This was a mismatch from the start. Veteran journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick was starting for the Tennessee Titans in place of the injured Jake Locker against a Kansas City Chiefs defense that may very well be the NFL's best.
Predictably, the Titans were unable to get much going through the first half, but Fitzpatrick was resourceful on one play halfway through the second quarter.
He tried to get a pass off in the red zone, but end Alen Bailey batted it back to the quarterback, who decided to see if he could actually score a touchdown from the Kansas City 1-yard line.
Alas, it didn't happen. (GIF below courtesy of SB Nation).
In case you were wondering, the official play-by-play registered that debacle as follows: R.Fitzpatrick pass short middle to R.Fitzpatrick to KC 1 for no gain (J.Houston).
The Titans had four downs from the Chiefs' 1-yard line, and they couldn't get it over for a score. Justin Houston sacked Fitzpatrick on the next play for a zero-yard loss, and running back Jackie Battle was stuffed on fourth down. Fitzpatrick finished the first half with five completions in 14 attempts for 31 yards -- a rollicking 2.2 yards per attempt. The Chiefs were up 13-0 at the half, though Fitzpatrick was able to adapt by throwing a six-inch pass to running back Chris Johnson early in the third quarter, and Johnson trucked it for a 49-yard touchdown..
Should Fitzpatrick survive this game, things don't get any easier -- the Titans travel to Seattle's CenturyLink field to take on the Seahawks
' ravenous defense next Sunday.