Mularkey hopes the Titans remain loose and confident heading into Kansas City. Wesley Woodyard and Kevin Byard will likely draw the assignment, the team's two leading tacklers, and keep an eye on potential big plays from Byard whose eight interceptions ties the league high.
So Hunt was in for just five plays, one being his 35-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Kansas City bid farewell to legendary running back Jamaal Charles this offseason, and it was unclear who would step up in his absence. A terrific effort by their defense, mixed with a 66-yard touchdown on a screen pass from Marcus Mariota to Derrick Henry and a big game from punter Brett Kern, gave them a 15-10 decision and entry into the playoffs. "I don't know if that made it better, but it's a good feeling". There will be no DeMarco Murray (knee) and perhaps no Quinton Spain.More news: FA Cup match report Manchester United v Derby County 05 January 2018
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The Chiefs can go back to their regular rotation against the Titans, with Kareem Hunt getting most of the work and West playing on third downs and other select situations and even Spiller perhaps getting some work. This weekend will be an opportunity for the Chiefs to show that things are different now. Erik Walden and Logan Ryan will be key leaders for the Titans, both with double-digit playoff appearances and a Super Bowl ring. They'll need to take care of Tennessee deficiencies and utilize their own offensive weapons and potential mismatches to finally send the Arrowhead faithful home happy in the postseason.
Kickoff is set for 4:20 p.m. and the game will be televised on WATE 6 On Your Side.