Chiefs vs Titans: The Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs will battle it out in an intriguing clash of styles in Sunday’s 2020 AFC Championship game. Kick-off at Arrowhead Stadium is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. ET, and CBS will provide full coverage.
Two years on since one of the most calamitous implosions in the history of the NFL playoffs, the Kansas City Chiefs come across the Tennessee Titans in the postseason again.
In 2018, the Chiefs led the Titans 21-3 at halftime, but failed to score in the second half as Tennessee scored 19 unanswered points to stun the crowd at Arrowhead and clinch a spot in the divisional round.
Two years on, the Chiefs again play the role of the host as they welcome the Titans on Sunday afternoon, but the stakes are even higher than in 2018 as a spot in Super Bowl LIV is on the line.
Kansas City has not reached the Super Bowl since it lifted the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl IV but has become the first team along with the New England Patriots to host the AFC Championship in consecutive seasons since 2000.
A year ago, the Chiefs lost at home to the Patriots in overtime, as New England went on to win a sixth Super Bowl title since the turn of the millennium. The defeat was Andy Reid’s fifth in eighth postseason games in charge of Kansas City and did nothing to dispel his reputation for going missing when it matters, despite the fact he ranks sixth in the all-time list for most wins in coaching history.
On Sunday, Reid will make his seventh Conference Championship appearance as head coach, the third-most for a NFL head coach since 1970. He has lost five of his previous six trips to the Conference Championship and his players are determined to avoid further disappointment.
“It would be amazing, obviously,” Patrick Mahomes said earlier this week of the chance of reaching the Super Bowl.
“I’d probably be happier for him [Reid], for sure. But I think I [would] be pretty happy, too, for myself.”
Tight end Travis Kelce echoed his teammate’s thoughts: “Just getting him there isn’t the goal,” he said of Reid. “Winning this thing for him is. I’ll leave it at that.”
While the Chiefs return to the AFC Championship Game for the second time in 12 months, the Titans are the first six seed to reach the Conference Championship since the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers in 2010.
In its bid to reach the Super Bowl for the first time since 1999, the Titans have knocked off the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens over the last two weeks.
Despite playing at home, neither the defending champions nor the team that had finished the regular season with the best record in the NFL had an answer for Titans’ running back Derrick Henry.
The NFL leading rusher has been in devastating form in the playoffs, rushing for 182 yards in the win over the Patriots and racking up 195 yards on the ground against the Ravens.
When the Titans beat the Chiefs 35-32 in Week 10, Henry rushed for 188 yards and Kansas City will need to limit his influence on Sunday. The Chiefs are 4-4 when allowing over 110 rushing yards this season, but 9-0 when allowing 110 or fewer.
If the Titans will rely Henry, who’s become the first player in NFL history to rush for 180 or more yards in three straight games, and the running game, Kansas City’s threat will come through the air. Down 24-0 against the Houston Texans last week, Reid’s team scored on the next seventh consecutive drives, with Mahomes throwing four touchdown passes in the second half alone.
Here’s all you need to know ahead of Sunday.