas City’s spread offense by sending a variety of pressures. This included a number of slot blitzes, as well as disguises that showed anywhere from 1-3 down defensive lineman with pressure coming from linebackers and the slot at the snap. This, as well as the 2nd half shutout pitched by Tennessee, is a credit to their game planning and in-game adjustments.
- Kansas City was charged with 12 men on the field on Tennessee’s final scoring drive at 3:01 Q2, lowering their play calling score for the miscommunication on a crucial drive.
- Tennessee converted two major 3rd & 3’s on their final scoring drive of the game by keying coverage off of Kansas City linebacker Justin Houston, each time completing to a tight end on a short route in his area. This was a credit to Tennessee’s play calling and use of personnel.
- Kansas City failed to make the adjustment of stacking the box and setting the edge to slow down Titans running back Derrick Henry, and this was costly, especially on the final drive of the game that saw Derrick Henry pick up a crucial 1st down to seal the Tennessee victory.