But once the Titans defeated the Jaguars 15-10 to snap a three-game losing streak, secure a second consecutive winning season and the franchise's first playoff berth in almost a decade, Mularkey imagined he's return for the final season of his three-year contract, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation.
All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce is out for the rest of the Chiefs' playoff game against the Titans after sustaining a concussion late in the first half.
Alex Smith was 19 of 23 for 231 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the half.
Marcus Mariota threw a touchdown pass to himself in the Titans' playoff game against Kansas City. The Titans went for two, and safety Daniel Sorensen had ahold of Marcus Mariota as he scrambled.
The Titans wouldn't be in the post-season if not for their fourth-ranked run defence this season.
Mariota improved to 2-14 in his career when trailing by 14 or more points, per ESPN Stats & Information, with both victories coming in Kansas City.
Marcus Mariota had to be his own receiver to get the Tennessee Titans their first touchdown on Saturday.
The last player to catch a touchdown catch from himself was former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brad Johnson in 1997, according to National Football League research. The Chiefs didn't score off either mistake.
The Chiefs' win streak is over and the long home playoff win drought continues thanks to a 22-21 defeat Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium.
In the third quarter, Chiefs cornerback Keith Reaser recovered Jackson's muff at the Titans 28.
Wrong. Triplette ruled that Mariota's forward progress had been stopped.
Ryan Succop hit a 49-yard field goal to cut the Chiefs' lead to 14-3 with 1:55 remaining in the first half. The play was not reviewed. Their helmets also collided and Kelce appeared to be dazed when he got to his feet. The drive stalling gave the Chiefs the ball back with a little under two minutes left. The first came on a one-yard run by Kareem Hunt and the second on a 13-yard catch by Kelce. Derrick Johnson scooped it up and ran it in untouched for the apparent score.
But replay showed Henry was clearly down by contact.
Before the game even began, Titans nation was in uproar due to a report that head coach Mike Mularkey's job would be in danger if they lost today.