Titans vs. Chiefs live score, updates, highlights from NFL ‘Sunday Night Football’ game

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The Titans and Chiefs were the top two teams in the AFC standings last season, and they come into their Week 9 matchup this year as division leaders with hopes of a deep playoff run.

Despite identical 5-2 records, the Chiefs are heavily favored in this game. QB Ryan Tannehill (ankle) was considered a game-time decision for the Titans, who ruled him inactive just before the game and will start rookie Malik Willis for the second consecutive week.

With Willis under center, expect Tennessee’s offense to be strictly run-based again. That worked against the Texans with Derrick Henry overpowering Houston’s defense, but will it be enough to keep up with Patrick Mahomes?

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The Chiefs scored 44 points in their last game, a win over the 49ers, and Mahomes has never lost coming out of a bye week. It’s will take a gigantic effort by the Titans’ defense to slow Kansas City’s offense, but it’s easy to forget Tennessee game-planned well for the Chiefs last season and came out with a 27-3 win. 

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The Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights as Kansas City hosts Tennessee on “Sunday Night Football.” Catch up on all the moments from the Week 9 matchup.

Titans vs. Chiefs score

  Q1  Q2  Q3  Q4 
Titans 0 14
Chiefs 3 6

Titans vs. Chiefs live updates, highlights from ‘Sunday Night Football’

End of half: Titans 14, Chiefs 9

9:48 p.m. — The Titans take a knee and walk into halftime with a 14-9 lead. Tennessee’s has only gotten better as the game has gone on.

9:46 p.m. — Denico Autry picks up his second sack of the half! With only 19 seconds left, the Chiefs are forced to punt.

9:42 p.m. — Mahomes uses his legs to bring the Chiefs just across midfield. With 33 seconds left, Harrison Butker is hoping to get a chance here.

9:40 p.m. — The Chiefs have given themselves some breathing room with catches by Smith-Schuster, Kelce, and Hardman, but they’re still at their own 25-yard line with under a minute to go.

9:35 p.m. TWO-MINUTE WARNING — What a punt by Ryan Stonehouse! Between a great kick and a penalty, Kansas City will start from its 1-yard line.

9:32 p.m. — Willis sees a nice run erased by a block in the back, and the Titans are punting after an impressive throw to Chris Conley falls incomplete. The Chiefs will have about two minutes to score before the half.

9:26 p.m. — Tennessee’s defense comes out firing and forces a punt after a sack by Denico Autry. The Titans will have a chance to add onto their lead and get the ball out of halftime.

Titans 14, Chiefs 9

9:21 p.m. TOUCHDOWN — You’re not stopping Derrick Henry tonight. King Henry takes it into the end zone, though his celebration is again (temporarily) paused by confusion over a potential penalty. Titans have their first lead.

9:19 p.m. — Great throw by Willis to Austin Hooper to set up 1st & Goal. The rookie is showing he’s more than just his legs.

9:18 p.m. — We are witnessing vintage Derrick Henry tonight. The former 2,000-yard rusher takes it 56 yards to move the Titans well into Chiefs territory.

9:15 p.m. — The Titans bring pressure on 3rd & 20 and force a punt. Tennessee’s defense looks confident despite some early Mahomes magic.

9:14 p.m. — A holding call on Andrew Wylie erases a 25-yard gain by Kelce.

9:13 p.m. — A drop by JuJu Smith-Schuster is very briefly ruled a fumble, but he never had control of the ball. Chiefs facing a 3rd & 10…

9:11 p.m. — Patrick Mahomes has already targeted nine different receivers tonight. He’s keeping Titans defenders on their toes.

Chiefs 9, Titans 7

9:06 p.m. TOUCHDOWN — Derrick Henry takes a direct snap into the end zone! After some confusion about a potential penalty, Henry’s eighth touchdown of the season is confirmed.

9:05 p.m. — The Titans are set up at 3rd & 1 after Chris Jones lined up in the neutral zone.

9:03 p.m. — Now Derrick Henry’s getting in on the action! Titans are in the red zone after a great run.

9:02 p.m. — There’s the athleticism we’ve been waiting to see from Willis. The rookie breathes life into the Titans’ offense and runs the ball into Chiefs territory.

Chiefs 9, Titans 0

8:57 p.m. TOUCHDOWN — 5 more yards? No problem. Mecole Hardman takes it into the end zone on a catch-and-run to put the Chiefs up by two possessions. Butker inexplicably misses the extra point attempt to keep it at 9-0.

8:55 p.m. — Uh oh. False start penalty on Joe Thuney makes it 3rd & 5 for the Chiefs.

End of first quarter: Chiefs 3, Titans 0

8:52 p.m. — The Chiefs have 3rd & Inches less than three yards from the goal line and let the clock expire. Kansas City will be looking to make this a 10-point game at the start of the second quarter.

8:48 p.m. — Mahomes finds Toney up the middle to put the Chiefs at Tennessee’s 12-yard line.

8:47 p.m. — Justin Watson makes a terrific catch for 33 yards. Great throw by Mahomes. The Chiefs are on the brink of the red zone again.

8:45 p.m. — Travis Kelce is doing Travis Kelce things. The all-pro opens Kansas City’s drive with a 23-yard reception.

8:42 p.m. — The drive fizzles out quickly for Tennessee. Even after Willis’ athleticism helps him avoid a sack, the Titans will punt.

8:40 p.m. — Chigoziem Okonkwo takes off for 48 yards! The rookie tight end had 52 career yards entering tonight. Titans are in business.

Chiefs 3, Titans 0

8:35 p.m. FIELD GOAL — Harrison Butker nails the 23-yard attempt. Chiefs strike first, but Tennessee will gladly take it.

8:35 p.m. — Holding call pushed Kansas City back… Chiefs will be forced to attempt a short field goal.

8:32 p.m. — A catch by Mecole Hardman has the Chiefs inside the Titans’ 10-yard line. 1st & Goal.

8:29 p.m. — Mahomes takes off! He runs for a first down and much more, putting Kansas City on the brink of the red zone. 

8:27 p.m. — The Chiefs were well into Titans territory, but a facemask penalty on Trey Smith backs them up to near midfield.

8:25 p.m. — Travis Kelce gets into it with David Long after a catch near the first down marker…some early tension.

8:24 p.m. — One play, one catch for new addition Kadarius Toney. 

8:23 p.m. — The Titans kick off, Isiah Pacheco returns the ball to about the 25-yard line, and we are underway!

8:10 p.m. — Temperatures are hovering around 55 degrees in Kansas City, with clear skies and light winds.

7:57 p.m. — Patrick Mahomes’ otherworldly numbers in September get the most attention, but he’s also been unstoppable in November. Can he keep that trend alive tonight?

7:37 p.m. — All eyes will be on Willis early in this game, but how much will the Titans let him throw? Tennessee’s offense ran through Derrick Henry in Houston last week.

7:08 p.m. — The Titans officially listed Ryan Tannehill as inactive, meaning rookie Malik Willis will make his second NFL start. Tannehill (ankle) had been a game-time decision.

Titans vs. Chiefs start time

  • Date: Sunday, Nov. 6
  • Time: 8:20 p.m. ET 

Titans vs. Chiefs will kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET. The game will be played at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. 

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