Patriots fans travel thousands of miles for showdown with Titans


Tom Brady passed for three touchdowns and 337 yards, and New England cruised past Tennessee 35-14 on Saturday night to advance to its seventh consecutive conference title game. "That was. first of all, that's a very, very hard play to make, and that shows you his skill set, his athletic ability - to be able to throw the ball, have it knocked down and be able to catch it where he caught it, and go in and run [on] a scoring dive, it shows his athletic ability". There's going to be times that that happens.

New England had 438 yards compared to the Titans 267. It's the fifth time in Patriots history they have been a double-digit home favourite in a postseason game. They're 12-0 this season in that scenario. Mariota said the Titans can learn a lot from a game with a battle tested team like the Patriots.

Their first postseason appearance since 2008 eventually got off to a good start last Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

Who the Public Likes: New England. Despite a 13-3 record, New England is 20th in the league in rush defense (1,836 yards allowed, 114.8 ypg) and it has yet to face a ball carrier of Henry's stature. In total, Marcus Mariota was sacked seven times.

The report comes a week after the Patriots denied there was friction among the trio, which reportedly stemmed from a dispute over the trade of backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to San Francisco earlier this season.

This season the Titans didn't have a great defense, but they do have players that can find their way to the opposing quarterback.

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If he's back to 100 percent effectiveness, Hogan can provide another dimension for Tom Brady in an already risky Patriots offense which features Cooks, Rob Gronkowski, and Dion Lewis among many others. Meanwhile, prior to beating the Kansas City Chiefs in comeback fashion in the wild-card round, Tennessee hadn't won a road playoff game since 2004.

Other players who were limited in practice this week: defensive linemen Alan Branch (Knee) and Eric Lee (Ankle/ Finger), and wide receiver Chris Hogan (Shoulder).

The Patriots made it 28-7 in the third quarter on Brandon Bolden's 2-yard touchdown run up the middle and increased the lead to 35-7 on Rob Gronkowski's 4-yard touchdown catch with 10:22 left in the fourth. Last week against the Chiefs, running back Derrick Henry rolled up 156 yards on the ground.

Could this be the last run for this Patriots group?

The Patriots are fighting: ESPN published a story last week saying there is serious conflict among owner Bob Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. He's been far more effective than DeMarco Murray for most of the season, and now that he's in the featured role, the Titans can better employ their smash-mouth style and have a better chance of winning.

That shouldn't bother Mike Mularkey's team.