KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Tennessee Titans’ playoff hopes remain alive after a strong second-half performance lifted them to a 26-17 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Titans trailed 14-10 in a sluggish first half, but managed to take the lead with Vince Young’s 41-yard touchdown pass to Roydell Williams. Young pump faked a flanker screen pass, then hit Williams in stride on a deep ball down the sidelines that gave the Titans a 20-17 lead.
From there, the Titans would tack on two more Rob Bironas field goals of 40 and 25 yards to seal the victory and improve to 8-6. Tennessee still trails Cleveland by a game in the wild-card race.
Up nine points with less than six minutes to play, linebacker David Thornton intercepted Brodie Croyle to ice the game for the Titans.
The Titans drove 60 yards in eight plays to take a quick 7-0 lead as quarterback Young found Williams from 16 yards out to cap the drive.
The Chiefs answered back with a touchdown of their own as Croyle hit Sammie Parker from 10 yards out on third-and-goal after Calvin Lowry missed a tackle around the 5-yard line.
Tennessee, 7-6, needed to win to stay in the AFC playoff chase and would be eliminated with a loss and a Cleveland Browns win.
The Titans got a break when Eddie Drummond muffed a Craig Hentrich punt in the second quarter and Vincent Fuller recovered at the Kansas City 21. However, the Titans could muster only two net yards in the drive and had to settle for Rob Bironas’ 37-yard field goal and a 10-7 lead.
The Chiefs took the lead with 1:47 to play in the half when Croyle fired his second TD pass of the game, a swing pass that Kris Wilson caught then lowered his shoulder to drive through Fuller, Cortland Finnegan and Michael Griffin on his way to the end zone.
Fuller injured his shoulder on the play. Nick Harper left the game in the second quarter, limping off the field, but returned to play the second half.
Center Kevin Mawae was also out of the game on Tennessee’s final series of the first half and did not return. Tennessee later lost linebacker Ryan Fowler to a shoulder injury and guard Benji Olson to a leg injury.