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Posted at 8:00 AM, Jan 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-22 17:05:16-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Unless Jackson County voters open the checkbook for a dome on Arrowhead Stadium, football games in Kansas City don’t get any bigger than this.

The Chiefs host the Tennessee Titans at 2:05 p.m. on Sunday in the AFC Championship.

Follow along for live updates before, during and after the Chiefs' biggest game of the season:

5:11 p.m. | The Chiefs are Super Bowl-bound for the first time in a half-century.

5:02 p.m. | We've hit the two-minute warning with the Chiefs up 35-24 in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City, you're two minutes from a Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years.

4:47 p.m. | The Titans keep things interesting with a touchdown drive, drawing within 35-24.

4:39 p.m. | With a 60-yard bomb from Patrick Mahomes to Sammy Watkins, the Chiefs are almost certainly Super Bowl-bound. Only 7:33 to go and Kansas City leads 35-17!

4:22 p.m. | Damien Williams scored on a 3-yard run on the second play of the fourth quarter and Kansas City boosted its lead to 28-17 with 14:50 left on the #RoadtoMiami.

4:18 p.m. | After a scoreless third quarter, the Chiefs will take a 21-17 lead into the final period and are knocking on the door, first-and-goal inside the 5-yard line.

3:47 p.m. | The Chiefs received the opening kickoff and the second half of the AFC Championship Game is underway. Kansas City is one half away from going to Super Bowl LIV.

3:30 p.m. | With a winding, magical 27-yard touchdown scramble, Patrick Mahomes gives the Chiefs a 21-17 halftime lead.

[GALLERY: Chiefs vs Titans in AFC Championship Game]

3:19 p.m. | Defensive tackle Chris Jones turned in a fantastic series and the Titans will punt on the other side of the two-minute warning. That's a big stop for the defense and gives the Chiefs a chance to take the lead going into halftime.

3:13 p.m. | Patrick Mahomes throws a laser beam up the seam to Tyreek Hill for the connection's second TD of the game. The Chiefs get off the canvas again and now trail 17-14.

3:04 p.m. | A tackle-eligible touchdown extends the Titans' lead to 17-7 midway through the second quarter.

2:51 p.m. | The Chiefs trail the Titans 10-7 after the first quarter, which is still much better than last week when it was 21-0 and soon to be 24-0.

2:45 p.m. | Aided by a fourth-down conversion to tight end Travis Kelce, the Chiefs get off the mat and answer with an 8-yard touchdown pass from Mahomes to Tyreek Hill on a jet sweep/pop pass.

2:28 p.m. | Penalties and another big play in the passing game help Derrick Henry reach the end zone for a 10-0 lead with 5:52 left in the first quarter.

2:16 p.m. | A second-down sack and missed connection from quarterback Patrick Mahomes to tight Travis Kelce forces the Chiefs to punt. Time for the D to step up.

2:07 p.m. | A play-action pass to A.J. Brown moved the Titans into Chiefs territory, but the defense did a good job against Derrck Henry. Pressure from Chris Jones on third down forced a field-goal try and the 30-yard boot gives the Titans a 3-0 lead.

2:05 p.m. | The Chiefs and Titans are underway. Kansas City won the toss and deferred to the second half, so Tennessee will start with the ball. Jones will play a limited role, primarily on third down, according to the game broadcast.

[GALLERY: Frigid fans prep for AFC Championship Game]

1:30 p.m. | With less than an hour to go until game time, celebrities and Kansas City Chiefs fans Eric Stonestreet and Paul Rudd had a message for Chiefs Kingdom.

12:30 p.m. | The Chiefs and Titans have released their list of inactive players. Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones, who had been a question mark heading into the game, is listed as active and will play on Sunday.

For the Chiefs, QB Matt Moore, CB Morris Claiborne, RB LeSean McCoy, LB Darron Lee, OL Ryan Hunter, OL Jackson Barton, and OL Andrew Wylie are inactive for the AFC Championship Game.

For the Titans, WR Rashard Davis, WR Darius Jennings, WR Cody Hollister, OL Kevin Pamphile, LB Reggie Gilbert, DL Isaiah Mack, and DL Joey Ivie are listed as inactive vs. the Chiefs, according to Titans Online reporter Jim Wyatt.

Noon | Arrowhead Stadium is now open, with two hours to go until game time.

11:20 a.m. | Just *how cold* will it be at kickoff today? 41 Action News meteorologists Lindsey Anderson and Jeff Penner predict temperatures of 15 to 20 degrees — between the fifth to seventh coldest kickoff for a home Chiefs game. For more details on the weather, click here.

11:15 a.m. | Coach Andy Reid has also arrived at the stadium.

10:50 a.m. | Quarterback Patrick Mahomes has arrived at Arrowhead Stadium.

10:30 a.m. | 41 Action News anchors Lindsay Shively and Taylor Hemness are making friends with tailgaters at Arrowhead Stadium, some of whom arrived more than 12 hours before game time. Read reporter Jordan Betts' live blog for more information.

8 a.m. | It’s the second straight year coach Andy Reid, quarterback Patrick Mahomes and company host the conference title game with a Super Bowl on the line.

Last season, Kansas City came up short in overtime against the eventual champs.

This season, the team that knocked New England from its perch is the foe and finding a way to contain running back Derrick Henry will be critical.

He rushed for 188 yards, including a soul-crushing fourth-quarter display (for KC fans, anyway), during the Titans’ 35-32 comeback win Nov. 10 in Nashville.

That was the last time the Chiefs lost.

Two months and seven consecutive wins later, Kansas City hopes to exact revenge and reach the Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years to cap the NFL’s 100th season.

For that to happen, the Chiefs probably can’t spot the Titans a 24-point lead, though it worked out fine last week as KC roared back behind five touchdowns from Mahomes for a 51-31 win against Houston in the AFC Divisional Round.

Among the biggest concerns in stopping Henry is the availability of defensive tackle Chris Jones, who missed last week’s game with a calf njury and is questionable for Sunday. He has been day-to-day throughout the week, but returned to practice Friday in a limited capacity.

Our expert Chiefs analyst, Nick Jacobs, offers his weekly game plan based on extensive film study about how Kansas City can attack the Titans and win the game.

The stakes are high, especially for the Hunt family. The AFC Championship Trophy bears late Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt’s name and his son, current Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt, will serve as the pregame Drum Honoree once again with actor and devoted fan Paul Rudd helping pump up the crowd.

Hopefully, it will be a divine day for the Chiefs.

The Chiefs’ coaches and players had plenty to say about the matchup this week.

Hear from coach Andy Reid and select players:

Hear more from Reid plus assistant coaches and another batch of players:

Hear from Reid again and even more players:

All week, our sports and news teams have delivered the goods when it comes to getting you set to enjoy the big game.

Meet the Grain Valley couple living in a house divided this week.

We’ve also highlighted the Chiefs’ connection with fans, including a young fan with cancer who received a special gift from the team and another who’s got a unique homage to Mahomes.

Speaking of Mahomes, learn about how his mom, Randi, is helping a local charity.

Fans wanting playoff swag can benefit charity with replica banners from the city or stroll through the stadium gates among the first 50,000 fans.

Maybe you just want a cool picture for Instagram:

Don’t miss our stories about devoted, perhaps even Hall of Fans worthy, Chiefs-lovers as well as those with some unique superstitions (don’t stop now!) and also superstitions that unfortunately were stolen.

There are also the crazy ways the team inspires it fans, from art to parody songs, there’s no doubt the Chiefs are the talk of the red-splashed town with fans taking over at times.

Fans had fun — some perhaps a little too much — thanks to rookie safety Juan Thornhill’s generous offer.

It’s even been a boon for local businesses, drawing out-of-town fans to town for the chance to see Kansas City make history.

Now, with East Texas also behind the Chiefs, former players from Super Bowl IV eager for company in the franchise’s inner circle of champions and former cheerleaders ready to cheer again, it’s almost game time at Arrowhead.

Here’s hoping the Chiefs will need those fireworks delivered by Sluggerrr to KC Wolf from across the Truman Sports Complex.

And hopefully a chunk of left tackle Eric Fisher’s eventual share of winnings for another postseason win will be put to good use again.

If you didn’t score a ticket or if you did and happen to have a TV at your tailgate in the Arrowhead Stadium parking lot, tune in for 90 minutes of pregame coverage starting at 10 a.m. on 41 Action News. That includes the Hy-Vee Chiefs Insider Show at 10:30 a.m.

The Kansas City, Missouri, police and Missouri Department of Transportation have plans in place to fans safe.

Enjoy it Chiefs Kingdom. It should be a special day!