clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Holder penalty saves Titans, leads to stunning upset of Chiefs

This game went on TILT!

Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker kicks a field goal as punter Dustin Colquitt holds the ball in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

What a finish in Nashville!

The Kansas City Chiefs led 32-27 and were attempting a field goal to take an eight-point lead and just about ice the game. Instead, this happened:

A bad hold resulted in Dustin Colquitt flinging the ball away to avoid getting killed by the Titans. Unfortunately, it was ruled intentional grounding, which is a loss of downs penalty. The Titans took over and Ryan Tannehill made magic happen. He scrambled for 18 yards, completed a 20-yard pass and then found Adam Humphries for 23 yards and a touchdown. He called his own number on the successful two-point attempt.

The Chiefs got the ball back with 23 seconds and moved into field goal range but the Titans blocked the field goal to secure the 35-32 win.

It was an exhausting close to the game, and an insane change of fortunes for sports bettors. If you had the Chiefs -6, you figured they’d convert the field goal and get the late cover. If you had the Chiefs money line, you figured you at least had secured the bag in that result. Instead, everything went on tilt for Chiefs backers, and it came up roses for Titans backers.

What a finish.