Follow the Tennessee Titans in the National Football League playoffs on KHON2

Jose Verdugo
Enero 13, 2018

When New England quarterback Tom Brady won his first Lombardi Trophy, Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota was in elementary school.

So it is, apparently, that the walls around the championship fortress in Foxborough, Mass., are crumbling - one of the greatest dynasties in team sports careening toward unceremonious extinction. Additionally, the Patriots are 20-4 (.833) at home in the playoffs. But what would be the challenge in that?

"With social media nowadays, you don't really have an option but to see what people say", Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan said. So, sure, why not?

The two teams will play in the AFC Division on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 3:15 p.m. HST on CBS. The Patriots are remarkably healthy and vastly more experienced all around, so they're probably going to blowout the Titans. So Mariota will have to throw a clean game Saturday for the Titans to have a chance.

Granted, those three performances came early in the season, when the Patriots' defense was in disarray.

As for the Brady-Mariota matchup, it marks the second time they will face each other, though Mariota injured his knee early in the first matchup - a 33-16 Patriots win on December 20, 2015 - and played only 19 snaps that day.

Hogan had been off to a strong start this season, catching 33 passes for 438 yards and five touchdowns over the first eight games.

That's right: The blocking of Tennessee's quarterback is part of how the Patriots could be upset Saturday.

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"It's very important to understand that once he feels that pressure on the outside, he's going to step up, and if you don't counter with him or come inside with him, he's able to make plays with his legs", defensive end Trey Flowers said of Mariota. Is 1 of 5 QBs in National Football League history with 9,000+ pass yards (9,476) & 900+ rush yards (913) in 1st 3 seasons. Tennessee's offense is simply too limited, and it would only make sense that Belichick and Matt Patricia gear up to stop the run and force Mariota to beat them with his arm. "We show up to work and try to do the best we can do", he said. But they'll need more. Newcomer Stephon Gilmore has also looked to be an awkward fit at times ... it's not a good sign when your top two cornerbacks were benched at different points in the season due to poor play. Not so much (though Tennessee is willing to joke about it).

Question: Why did you decide to mimic Chris Johnson's touchdown celebration after you scored against the Chiefs? Mariota also threw a touchdown to Eric Decker from the 22.

Manish Mehta with the New York Daily News, wrote this on Friday morning: "Tom Brady will unleash holy hell on the poor Titans". Because the Patriots are still monsters of offensive production.

He had 13 picks in four years with the Patriots.

"Oh, we had a cup of coffee this morning and talked about some things", Mularkey said Tuesday. "I think we're only starting to scratch the surface". "I'll say that, leave it at that". Jones-Drew is in the minority, although his NFL Network colleague Steve Wyche said the Titans "have a shot against the Patriots", albeit a "long shot". Derrick Henry is a big, physical back who can pile up yards if he's allowed to get going. Henry will find it tough to get anything going and will finish the day with fewer than 75 rushing yards.

Henry, the 2015 Heisman Trophy victor, broke out last week with DeMarco Murray sidelined, rushing for 156 yards on 23 carries. The draft system and the salary cap are supposed to guarantee competitive parity - the good teams will see their wings clipped while the worst will be helped - but Belichick and Brady have combined to defy normality. Tennessee is better on defence than the Chiefs but not even close offensively.

Could this be the last run for this Patriots group?

And they will - regardless of this latest distraction.

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