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Winning plays: Marcus Mariota leads Titans to playoff glory

Marcus Mariota pulls off first career playoff touchdown pass — to none other than himself

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When it mattered most, Marcus Mariota delivered. 

For the second game in a row, Mariota had some head-scratching moments for the Tennessee Titans. He found Corey Davis on a wide-open throw in the red zone and on numerous occasions, refused to scramble to extend plays at key moments.

But for the second game in a row, Mariota made winning plays to give his team a win, and no other moment was bigger than his fourth quarter block to allow running back Derrick Henry to gain a first down and put the game on ice.

The Titans defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 22-21, but the final box score doesn’t tell the whole story. The Titans struggled to get anything going on offense through the first half, trailing 21-3. In the third quarter, Mariota threw a pass in the red zone as he tiptoed the line of scrimmage - a bad throw that was batted down by the Chiefs defense.

What should’ve been an incompletion became Marcus Mariota’s first career playoff touchdown pass, to none other than himself.

Call it a fluke, call it a heads-up play; just make sure to call it a touchdown.

As the Chiefs struggled to get any traction on offense in the second half, Mariota rallied his teammates and marched down the field on numerous occasions to reduce the deficit.

To the surprise of everyone in attendance at Arrowhead Stadium, the Titans took the lead in the fourth thanks to a Mariota touchdown pass to Eric Decker.

Stunned, the Chiefs tried to battle back but ended up giving the ball back to the Titans. Henry carried the rock for the Titans to run out the clock, but looked like he was going to get stuffed as he danced along the sideline by a Chiefs defender.

The play looked to be dead in the backfield until Mariota saved the day, and his fans and teammates celebrated their quarterback’s extra effort.

The former Heisman Trophy winner finished with 206 passing yards, two touchdowns and an interception, although the box score really doesn't do his performance justice. 

Mariota and the Titans will have to wait until the end of tomorrow’s game between the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Buffalo Bills to find out who they will play in the Divisional Round, but the team will savor the victory in the meantime.

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