Last night, the Chiefs continued that proud tradition by going up 21-3 over the Tennessee Titans, and then losing 22-21. It was a choke job for the ages: Alex Smith managed just 30 passing yards in the second half, their normally super accurate kicker doinked a field goal off a post, and even when the defense got their hands on a Marcus Mariota pass, they batted it back to him.
I can’t imagine what would’ve happened had the Bucs finally managed to get back to the playoffs, only for them to throw the game in this way. The Bucs, of course, haven’t been to the playoffs since the 2007 season, and haven’t won a playoff game since beating the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003.
This game was also good for Bucs fans for another reason: Mike Mularkey got the Titans to the playoffs, somehow. Like Dirk Koetter, a former Falcons offensive coordinator. Like Koetter, he was very close to getting fired in recent years. Instead, he’s now gotten the Titans to the playoffs and won a playoff game.
Perhaps Koetter can do that, too. And perhaps we’ll have something to be happy about other than not being the Kansas City Chiefs, next year.