KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Ryan Succop didn't try a warm-up field goal longer that 49 yards on Sunday at frigid Arrowhead Stadium.
The Tennessee Titans place-kicker didn't figure there was much of a point to it.
And Succop was short from 53 yards on the final play of regulation -- but it was washed away by Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid's timeout. Given a second chance, Succop found the range and lifted the Titans to a 19-17 win that improved their record to 8-6.
"I felt like I hit the first one good, and when it came up short, there was a second in my mind where I wasn't sure if I could even reach from there," said Succop, who played for the Chiefs from 2009 to 2013. "So on the second one, I kind of just had to throw technique out the window a little bit and really go after it and hit it as hard as I could."
During the timeout, Succop said he re-tied the shoe on his plant foot to prepare to go at the kick extra hard.
Earlier, Succop and special-teams coach Steve Hoffman concluded the kicker's maximum distance was probably 47 or 48 yards.
At the point of the deciding kick, the Titans could already have been tied and still assured of heading to overtime if Succop had missed the 53-yard attempt. But earlier in the fourth quarter, Tennessee coach Mike Mularkey had his offense try for a two-point conversion after Derrick Henry's second touchdown with 3:12 remaining, rather than having Succop attempt the extra point. The Chiefs covered a play that had Marcus Mariota looking to the right flat, and he wound up with a short incompletion.
Tennessee got the ball down 17-16 and moved 40 yards in 1:07 to set up Succop's heroics.
Reflecting on the 53-yard field goal, Succop said that if given 10 chances at the kick, "I don't know if I could make one."
He did, though.
Titans equipment man Matt Thompson retrieved the ball for Succop, and when the kicker got his hands on it, gloveless, in the locker room, he and punter Brett Kern marveled at just how cold it still was.
Reid was left to second-guess his timeout.
"Listen, it didn't work," Reid said. "I've got to do better on that. It backfired."