Marcus Mariota throws a touchdown pass to himself

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Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota just delivered one of the wildest plays in NFL postseason history.

With the Titans facing third-and-goal from their own 6-yard line, Mariota scrambled around, couldn’t find anyone open, appeared to want to run the ball into the end zone, then passed just before he crossed the line of scrimmage. The ball was nearly intercepted but tipped by Chiefs cornerback Darrelle Revis, who ended up batting it back into Mariota’s hands. Mariota grabbed the ball and ran into the end zone.

That makes it both a passing touchdown and a receiving touchdown for Mariota, and it makes Mariota the first player in NFL postseason history to score both a passing touchdown and a receiving touchdown in the same game.

Referee Jeff Triplette, who is having a rough day, turned on his microphone and announced that Mariota was an eligible receiver on the play because he was in the shotgun formation. That was incorrect, as in reality all players become eligible receivers once a defensive player touches the ball. So Mariota would have been eligible regardless of whether he was in the shotgun or under center.

The Titans are now back in the game, down 21-10 in the third quarter.

31 responses to “Marcus Mariota throws a touchdown pass to himself

  1. Let’s be honest…he threw the ball directly at the KC defender who instead of catching it for an INT batted it away. Terrible decision that ended up working out for the Titans.

  2. Now that’s good offense. Maybe more teams should try this. Teams that aren’t quite complete. Like one-man teams.

  3. Can we get at least get full-time officials for the playoffs.

    This consistent level of incompetence would be embarrassing for high school league, let alone the richest league in the world.

  4. He was past the line of scrimmage. Let’s not let rules interfere with keeping the game close for better ratings. Closer game, more people watch, more money for the NFL. This game is rigged.

  5. What exactly is the difference of Marcus Mariota vs Vince Young? I mean on the field. Obviously off the field VY was a headcase but honestly, every time I see Mariota take off running in the redzone I think I’m watching VY play again.

  6. He was not past the line of scrimmage. The NFL rule states that if any part of the QB is behind the line then he is behind the line.

    That being said, Mariota is terrible. The absolute worst QB I’ve ever seen.

  7. sinsor13 says:
    January 6, 2018 at 6:52 pm
    He was past the line of scrimmage. Let’s not let rules interfere with keeping the game close for better ratings. Closer game, more people watch, more money for the NFL. This game is rigged.

    WHOLE BODY has to be across los. not just part…..btw andy reid oh oh spaghettios!! titans closing the gap

  8. You guys realize even if ur back heel is behind the line of scrimmage, your still considered behind the line of scrimmage. If you watch enough NFL games to see that, you’d know.

  9. Hahahaha the abysmal Chiefs can’t even put away an awful Titans team! What a joke of a franchise. The losing playoff record continues for the ketchup and mustards

  10. The comment above (and MDS) are correct. Forward passes are legal if any part of the player is behind the line and every player is eligible after the ball is tipped.

    I’m not sure why the dig at Mariota was necessary though. You don’t have to be Canton material to win a Super Bowl ring.

  11. warhawk0305 says:
    January 6, 2018 at 6:56 pm
    That being said, Mariota is terrible. The absolute worst QB I’ve ever seen.

    You must be new to football. You never had the misfortune of watching Ryan Leaf, Akili Smith, or even recent QBs such as Mark Sanchez or EJ Manuel.

  12. Wow. Revis had BOTH hands on it and slaps it towards the 11 people looking towards his end zone. Does this one get called the No Butts play?

  13. I know the rule and it looked to me like his entire body was over the line. Go ahead and torch me if you wish but that’s how I saw it and I didn’t have a dog in that fight. And that “effort” from Revis.

  14. warhawk0305 says:
    January 6, 2018 at 6:56 pm
    That being said, Mariota is terrible. The absolute worst QB I’ve ever seen.

    ====================

    Haven’t watched many Browns games in the past, oh, nineteen years, have you?

  15. Hmm. I take it back. Looked like Mariota’s foot was at the line of scrimmage. Saw the replay a couple of times. Well, good on ya lad. A TD to self, not something you see every day.

  16. I have no dog in this fight as I just wanted to see a competitive game.
    That being said, the officiating was horrible tonight. The Chiefs were robbed of 2 points because of an early whistle. If Eli had been whistled down like that, the Pats would have had an undefeated season.
    There is absolutely no consistency with the refs these days. I’ve come to expect at least one horrid call per game.

  17. Revis needs to retire lol
    M’boy Marcus, all y’all critics wrote him off, thinkin’ KCMO was gonna slam-dunk the Titans haha joke-on-you!

  18. Mariota pulled a favorite Elway play and threw the ball as he was running beyond the original line of scrimmage. Of course, since it was such a fine catch, the zebras couldn’t reverse the play and penalize the Titans.

    Worst called game in about two weeks. Can we have the replacement referees back again?

  19. Nothing like pure outhouse luck to help you win a ball game. Its better to be lucky than good.

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