New England Patriots vs Tennessee Titans

  • New England Patriots vs Tennessee Titans

New England Patriots vs Tennessee Titans

New England's victory came on the heels of a week filled with turmoil following reports of discord involving Brady, coach Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft.

New England strung together one first down after another, converting 11-of-17 third down chances and winding up with nearly five more minutes of possession time.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates after a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter in the AFC Divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium.

Mariota suffered the injury on a first-quarter run, according to Titans coach Mike Mularkey.

On the other side of the ball, the Titans' offense didn't have enough early punch, outside of an impressive 95-yard drive in the first quarter that was capped by Corey Davis' tremendous one-handed touchdown catch. They are team that has been through some UGLY games this season. "The NFL -- they control (the game clock)", he said. The sudden embarrassment of riches in the receiving corps means that it's becoming more unlikely by the day that second-year receiver Malcolm Mitchell, who had such a productive second half in Super Bowl LI last year, will make it back to the 53-man roster before the season's out. They need to score touchdowns early to avoid a blowout loss, because the Patriots rarely lose leads and they won't succumb to the pressure and collapse like Kansas City did last week.

New England has 41 players with postseason experience, most of 2017 playoff teams.

A poor punt gave the Patriots the ball at the Tennessee 48, and Brady led them into the end zone six plays later. "It's tough to get in a hole and dig yourself out". White racked up 40 total yards and scored two touchdowns, one on the ground and one in the passing game. He completed all five passes for 67 yards, including the last four to running backs for 55 yards.

Gronkowski caught a 4-yard touchdown pass with 10:22 left in the fourth quarter to put the Patriots in front 35-7.

Next week they will face off with either the Jacksonville Jaguars or Pittsburgh Steelers who will see each other on the field Sunday afternoon in a battle to continue their run toward the Super Bowl.

"We'll be ready for next week", defensive tackle Fletcher Cox said.

Playoff heroes new and old minted their names in Patriots postseason lore. When I think about Danny Amendola, he's all heart.

The longest-lasting dynasty in National Football League history, a reign of dominance that began in 2001 and shows no signs of ending despite a 40-year-old quarterback at the controls of the offense, continued Saturday night with yet another masterful performance from the Patriots. New England had the momentum as they took a 14-7 lead over the Titans.

"You can't make those mistakes against a really good team that's waiting for you to do it", said Mularkey, whose job was reportedly in jeopardy even after reaching the playoffs. "Our work will be cut out for us keeping them contained and hopefully giving them some things that can cause them some problems". (Punter Brett) Kern, (place-kicker Ryan) Succop, (punt and kickoff returner Adoree) Jackson have all had really good years for them.

It has often been said that to be the best, you have to beat the best.