The Tennessee Titans are one game away from reaching their second-ever Super Bowl appearance. Can they upset the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship?
The Tennessee Titans are in the midst of an incredible postseason run. They have won two playoff games on the road over the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens to reach the AFC Championship. If they get it done vs. the Kansas City Chiefs, they will be making their second trip to the Super Bowl in franchise history. Are the Titans ready to play spoiler again vs. Kansas City?
On this week’s episode of Stacking the Box, FanSided‘s Matt Verderame and Josh Hill, along with former NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz, look at what the Titans are up against in the Chiefs and decide if they have what it takes to be AFC Champions for the first time since the 1999 NFL season (21:00).
Schwartz, who played for the Chiefs before and his younger brother Mitchell Schwartz is the star right tackle for Kansas City, does think it’s totally in play that the Titans can upset the Chiefs and get to the Super Bowl. He loves their defense and believes Tennessee’s momentum is a real thing, as the team is playing with tremendous confidence right now.
That being said, this could be a game where the Titans have no answers for Patrick Mahomes and they could lose in a blowout. Getting into a shootout is the worst thing possible for the Titans, as Ryan Tannehill isn’t going to be able to hang with Mahomes in an all-out aerial assault. However, Tennessee is not just a tough matchup for the Chiefs, but for Kansas City head coach Andy Reid.
Since becoming the head coach of the 1999 Philadelphia Eagles, Reid is 1-8 vs. the Titans all time. The only win he has had over Tennessee in his coaching career was when Schwartz played on the offensive line for him in his first season in Kansas City in 2013. It’s a strange anomaly, but one that will be talked about a ton in the lead-up to this game, as well as Reid’s other playoff struggles.
Reid has made it to six conference championship games but has only reached one Super Bowl, a game he lost by a field goal to the New England Patriots all the way back in the 2004 NFL season. Tennessee may not be favored to beat the Chiefs, but the Titans certainly have the roster and the necessary momentum to give them at least a puncher’s chance in Arrowhead on Sunday.
Here are a few other topics discussed on this week’s episode of Stacking the Box:
- Verderame talks about his experience of the game (5:15)
- Texans’ coaching cost them the game (6:14)
- Thoughts on Vikings, Seahawks (24:17)
- Another coach will jump from NCAA to NFL in 2021. In or out? (45:11)
All this and more!