The gateway to the Super Bowl for the Tennessee Titans has been guarded by MVPs. Saturday, it was this season’s frontrunner, Lamar Jackson. The week before, the Titans had to topple the 2017 winner, Tom Brady. On Sunday, they face the reigning MVP, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Titans safety Kevin Byard says he remembers beating Mahomes mid-season, rallying from behind to a 35-32 win at home.
“The next day, my body was sore. I was mentally tired,” he said at the team’s Monday press conference. “I feel like I’m gonna have to have the same exact feeling after this game by really being mentally keyed in on every single snap, trying to understand what they’re trying to do to us to defeat us.”
On Sunday, Mahomes led the Chiefs to one of the biggest comebacks in NFL postseason history. Down by 24 points to the Houston Texans, the Chiefs catapulted to a 51-31 victory. Mahomes completed four touchdown passes in the second quarter — a feat achieved by just one other quarterback.
During that game, broadcaster and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo opined that there’s never been a tougher road to the Super Bowl than the one the Titans are traveling.
In addition to the MVP gantlet, the Titans could become the first team in NFL history to beat four division champs in four straight weeks.