According to Succop the timeout made the difference. After coming up short on an attempt that didn't count, the ex-Chiefs kicker knew he needed more oomph on the 53-yard attempt.
"On the second one I just kind of had to throw technique out the window a little bit and really go after it and kick it as hard as I could,'' Succop said, via the team's official website. "I told some of the guys this afterward: You could give me 10 kicks from there and I don't know if I could make one, honestly, in the weather and the cold and just kicking a frozen football.
"There is one explanation for why that ball went in and it's because it was the Lord's will for it to go in. Glory to God. What a day."
You won't get a better quote for a campaign to abolish icing the kicker. The "icing" move from coaches has proven to backfire more often than help. If a coach is going to try this silly stunt at least do it before the kicker gets a free practice swing.
Sunday's mulligan made the difference on a freezing day. Succop's career long entering the game was a 54-yarder when he was K.C.'s kicker.
The 30-year-old kicker said he didn't even practice anything beyond 49 yards in pregame.
"I didn't even really go past that, to be honest with you, because I couldn't imagine going over 50 on a six-degree day,'' Succop said. "This is the coldest day I've ever played in."
Succop said he became emotional after the kick. His long-snapper blacked out.
"I kind of blacked out for a moment,'' Beau Brinkley said. "It's surreal. This team has been on the other side of that spectrum for a while, and it feels so good to be on the winning side.
"I was really excited. We were all really excited."
The 19-17 win keeps the Titans playoff hopes alive with tilts against the Jaguars and Texans remaining. If Tennessee makes it to the postseason, they might send a thank you card to Reid for that timeout.