What to watch out for when the chiefs fight the titans at 3:05 p.m. EST Sunday in the AFC championship.
Chiefs TE Travis Kelce vs. Titans S Kevin Byard (and others)
Kelce has completed a game with three touchdowns, highlighting how much Mahomes is waiting for him out of his own pocket. He receives an average of 79.9 yards per career playoff game. This is the best result after a close end (at least five games) in the Super Bowl era.
The Titans allowed 80 catches for 916 yards and nine touchdowns to opposing tight ends during the regular season (only the Cardinals and Browns gave up more TDs). In three career meetings, Kelce has 13 catches for 165 yards and a touchdown because it causes the same problems for every defense: it's too fast for linebackers and too strong for slot defensive backs.
"He has the personal touch on many routes," said Vrabel, a former NFL linebacker. "On every track he drives, there will be something that probably looks a little different from most narrow ends."
Reid's records: This is the seventh conference championship game for head coach Andy Reid, who was 1-4 with the Eagles and 0-1 with the bosses.
Three of these title losses have arrived at home – two with the Eagles (with the Buccaneers and Panthers) and last year with the Chiefs (with the Patriots). His only win was a home win for his eagles against the falcons after the 2004 season.
He has 13 playoff wins – the sixth of all games with Mike Holmgren, behind Bill Belichick, Tom Landry, Don Shula, Joe Gibbs and Chuck Noll. Each of these five big names won several Super Bowls and Holmgren has one. Reid, who has 14 playoff losses, is looking for his first.
"Every time you take a step up in the playoffs … it's an order of magnitude larger," said Reid, who is against Titans 1-8.
Who is greg joseph Joseph is the kicker of the titans. Never heard of him? You're excused.
Joseph, who signed on December 18 after Ryan Succop went into the injured reserve, hasn't scored a field goal in four games, including two playoff victories. During this time, the titans 11v11 are able to turn red zone trips into touchdowns. The Titan recently scored a Succop field goal six games ago.
"There is great confidence that once we are there we will find a way to play a piece."
Unlikely record holder: Most touchdowns in the history of the Chiefs Playoffs? No Hall of Famer like Marcus Allen or Tony Gonzalez, but Damien Williams, who only became a starter last season.
Williams has seven career playoff touchdowns – all in the last three playoff games, including three-point games against the Patriots and Texans – to set the record. He has four on the ground and three in the air.
Williams is a sixth-year professional who has spent four years with the Dolphins and was a reinforcement for Kareem Hunt (cut off after an attack) and others at the start of last season.
Ability of No. 6: The Titans are the sixth No. 6 to have reached a conference championship game since the 1990 playoffs expanded to six AFC and six NFC teams. None of the previous five have lost the Super Bowl.
It is either just before reaching the Super Bowl, like the 2010 Jets, 2008 Ravens and 2008 Eagles. Or win the Lombardi Trophy like the Steelers 2005 and the Packers 2010.
Somehow the Chiefs caught up 24-0 at half-time last week against the equally sloppy Texans. No such gifts come from the titans who try to shorten the game by any means (watch manipulation) once they have a head start no matter how early in the game. The chiefs have to play from the front to force the titans out of their element – and they will.
Chiefs 35, Titans 21