Patriots-Titans News, Notes & Fun Facts


Eyewitness News also met fans from Texas and Hawaii, showing that New England Nation extends far beyond the region's borders.

The Patriots have Tom Brady and his NFL-record 25 career playoff wins.

Quarterback Marcus Mariota was the beneficiary of a couple of dubious calls last week but did make some spectacular plays, nearly reminding one that he won the Heisman Trophy with the Oregon Ducks, but he has been even more inconsistent than Henry during his three-year professional career. Still, if there is one thing the Patriots have done better than most under Belichick, it is quieting the noise.

Chris Hogan should be back to team up with Tom Brady on Saturday.

But should we dismiss Tennessee so quickly?

Now the entire Patriots team could come down with a bad case of food poisoning or the flu but this one is likely to be a rout that will end the Titans season after their Kansas City miracle last week. The Titans haven't won at New England since 1993 and have covered just one of their past five there. Granted, he makes each upcoming opponent seem like the 1960s Green Bay Packers. The Patriots schemed to take Henry away, and it worked.

The Titans believed Mariota would give them a chance to shock the world, but his teammates and coaches didn't do a ton to help him out. The Jaguars (11-6) and Steelers (13-3) meet in the post-season for just the second time, and first since Jacksonville stunned Pittsburgh 31-29 at Heinz Field in the wild-card round of the 2007 playoffs. Yeah, the Titans can play.

Leading 14-7, the Patriots stretched their lead to 14 just before halftime thanks to a trio of careless penalties on the Titans.

Mariota may not have playoff experience but he makes things happen, both with his arm and his feet.

The Patriots put a spy on Mariota, which kept him in the pocket, and Mariota said the Patriots covered well. "But, you know, he's a very strong-armed quarterback, he can extend plays, he can scramble to run or he can get out of trouble and then find his receivers downfield". Linebackers Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo lead the pass rush for Tennessee, with 7.5 and 7.0 sacks respectively.

The Patriots and Titans Divisional Round playoff game will kick off at 8:15 PM on CBS.

What's important about this game is that Jimmy Garoppolo is getting paid for New England's victory. It's not scaring off bettors so far as the New England Patriots are taking more than 70 per cent of the early action. After all, he was a member of the Patriots for a few years before becoming a Titan. Good luck defending Dion Lewis and Rob Gronkowski tonight, Tennessee.

The Titans offense was held in check after the first quarter, but Tennessee scored with less than 2-minutes left in the game when Davis caught an 11-yard toss from Mariota, making the final score 35-14.

Kraft, Belichick and Brady have been together since 2000, and been instrumental in a dominant run by the franchise.