Titans aim to keep run going against Chiefs in AFC title game

Make whatever you want out of Andy Reid’s postseason record.The Kansas City coach may have another reason to stray from typical tactics Sunday when the Chiefs play host to the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game.”Our players, some of them, have won more games against (the Titans) than I have. I’m going to bank on them,” Reid said.Reid was presumably kidding, though he is 1-8 all-time in games he has directed against Tennessee.Then, too, there’s his 3-5 postseason record for the Chiefs. Counting appearances with Philadelphia, he is 1-5 in conference championship games. Also, Kansas City is 0-2 all-time in the AFC Championship Game. It made two Super Bowl appearances representing the AFL and won it all 50 years ago.Ahh, but one distinct weapon Reid and the remainder of the organization banks on could help overcome any negative history. His name is Patrick Mahomes.In the divisional round, the reigning MVP engineered the first playoff comeback in which a team rallied from a 20-plus point deficit to win by 20 as Kansas City ousted the Houston Texans 51-31. Mahomes became the first NFL player to pass for 300-plus yards, rush for 50-plus yards and throw for five touchdowns in a playoff game.And yet the Chiefs quarterback takes every opportunity to credit others, including Reid, who is bidding to become the seventh coach to take two franchises to Super Bowls.”He’s going to dial up the plays where you can take your shots,” Mahomes said.Although tight end Travis Kelce rates as his most frequent target and speedy wideout Tyreek Hill as his most dangerous, Mahomes can spread the ball to numerous teammates. And when those options aren’t available, he becomes a threat to cover open space with his feet.”I feel like nobody in the NFL can guard any of us,” Hill said. “Man-to-man is just easy for us to beat, and if you just allow us to run through zones, it’s even easier.”Though seeded sixth, the Titans seem up for the challenge.They can secure the AFC title by defeating a fourth straight division champion on the road in as many weeks after winning at Houston to end the regular season, then at New England and at Baltimore in the postseason.

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