Sunday's NFL roundup: Titans make good on second try

The Detroit News


Kicker Ryan Succop of the Tennessee Titans celebrates after kicking the game-winning field goal to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs, 19-17, Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

Kansas City, Mo. — Ryan Succop kicked a 53-yard field goal into the wind as time expired to give Tennessee a 19-17 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on a frigid Sunday and keep the Titans tied with Houston atop the AFC South.

Succop, who began his career with Kansas City, came up short on his first try at the winner, but Chiefs coach Andy Reid had called a timeout just before the snap. Given a second chance, Succop knocked it through with a couple feet to spare as the Titans poured off the bench to celebrate.

The Titans (8-6) had rallied from a 17-7 hole, and Derrick Henry’s second touchdown run got them within 17-16 with just over three minutes left. But coach Mike Mularkey went for a two-point conversion and the lead, and Marcus Mariota was pressured and his pass was well off.

The Chiefs (10-4) were unable to pick up a first down to clinch the game, and the Titans got the ball back with a minute left. 

Oakland 19, (at) San Diego 16: Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 44-yard field goal with 2:40 left, and the Raiders clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2002.

Playing before what looked like a home crowd at 70,000-seat Qualcomm Stadium, the visiting Raiders (11-3) earned a playoff nod on the same field where they made their last postseason appearance, an embarrassing 48-21 loss to Tampa Bay in the Super Bowl on Jan. 26, 2003.

There was a surreal atmosphere to the game, which might be the second-to-last game in San Diego for the Chargers (5-9).

(At) Houston 21, Jacksonville 20: Tom Savage threw for 260 yards after Brock Osweiler was benched in the second quarter, and Lamar Miller scored Houston’s only touchdown with less than three minutes left. After the game, the Jaguars fired coach Gus Bradley.

The win was Houston’s 10th straight in the division and left the Texans (8-6) tied with Tennessee for the AFC South lead. But Houston controls its playoff future with a 5-0 mark in the division.

The Jaguars (2-12) took a 20-8 lead when Marqise Lee returned a kickoff 100 yards for a TD. It was their first kick return touchdown since 2007.

(At) Baltimore 27, Philadelphia 26: The Ravens survived a desperate comeback bid by the Eagles, stopping a two-point conversion with 4 seconds left in a win that kept Baltimore in the thick of the playoff hunt. 

Baltimore (8-6) led 27-17 with just over six minutes left when Joe Flacco threw an interception inside the Philadelphia 10 to give the Eagles (5-9) another chance. Rookie Carson Wentz directed a drive that produced a field goal with 2:22 left.

The Eagles got the ball back at their 41 with 1:39 to go and scored. Going for the win, Wentz threw over the middle to tight Jordan Matthews, who couldn’t get his hands on it.

Pittsburgh 24, (at) Cincinnati 20: Chris Boswell tied the franchise record with six field goals, and Ben Roethlisberger threw a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, rallying Pittsburgh to a win that kept the Steelers in control of the AFC North.

The Steelers (9-5) have won five straight and can clinch the division title with a victory at home next Sunday against Baltimore. As a first step, they rallied from a 14-point deficit — kick by kick — and eliminated the defending champions at a place where they’re right at home.

They beat the Bengals (5-8-1) in the opening round of the playoffs, 18-16, last January.

Boswell accounted for Pittsburgh’s first 15 points with kicks from 45, 49, 49, 40, 49 and 30.

(At) Buffalo 33, Cleveland 13: The bumbling Browns are two losses short from becoming the NFL’s second team to go 0-16 in one season, joining the 2008 Lions.

LeSean McCoy had a season-best 153 yards rushing and scored twice, and the Bills kept their slim playoff hopes alive.

The Browns dropped to 0-14, matching the second-worst start to a season set by the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and 1980 New Orleans Saints. 

Despite the win, the Bills (7-7) are in jeopardy of extending the NFL’s longest active playoff drought to 17 seasons.

New England 16, (at) Denver 3: Tom Brady earned a run win for him in Denver, a grinder that dealt a crushing blow to the Broncos’ playoff hopes.

Brady missed his first six passes for just the second time his career, but he came back to lead the Patriots (12-2) to a record eighth consecutive division title and a first-round bye. 

The Broncos (8-6) lost for the third time in four games and were supplanted by the Dolphins for the final playoff spot in the AFC race.

New Orleans 48, (at) Arizona 41: Drew Brees snapped out of a two-game funk to throw for 389 yards and four TDs, leading the Saints in the highest-scoring game this season.

Brandin Cooks caught seven passes for a career-best 186 yards for the Saints (6-8), including touchdown plays of 65 and 45 yards.

David Johnson rushed for 53 yards and caught four passes for 55 yards for Arizona (5-8-1). Johnson, a second-year back, became the first player in NFL history to have at least 100 yards from scrimmage in the first 14 games of a season.

(At) Atlanta 41, San Francisco 13: Devonta Freeman ran for three touchdowns, Matt Ryan passed for two more and the Falcons clinched their first winning season since 2012. 

Atlanta (9-5) began the day tied with Tampa Bay for the NFC South lead.

The 49ers fell to 1-13.