Jan 13, 2020 12:40 AM

Chiefs join 49er's, Titans in NFL championship round

Posted Jan 13, 2020 12:40 AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - (AP) Now that the Kansas City Chiefs are in their second straight AFC title game, they face a nemesis in the Tennessee Titans.

The Chiefs secured their place Sunday by storming back from a 24-0 hole by getting four touchdown passes from Patrick Mahomes in the second quarter. That sparked a 51-31 victory over the Houston Texans in as wild an NFL game as anyone will see.

Mahomes threw for five scores, three to star tight end Travis Kelce. Damien Williams also scored three times and second-seeded KC (13-4) never was challenged after taking the lead at halftime.

So now it’s on to hosting the AFC championship contest again; the Chiefs lost in overtime to the Patriots a year ago.

The last time Kansas City and Tennessee met was also the last time the Chiefs were beaten, 35-32 in Nashville on Nov. 10. Ryan Tannehill threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Adam Humphries with 23 seconds left, and Joshua Kalu blocked a last-second field goal attempt.

The Titans also beat the Chiefs 22-21 in Kansas City in a 2017 wild-card game.

“We’ve already played them and we know they’re a tough team,” Mahomes said. “They’re a team that battles all the way until the end. They’re a team that’s really hot, playing really good football right now, so we know it’s going to take our best effort. And, whatever way, we’ve got to find a way to win. That’s the biggest thing you saw here today was we’ve just got to find a way no matter what.”

No. 6 seed Tennessee (11-7) won its second straight road playoff game with a similar approach: feed Derrick Henry. The standout running back dominated in New England in the wild-card round and was again unstoppable at Baltimore. Henry is the first player with two games of 175 rushing yards or more in the same postseason. He has set the postseason single-game rushing record for the Titans in consecutive weeks.

He also has the most yards rushing through his first four postseason games at 561.

And, get this, he threw a 3-yard touchdown jump pass at Baltimore — the first by a running back in the playoffs since 1987, when Allen Rice of Minnesota managed it.

“It’s going to be grind, grind, grind and then he’s going to bust one,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said.

Tennessee’s defense isn’t likely to collapse the way Houston’s did, and the Titans almost certainly will stick with their so-far highly successful game plan of controlling matters on the ground.

Later Sunday, fifth-seeded Seattle (12-5) was at No. 2 Green Bay (13-3). The winner travels to San Francisco (14-3) next Sunday for the NFC championship game.

The 49ers romped past Minnesota 27-10 with a balanced performance. They set a franchise playoff record by allowing only 147 yards to the Vikings.

Jimmy Garoppolo threw a TD pass on his opening drive as a playoff starter and then mostly watched his defense and running game (186 yards) take over. Two turnovers also hurt Minnesota, and Tevin Coleman rushed for 105 yards and two scores.

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Jan 13, 2020 12:40 AM
🏀Cowley stuns Dragons on Buzzer-Beater

STEVE CARPENTER - Hutchinson CC Sports Information

ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. – Abby Ogle’s basket with 1.4 seconds to play in regulation was the 13th lead change of the Hutchinson Community College Women’s Basketball team’s Jayhawk Conference matchup with the Cowley Tigers.

Unfortunately for the No. 4-ranked Blue Dragons, there was one more lead change to occur.

Shontrice Austin’s 27-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer gave the Tigers a 72-70 victory over Hutchinson on Saturday night at Scott Auditorium.

Hutchinson falls to 14-2 overall and 6-1 in the Jayhawk West. The Blue Dragons had an eight-game winning streak for the season and a 12-game winning streak against Cowley snapped. The Tigers (15-3, 5-3 Jayhawk East) defeated Hutchinson for the first time since 2004.

The Blue Dragons trailed 40-33 at halftime and by a game-worst 10 points when Torri Vang’s 3-pointer with 8:13 to play in the fourth quarter gave Cowley a 62-52 lead. Hutchinson answered with an 8-0 run capped by a Lauryn Mapusua 3-pointer with 5:57 left that cut the Cowley lead to 62-60.

The Dragons tied the game at 66 on two Ogle free throws with 1:51 to play. Trailing 67-66 after a Teagan Brouwer free throw, the Blue Dragons took a 68-67 lead on two Makayla Vannett free throws with 1:16 to go. Cowley regained the lead at 69-68 on two Jayden Marlnee free throws with 6.0 seconds to play.

Hutchinson advanced the ball to the front court after a timeout. Ogle drove into the lane, spun right and hit a 10-foot jumper to give the Blue Dragons a 70-69 lead with 1.4 seconds left. Cowley then advanced the ball to the front court after a Tiger timeout. Austin fired away from 27 feet and hit the game winner as the buzzer sounded.

Cowley became the first time to shoot 50 percent or better against Hutchinson since San Jacinto in the opening game of the 2018 NJCAA Tournament. The Tigers are only the fourth team to shoot 50 percent against Hutchinson in the John Ontjes era and only the seventh team to do so since 2003.

The Tigers shot right at 50 percent (26 of 52). Cowley shot 69.2 percent in the first quarter and 60.7 percent overall in the first half in scoring an opponent-high 40 points in the opening half.

The Blue Dragons shot 45.6 percent (26 of 57) for the game, shooting 50 percent in the second half.

Brooklyn Betham scored a career-high 18 points on 8 of 12 shooting to lead the Blue Dragons. Betham added six rebounds.

Ogle finished with 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Mapusua hit a career-high-tying three 3-pointers and closed with 12 points, a career-high eight assists and seven rebounds.

The Blue Dragons were 6 of 20 from 3-point range and 12 of 15 from the free-throw line. Hutchinson was out-rebounded 32-28, but had conference season-low 14 turnovers.

Austin had 13 of her game-high 19 points in the first half to lead Cowley. Austin also had an opponent-high nine assists as well as the game-winning shot. Seanna Boltz nailed four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points. Marlnee is the second opponent to post a double-double against the Blue Dragons with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

The Tigers hit 8 of 22 from 3-point range and 12 of 18 from the free-throw line. The Tigers had a Hutchinson opponent-high 18 assists.

The Blue Dragons will play third game of a stretch of five games in 11 days at 5:30 p.m. on Monday against Northwest Tech top open Jayhawk West play.

GAME NOTES – Hutch has a 25-23 all-time series lead over Cowley. … Makayla Vannett’s only 3-pointer of the game tied Tessa Morrow for fifth on the Hutchinson career 3-point list (148). … Hutch’s 28 rebounds were a season low. … Hutch is 0-2 when trailing at halftime.