NFL Playoffs: All Eyes On Marcus Mariota vs New England Patriots

Annette Crawford
January 14, 2018

Tennessee initially forced a three-and-out but gave up a first down with a fourth-and-5 neutral zone infraction on Brynden Trawick before New England's punt attempt.

The best offshore sportsbook players were picking the Pats to make the playoffs this season, and here they are.

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are headed back to the AFC Championship.

Then came the really big momentum - and officiating - switch, which enabled the Patriots to extend their lead to 21-7 late in the second quarter on a four-yard touchdown pass from Brady to receiver Chris Hogan.

"Noooo", he responded sarcastically, when a reporter asked about Brady's name being mentioned in a negative light.

"I've been around long enough - 18 years", Brady said.

The New England Patriots were the better team in every department - coaching, offense and defense - in their 35-14 win.

Ben Roethlisberger had the worst game of his career in that October loss to the Jags. It also brought out some of the best football in his teammates. The Patriots best bet would be to build up an early lead and force teams to throw the ball because their weakness against the run doesn't matter if Marcus Mariota needs to pass to keep pace with New England. I firmly believe that because of the work he puts in. "To make it this far, that's extremely promising, but we can't do that again in the 2018 season".

Seeing what the Titans were able to do against the Chiefs, don't let anything slide in this game.

"Everybody plays with something", he said.

The pressure is all on Brady and his Patriots, but he's so used to that by now.

"You don't play to come and lose in the divisional playoff". "We had to get out of some of our scheme with him". "Obviously, this is the blueprint". Pittsburgh has lost five straight games against New England, including a recent Week 15 matchup.

With the victory, New England, as well as Lone Star State alums Marcellus Bennett (Alief Taylor), Malcom Brown (Brenham), and Eric Rowe (Spring Klein), positioned themselves to face the victor of Sunday's Jacksonville-Pittsburg matchup in the upcoming AFC Championship game - a rematch of the NFL Week 5. Overall, the Patriots went 13-3 during the regular season, and performed nearly as well in Vegas going 12-5 against the spread. The Steelers are the new Peyton Manning team, at least for now, which means start chewing on your fingernails. In the receiving end, Rob Gronkowski posted 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns in 106 69 receptions while Brandin Cooks added 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns. It was his 10th career postseason TD. But it's the most for a tight end. He showed his mobility and his guts in some of those runs and also had the key block on the play that resulted in a first down and sealed the victory.

But Gronkowski said it's not something that is even registering right now. Still relatively unknown, Henry remains underrated and offers great value on the individual markets.

"They're the champs and these are the types of teams you've got to beat if you want to be the champs", says Tennessee coach Mike Mularkey, who is 0-5 against the Patriots.

Divisional Round Saturday night in Foxboro has become something of an National Football League tradition.

Titans safety Kevin Byard said they allowed Brady to control the game. "We were giving up too much, especially on early downs".

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