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Titans rally, spoil Mahomes' return beating Chiefs 35-32

Sun Nov 10 4:29pm ET
By TERESA M. WALKER
AP Pro Football Writer

Players: Ryan Tannehill, Travis Kelce, Adam Humphries, Damien Williams, Derrick Henry, Harrison Butker, Patrick Mahomes, Mecole Hardman

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) celebrates after scoring a 2-point conversion against the Kansas City Chiefs in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. The Titans won 35-32. (AP Photo/James Kenney)


Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry celebrates after scoring a touchdown on a 68-yard run against the Kansas City Chiefs in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/James Kenney)


Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) celebrates with fans after scoring a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)


Tennessee Titans inside linebacker Rashaan Evans (54) celebrates with Kevin Byard (31) after Evans ran back a fumble 53 yards for a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/James Kenney)


Kansas City Chiefs offensive guard Martinas Rankin is taken off the field after being injured in the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/James Kenney)


Tennessee Titans tight end Anthony Firkser (86) celebrates with offensive guard Rodger Saffold (76) after Firkser scored a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)


Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) fumbles the ball as he is hit by Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Chris Jones in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. The Chiefs recovered the ball. (AP Photo/James Kenney)


Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)


Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes passes against the Tennessee Titans in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Ryan Tannehill threw a 23-yard touchdown to Adam Humphries with 23 seconds left, and the Tennessee Titans blocked a last-second field goal attempt to beat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-32 to spoil the return of NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes.

The Titans (5-5) only had a chance to take the lead after a bad snap by the Chiefs on Harrison Butker's fifth field goal attempt of the day. The snap caught holder Dustin Colquitt by surprise, and he threw the ball away in desperation for an intentional grounding call, setting the Titans up at their own 39.

Tannehill scrambled for 18, hit Anthony Firsker for 20 yards and then found Humphries who ran in for the TD. Tannehill also ran for the 2-point conversion for a 35-32 lead.

The Chiefs (6-4) had a final chance with Mahomes. He drove them down, setting up Butker for another field goal try from 52 yards.

Joshua Kalu blocked the kick with his left hand, and the Titans poured onto the field to celebrate.

Derrick Henry ran for 188 yards, including a 68-yard TD that put Tennessee up 20-19 with 5:58 left in the third. His 1-yard TD with 6:26 remaining pulled the Titans within 29-27.

Tannehill finished with 181 yards passing and ran for 37 yards for the win.

The loss spoiled the best passing game this season for Mahomes as the Chiefs outgained the Titans 530-371. Mahomes threw for 446 yards and three touchdowns. His best play came with the pocket collapsing around him when he jumped up to throw over the linemen to Mecole Hardman who ran for a 63-yard TD with 11:54 left and a 29-20 lead.

Mahomes looked very healthy playing for the first time since dislocating his right kneecap Oct. 17. He got lucky when his first pass first ruled an interception was overturned by replay for Titans safety Kenny Vaccaro trapping the ball on the ground. Mahomes capped the Chiefs' first drive with a 3-yard shovel pass to Travis Kelce.

The Chiefs sacked Tannehill four times and also forced a fumble but could only turn that into one of Butker's four made field goals.

Tannehill got the Titans going with a 52-yard throw to Kalif Raymond, then he hit Anthony Firkser for a 9-yard TD. Then rookie linebacker David Long forced a fumble by Damien Williams, and linebacker Rashaan Evans picked up the ball, juked away from Mahomes and ran 53 yards for a TD and a 13-10 lead with 6:14 left in the second quarter.

INJURIES

The Chiefs came in with left tackle Eric Fisher still healing up from a groin injury that has kept him out all but the first two games of the season, and right guard Laurent Durvernay-Tardif missing a second game with an ankle. Late in the first half, Kansas City lost an offensive lineman on consecutive plays. First, right tackle Mitchell Schwartz hurt a knee and went to the sideline, snapping the NFL's longest active snap streak at 7,894 snaps. Then Martinas Rankin, who started at right guard, moved over a spot and hurt his right knee on the next play. He was carted to the locker room and did not return.

UP NEXT

Chiefs: Play Chargers in Mexico City on Nov. 18.

Titans: Bye, then host the Jaguars on Nov. 24.

Player Notes
Kenyan Drake Apr 8 7:30pm ET

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