The Titans faked a punt in the AFC Championship, and everyone but the Chiefs saw it coming

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Down 35-17 in the fourth quarter, Titans punter Brett Kern fielded the snap and hit a wide-open Amani Hooker over the middle for the easy first down.

  • The Tennessee Titans pulled off a fake punt in the fourth quarter of their AFC Championship game matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • Everyone but the Chiefs defense seemed to see the trick play coming.
  • Down 35-17 with just over six minutes remaining, Titans punter Brett Kern fielded the snap and hit a wide-open Amani Hooker over the middle for the easy first down.
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The Tennessee Titans nearly kept their Super Bowl hopes alive thanks to a fourth-down conversion on a fake punt in the final minutes of their AFC Championship game matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.

And everyone but the Chiefs defense seemed to see it coming.

On fourth-and-eight with 6:07 remaining in the game, Titans punter Brett Kern took the snap and found safety Amani Hooker wide open over the middle for the easy first down.

Four plays later, Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw a beautiful 22-yard touchdown pass to tight end Anthony Firkser to cut Kansas City's lead to 11. Though the Titans wouldn't be able to overcome the deficit with so little time remaining, football fans and commentators alike were surprised that the Chiefs allowed Tennessee an opportunity to climb back into the game down the stretch.

Though the Titans walked away from that drive with seven more points, they would only get the ball back one more time in the game. A turn over on downs essentially sealed Kansas City's first AFC Championship in 50 years and sent Tennessee home without any hardware in tow.

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