The Titans pulled off another upset on the road in the playoffs, this time beating the Ravens 28-12 one week after traveling to New England and beating the Patriots 20-13. The Titans advance to the AFC Championship game for the first time since 2002.
Tennessee running back Derrick Henry once again carried his team to victory finishing with 195 yards and even getting in on the passing attack by throwing a touchdown to Corey Davis. Henry is the first running back with a passing touchdown in a playoff game since 1987. With 195 yards against the Ravens, Derrick Henry has the most rushing yards for any running back in their first four playoff games edging out Terrell Davis and Arian Foster as the only other backs with over 500 yards in their first four post-season outings. Henry led the league in rushing with 1,540 yards. Meanwhile the Ravens set the NFL single season record with 3,296 rushing yards. This was the fourth match-up in playoff history between the league’s leading rushing team against the league’s leading rusher. All four occasions the team with the league’s leading rusher was victorious.
While the bye week was clearly beneficial for the 49ers who beat the Vikings 27-10, the week off seemed to be a detriment for the AFC’s top seed who started the game off a bit sluggish. Lamar Jackson threw an interception on his second attempt of the game. It was his first interception in his last 252 passing attempts. Baltimore trailed 14-6 at the half and the wheels really fell off in the third quarter with the Titans jumping out to an even larger 28-6 lead which is the largest deficit for the Ravens since their Week 4 match-up against the Browns.
Coming into the post-season with a 9-7 record the Titans earned a Wildcard spot as the sixth seed in the AFC. They are the first sixth seed since 2010 to make it to the Conference Championship where they will face the winner of the Texans and Chiefs match-up.