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Henry teamed with quarterback Marcus Mariota to pile up a franchise-record 202 yards rushing for a postseason game. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FOXBOROUGH, Mass.

As long as the opponent isn't the New York Giants, the Patriots have fared quite well in the Brady/Belichick era going up against an opponent as inferior - at least on paper - as these Tennessee Titans in the playoffs.

Brady will try to lead his team to its seventh straight conference title game Saturday when it hosts the Tennessee Titans in the divisional round.

He also is 6-0 against Mike Mularkey-coached teams.

After days spent issuing joint statements and then he and Tom Brady making the rounds doing radio interviews to discredit and deny the contents of the January 5 story from ESPN detailing the supposed "internal power struggle in New England", Belichick declared he and his team were "all in" preparing for the Titans.

With players like linebackers Brian Orakpo and Wesley Woodyard, along with defensive tackle Jurrell Casey, Tom Brady will need to have his offensive line in full protection force. It doesn't really matter what happens outside of this facility, and what we're trying to accomplish.

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Patriots receiver Danny Amendola hasn't noticed any change in Brady. Let the man do what he does better than anybody, ever...win playoff games.

Currently, the Titans are -13.5-point underdogs for Saturday's divisional round game at Gillette Stadium. That year they lost to the Baltimore Ravens as the three seed, but this year they maintain their streak and will face the Tennessee Titans.

"To me, it's just like prepping for another regular season game, but I know it's not", Wise said, acknowledging the differences between the regular and postseasons. This is a playoff game. You know what I'm saying? It's a big task to go out and win a playoff game. I want to make him look like Blake Bortles if I can and try to catch a couple picks. "I'm not really looking at it like that".

"In 18 years, I've never celebrated when someone has been traded, been cut", the 40-year-old added, describing the report as "completely wrong". The 16- year age gap between them is the largest between starting quarterbacks in a playoff game in National Football League history. And the New Orleans defense didn't come to fruition until Week 3.

"I'm used to it now", Ryan said about returning home. Though he is old, he can still play with the younger guys and bully them around with his strength as he did to Jets Wide Receiver Robby Anderson late in the season. Atlanta, who blew a 25-point lead in an overtime loss to New England in last year's Super Bowl, scored a 26-13 wildcard victory over the NFC West champion Los Angeles Rams.

Brady had two touchdown passes in that game, but was also sacked twice. One of the biggest keys for the Titans will center on how well they perform in the red zone, where the Titans ranked 25th in the regular season. "Whether you're pressuring or whether you're going coverage, if he knows where you're going, he's probably going to be pretty effective". Unfortunately, Brady is convinced that he was what it takes to play for another 5 years. Each play of the game is important, but the only way that you can have a lot of good plays on game day is by the practice week. "This is what you work for, is to get to this position", Belichick concluded. Your coaches have put a lot on you.

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