Tennessee Titans vs. Kansas City Chiefs

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Game Information
Location: Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City, Missouri
Attendance: 60,213

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Patrick Mahomes II got his first NFL start on Thursday night.

The Kansas City Chiefs hope it's his last for a while.

The Chiefs' first-round pick threw for 183 yards and a touchdown in his preseason finale, helping them to a 30-6 rout of the Tennessee Titans in a game that was played primarily by backups on both sides.

Mahomes got the nod with Alex Smith and the rest of the starters sitting out, and he once more showed why the Chiefs moved up to draft him 10th overall in April. The former Texas Tech standout scrambled to keep plays alive, stood tall in the pocket and used his big arm to make plays downfield.

"This was a good experience for him," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "I thought he handled the last few days well. He knew he was going to start. But now he has to carry that into being a backup."

His favorite target was second-year pro Demarcus Robinson , who may have locked up the Chiefs' final wide receiver job. He had three catches for 127 yards, including a 28-yard TD strike just before halftime.

"I feel like I've gotten better every single day, and that's been the plan all along," said Mahomes, who beat out Tyler Bray for the No. 2 job. "I mean, it's a process, but you want to make sure you come in every single practice, every single game and improve."

Rookie wide receiver Jehu Chesson also solidified his roster spot with a weaving, dodging 76-yard punt return touchdown for Kansas City. Backup tight end Gavin Escobar may have done likewise when he hauled in a juggling touchdown catch from Bray late in the third quarter.

Titans coach Mike Mularkey said early in the week that "all 90" would play in the preseason finale, as if an uneven performance last week against Chicago meant his starters would get at least some work.

But after the Chiefs kicked off, it was former quarterback Matt Cassel rather than Marcus Mariota who led the Titans onto the field. Cassel was joined by a flotilla of Tennessee backups, including a couple - such as David Fluellen, who carried 19 times for 74 yards - still trying to earn a job.

"I'm confident in my ability and just hope that the people making the decisions feel the same way," said wide receiver Tre McBride, who had three catches as he tried to earn one of the Titans' final roster spots.

On defense, first-round pick Adoree Jackson made a couple of nice plays while trying to earn one of their starting cornerback jobs. He even flashed some good hands by picking a pass on a tipped ball, though a video review showed he landed on the out of bounds line.

"I told our guys I'm actually very proud of them," Mularkey said, "because I know each and every one of them that played tonight, some of them it's their last game. They gave their best effort and competed as best they could. At the end of the day that's all you can ask of yourself when you walk off the field."

SHAKY RETURN: Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos made his preseason debut after dealing with a groin injury and promptly missed an extra point. But he bounced back to hit a 48-yard field goal in the second half. "He felt good tonight," Reid said, "so I think we're in a good spot."

BERRY BAD NEWS? All-Pro safety Eric Berry was not suited up, even though he had returned to practice after dealing with a heel injury. Berry was not expected to play regardless, but the fact he didn't suit up or go through pregame warmups could be reason for concern.

MORE INJURIES: Titans linebacker Kevin Dodd, who recovered a fumble early in the second quarter, left with a bruised hip later in the half. Long snapper Ryan DiSalvo left with a concussion after he was blindsided by the Chiefs' Justin March-Lillard on the block that sprung Chesson's touchdown return.

NEWCOMERS SIT: The Chiefs traded this week for linebacker Reggie Ragland, a 2016 second-round pick of the Bills, and offensive lineman Cam Erving, a 2015 first-round pick of the Browns. Neither was ready to get into the game, though the Chiefs hope both are ready for the regular season. "I've got a good familiarity with the playbook," Ragland said, "so it's going very good so far."

ON DECK: The Chiefs open the season next Thursday night in New England, while the Titans welcome Oakland to town Sept. 10, when most of the league begins playing games that count.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Titans Chiefs
01:32 Ryan Succop 40 yd FG 3 0

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Titans Chiefs
09:36 Jehu Chesson 76 yd punt return (missed kick) 3 6
00:18 Demarcus Robinson 28 yd pass from Patrick Mahomes II (Cairo Santos kick) 3 13

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Titans Chiefs
12:13 Cairo Santos 48 yd FG 3 16
08:05 Ryan Succop 48 yd FG 6 16
01:52 Gavin Escobar 2 yd pass from Tyler Bray (Cairo Santos kick) 6 23

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Titans Chiefs
09:54 Tevin Jones 68 yd pass from Joel Stave (Cairo Santos kick) 6 30

Team Stats
  Tennessee Kansas City
1st Downs 16 16
Total Yards 265 377
Passing 159 309
Passing Completions/Attempts 15-36 17-26
Yards/Pass 4.2 11.4
Rushing 106 68
Rushing Attempts 29 27
Yards/Rush 3.7 2.5
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles Lost 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Possession 32:07 27:53

Tennessee Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Alex Tanney 9 22 101 4.6 0 1
Matt Cassel 3 4 35 8.8 0 0
Tyler Ferguson 3 10 30 3.0 0 0

Kansas City Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Patrick Mahomes II 9 16 183 11.4 1 0
Joel Stave 2 2 70 35.0 1 0
Tyler Bray 6 8 63 7.9 1 0

Tennessee Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
David Fluellen 19 74 3.9 0 9
Alex Tanney 2 19 9.5 0 16
Khalfani Muhammad 3 11 3.7 0 5
Brandon Radcliff 2 5 2.5 0 4
Akeem Judd 2 0 0.0 0 2
Taywan Taylor 1 -3 -3.0 0 -3

Kansas City Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Devine Redding 21 59 2.8 0 20
Patrick Mahomes II 3 13 4.3 0 7
Joel Stave 3 -4 -1.3 0 -1

Tennessee Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Jerome Cunningham 2 39 19.5 0 25
Tre McBride 3 29 9.7 0 15
Jonnu Smith 2 25 12.5 0 20
Jace Amaro 1 19 19.0 0 19
Darius Jennings 2 16 8.0 0 8
Jonathan Krause 1 13 13.0 0 13
Tajae Sharpe 1 12 12.0 0 12
KeVonn Mabon 1 9 9.0 0 9
Joe Bacci 1 3 3.0 0 3
David Fluellen 1 1 1.0 0 1

Kansas City Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Demarcus Robinson 3 127 42.3 1 53
Tevin Jones 1 68 68.0 1 68
Marcus Kemp 5 55 11.0 0 22
Gavin Escobar 2 25 12.5 1 23
Jehu Chesson 1 12 12.0 0 12
Devine Redding 2 10 5.0 0 8
Ross Travis 1 10 10.0 0 10
Seantavius Jones 1 7 7.0 0 7
Tony Stevens 1 2 2.0 0 2

Tennessee Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Nate Palmer 6 1 0 0
Demontre Hurst 5 2 0 0
Daren Bates 3 1 0 0
Josh Carraway 3 2 0 0
DeAngelo Brown 2 1 1 7
Denzel Johnson 2 0 0 0
Jayon Brown 1 2 0 0
Brice McCain 1 0 0 0
C.J. Robbins Jr. 1 2 0 0
Da'Norris Searcy 1 0 0 0
LeShaun Sims 1 0 0 0
Jimmy Staten 1 2 0 0
Antwaun Woods 1 1 0 0
Angelo Blackson 0 1 0 0
Jerome Cunningham 0 0 0 0
David Fluellen 0 0 0 0
Akeem Judd 0 0 0 0
Kalan Reed 0 0 0 0
Tim Semisch 0 0 0 0
D'Joun Smith 0 1 0 0
Tye Smith 0 1 0 0
Justin Staples 0 1 0 0

Kansas City Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Ukeme Eligwe 4 2 0 0
Tanoh Kpassagnon 4 0 0 0
Kevin Pierre-Louis 4 1 0 0
Terrance Smith 4 2 0 0
Steven Terrell 4 2 0 0
Frank Zombo 2 0 1 6
De'Vante Bausby 2 0 0 0
Jarvis Jenkins 2 0 0 0
David King 2 0 0 0
Leon McQuay III 2 1 0 0
Marcus Rush 1 0 1 1
Kenneth Acker 1 2 0 0
Trevon Hartfield 1 1 0 0
Justin March-Lillard 1 1 0 0
Larry Scott 1 0 0 0
D.J. White 1 2 0 0
Jordan Devey 0 0 0 0
Chris Jones 0 1 0 0
Eric Murray 0 1 0 0
Maurice Swain Jr. 0 0 0 0

Tennessee Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Kansas City Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Ukeme Eligwe 1 0 0

Tennessee Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
David Fluellen 1 13 13.0 0 13

Kansas City Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Jehu Chesson 2 59 29.5 0 35

Tennessee Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
No punt return stats.

Kansas City Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Jehu Chesson 1 76 76.0 1 76
Gehrig Dieter 3 26 8.7 0 20
Demarcus Robinson 1 18 18.0 0 18

Tennessee Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Ryan Succop 2 2 100.0 48

Kansas City Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Cairo Santos 1 1 100.0 48

Tennessee Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Brett Kern 8 404 61

Kansas City Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Dustin Colquitt 6 287 56