Heading into the AFC Championship Game, the Kansas City Chiefs defense knew it had cut the legs out from under the behemoth running back. Henry entered the game motoring the Titans offense through two postseason games. Henry became the only player in NFL playoff history with 180-plus rush yards in two consecutive games, and his 377 rush yards in the Titans' first two playoff games were the most to start a postseason in NFL history.
The K.C. smothered the RB, holding him to a meager 69 rushing yards and a TD on 19 carries in the Chiefs 35-24 victory.
"They just had a great game plan, man," Henry said after the loss. "They were coming off the ball, those guys were being physical. They played a great game today on defense and you know their offense, we know the type of offense that is: explosive, can score at any moment. Like I said, we just came up short. All the credit to them and good luck to them."
"I don't think we were able to run as many snaps and get things going," coach Mike Vrabel said. "He didn't break a big one. I felt like it was efficient, very efficient first half. They put some long drives together to kind of get the chew up some clock there in the third quarter."
Henry toted the rock just three times in the final two frames for seven yards. After the big back got stuffed early in the third quarter, he became an afterthought. Henry was asked about getting limited work in the second half.
"Just wish we could've did things better to help us win," he replied. "They're a great team. If you give opportunities to score, they're going to take advantage of it. They did a great job on defense. Hats off to them. They did a great job today. That's why they're the AFC champs."