Marcus Mariota Throws Touchdown To Himself, Makes Huge Block To Complete Comeback

Bryan Brandom
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Catching a touchdown, throwing a huge block, and running the football, Marcus Mariota did everything for the Tennessee Titans against the Kansas City Chiefs in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

And they needed every bit of his all-around contributions to complete an 18-point comeback and win 22-21.

Down 21-3 at halftime, Mariota got the storming started by throwing a touchdown to himself.

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As best we can tell, this is just the second time a player has thrown and caught the same touchdown, the first being Brad Johnson in his Minnesota Vikings days.

At the animated and amateur level, Nelson Muntz also pulled it off once.

Derrick Henry followed that score with a 35-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

Finally, the Titans assumed their first lead on a 22-yard touchdown strike to Eric Decker.

But Mariota wasn’t done. Needing a first down on third-and-10 to ice things with 1:53 remaining, Mariota threw a huge block to free Henry for a 22-yard gain that effectively ended the contest.

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The Chiefs, having lost Travis Kelce to a concussion late in the first half, didn’t score in the second half.

“Special, special,” Mariota said of his first playoff experience. “I’m a part of a great team. I’m part of a group of guys that really just believe in each other, and it’s something special and I look forward to playing next week.”

Mariota completed 19 of 31 passes for 205 yards to go with his two touchdowns and an interception. He’d rushed five times for 52 yards before three consecutive kneels to close out the contest.

Henry exploded for 156 yards on 23 carries.

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