Watch Tom Brady's epic hype video before playoff game

Annette Crawford
January 14, 2018

The Patriots, the defending Super Bowl champions, are the top seed and went 13-3 this season.

Tennessee has an AFC Divisional playoff game versus New England on Saturday at Gillette Stadium at Foxborough, Mass., and per ESPN NFL insider Ian Rapoport, Henry will be the starter at running back. Instead, Case Keenum stepped in, started 15 games and looked like he'd played like this all his career: 22 touchdowns, seven interceptions, a passer rating of 98.3. The Titans have 18.

"They've been to the playoffs a lot, great organization", Henry said of the Patriots.

After rushing for 156 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries in last week's wild-card win over the Chiefs, Henry is ready to carry the load again with DeMarco Murray still out with a knee injury. This decade, the Patriots have ranked 25th or worse in yards allowed four times. New England's defense has actually failed to force a turnover in three of its last four down the stretch so if Mariota can keep that number down, then Tennessee can keep the number of possessions down while increasing the Titans' chances to win. The Titans defense prevented the Chiefs from scoring for the entire second half and QB Marcus Mariota and RB Derrick Henry lit up the Chiefs in the second half for three unanswered touchdowns.

The first, and I promised the last time, I covered the Patriots-Titans in a divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium was on January 10, 2004. This week Murray has not practiced and is already ruled out for what should be the last game of the Titans season. The Pats have until Friday at 4 pm ET to activate Mitchell for the game on Saturday.

The Patriots are rested after securing a first-round bye.

"I know people are counting us out, but I think this is the kind of team people make movies about", Titans tackle Taylor Lewan told reporters. No one really gave the Titans a chance on the road against the Chiefs, and they won because Marcus Mariota chose to become his own wide receiver. This week it's more.

Talk about the Patriots ahead of their playoff bow against Tennessee this weekend should be of a steamroller of a team looking good for back-to-back Super Bowl triumphs. That's more such players than 11 other playoff teams combined (13).

The Patriots gained one corner this past offseason and lost another in Logan Ryan to the Tennessee Titans. Johnson said. "Going from being a rotational guy and to starting and being the first person out there to get a feel of the game, it helps to get that first series, get a feel of it and assess what you've got from the drive. It's a gradual process".

The Patriots' leading tackler this season has been S Devin McCourty, who quietly provides some of the best safety play in the league every year.

"I wouldn't use that word, no", Belichick said.

It's a major improvement for the 2016 43rd overall pick out of Penn State, who was inactive in six of the first nine games of his rookie season previous year. I think there has been a lot of hype surrounding our team all season. "He's been that a long time". But at some point, you've got to hit some of these holes that are there, and they're not big all the time.

"You don't take anything for granted. No one's going to be able to do it for you". Belichick isn't likely to let his team be overwhelmed by distractions.

"It's not about playoff experience, it's about playoff execution, " Slater said. "But it is always fun when you are playing football". It's not about what you've accomplished in the regular season or over the course of your career.

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