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#pounditTuesday, August 11, 2020

Chiefs have special teams meltdown late in loss to Titans

The Kansas City Chiefs looked like they were in control of their game against the Tennessee Titans until their special teams had an epic meltdown late to cost them the game.

Nursing a five-point lead with 1:27 left, the Chiefs lined up for a 47-yard field goal try that would force the Titans to score a touchdown and a two-point conversion in order to tie the game. A bad snap, however, blew up the entire attempt and led to an incredible rarity: punter Dustin Colquitt, acting as holder, simply threw the ball away.

Colquitt was called for intentional grounding. That gave the Titans the ball at their own 39, and they immediately marched downfield and scored a touchdown. They also added the two-point conversion, but not before Chiefs coach Andy Reid used a timeout to make things harder on the offense.

All the same, Patrick Mahomes led the Chiefs downfield to the Titans’ 34-yard line to set up a 52-yard try to tie the game. That kick was blocked, however, and the Chiefs were saddled with a loss.

The Chiefs really could’ve wrapped this one up twice in spite of their defense. The 47-yard try was certainly doable, and that would have put them up eight. There was some question whether the Titans were offside on the game-clinching block, but nothing was called, leaving the Chiefs wondering what happened on these two plays.

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