Consequently, they may need that effort again on Saturday to advance to the AFC Championship Game.
You can watch the National Football League playoffs on Sky this year as they'll be broadcasting all the games live. The Titans struggle defensively with two things: Running backs that catch the ball well in the passing game and tight ends.
Particularly after that ESPN.com article was published last week, insinuating, among other things, Brady was behind strong-arming coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft into trading away his supposed heir apparent, Jimmy Garoppolo, earlier this season because he felt threatened by him.
None of that showed on the field Saturday. Unfortunately, Brady is convinced that he was what it takes to play for another 5 years. "It just goes with the territory".
New England fell behind 7-0 after the team's first two offensive drives failed to produce points. Lewis gained 14 more yards through the air on the very next play, setting up James White for a 5-yard touchdown catch two plays later. Despite continued conjecture about the state of the Patriots, there is a unified resolve now that it's nearly game time.
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"It had an impact", Mularkey said. "We want to make noise while we're here". Veteran running back DeMarco Murray is out for the second straight game, leaving the load to Henry. And when it comes to the Patriots, these types of stories tend to pull the franchise together, giving them all a common enemy, instead of planting seeds of dismay.
Devin McCourty (left) and the rest of the Patriots defense will have their hands full Saturday night against Titans dual-threat QB Marcus Mariota.
On paper this looks like a mismatch and it will probably look like that on the turf in New England.
History suggests the Titans can expect to be given a rough ride today in their AFC divisional round. Fourteen Patriots players have played at least 10 playoff games. But officials later changed the call to a neutral zone infraction on Titans safety Brynden Trawick.
There's a reason the Tennessee Titans drafted receiver Corey Davis with the fifth overall pick. Mariota had a pair of 11-yard runs to help set up the score. He did not return.
The Patriots shipped Brissett (remember him?), the third string quarterback in training camp to the Indianapolis Colts for receiver Phillip Dorsett in early September.
In the regular season, Mariota completed 62.3 percent of his passes for 3,098 yards and 12 touchdowns against 15 interceptions, and ran four 252 yards and five touchdowns. With the inconsistent play from the Titans this season, it's not surprising that the Patriots - who have much more experience in postseason play - are expected to win by quite a bit. Friendly giant Rob Gronkowski got six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown. It was his 10th career postseason TD. In the receiving end, Delanie Walker and Rishard Lewis finished with the 788 yards each and combined for seven touchdowns.