Titans Six Pack: Things that Stood Out in Win Over Chiefs


NASHVILLE, Tenn. —Here's a look at six things that stood out from Sunday's 19-17 win over the Chiefs.


Succop's poise**

I can't lie: After watching kicker Ryan Succop's first field goal attempt fall short on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, I wasn't sure he could get it there from 53 yards out on his second try. Not on a day when the temperature never left single digits. Succop admitted as much on his second try. But Succop calmly took a few practice swings – just like he does on the golf course – after the Chiefs tried to ice him, and he booted it over the crossbar. The kick ranks up there with some of the most memorable ones in team history.


Henry's a load**

Rookie running back Derrick Henry also rose to the occasion on Sunday, delivering a punch when the Titans needed it. Henry ran for 58 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries, and he racked up 41 yards during a critical drive when the Titans cut the lead to 14-7 with his bruising four-yard TD run. Henry also added a one-yard touchdown late in the game. He's a nice horse to have in the stable.

But Murray's also clutch

Of course the mention of Henry leads to questions from some about why he's not playing more, and I get it. When he got revved up Sunday, I would've been tempted to ride him. But veteran running back DeMarco Murray was a workhorse himself on a cold day, and he was clutch when it mattered. Murray ran for 89 yards on 18 carries, but his biggest play of the game came when he caught a 15-yard pass from quarterback Marcus Mariota to set up a late touchdown.  It was huge.


Mularkey has guts**

Go ahead and question coach Mike Mularkey's decision to go for two after the late touchdown. I get it. It's fair. But the bottom line is the Titans won, and Mularkey earned even more cred in the locker room as a result of it. Mularkey has proven he's willing to be aggressive, and players love it. It's one of the reasons the team is a surprising 8-6. If the Titans had kicked the extra point to make it 17-17, the Chiefs would've treated the following possession differently. They would've played for the win, not to run out the clock. The Titans stopped them, got the ball back, and won. There's no doubt about that.


Sims has risen to the occasion**

The Titans rolled the dice a bit when they released veteran cornerback Perrish Cox following the team's hold-on-for-dear-life win at Chicago. As a result, it meant more playing time for rookie cornerback LeShaun Sims. Well, Sims hasn't backed down from the challenge. He had an interception in the end zone on Sunday, and he's been the team's top-rated defensive player in back-to-back wins over the Broncos and Chiefs.


Mariota's poise**

Mariota now has four game-winning drives to his name after making quick work of the team's final possession on Sunday. The Titans got the ball at their own 25-yard line, down 17-16 with 1:07 left, with no time outs. Six plays later, following a 19-yard completion to Rishard Matthews and a pair of completions to tight end Delanie Walker, the Titans were in field goal range. Mariota was cool under pressure, once again.

The Tennessee Titans take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 15 action at Arrowhead Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)