1. Week 10 vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Entertainment Factor: 9/10
Season Importance: 9/10
I don’t think it’s dramatic or hyperbolic at all to say that this was the greatest game ever played in NFL history. Probably in the entire history of sports, actually.
Similar to the Chargers game in Week 7, the Titans entered their matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs with postseason hopes on the line. Tennessee sat at 4-5 heading into Week 10, a win would push them up to .500 for the first time since Week 4, while a loss would be a crippling blow to any playoff dreams. Like I mentioned, similar to the Chargers game. The only difference being– this game was against one of the best teams in football, and probably the best player in football as well.
Being the bitter, disheartened fan I was back in Week 10, I was writing this one off as a loss before either team even took the field. The fact that this game was even close going into the fourth quarter felt like a win in and of itself. That, and the fact that we had some solid highlights to go along with the strong team performance. Rashaan Evans’ 53-yard scoop and score, Tannehill’s play-action bomb to Kalif Raymond in the second quarter, and Derrick Henry’s dominant 68-yard touchdown run all made this a fun game before the fourth quarter even began.
But all those moments feel forgotten when compared to the one that sealed the game for Tennessee– a last-second blocked field goal, courtesy of Joshua Kalu, who became an instant Titans legend for that one play alone. That block sent the Chiefs home, three points short of sending the game into overtime.
Exciting defensive plays, explosive offense on both sides, and a shining moment on special teams made this a game that I still think about regularly– months after it actually happened.