Another divisional round, another Saturday home game for the Patriots

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But that hasn't changed the approach for Brady, who is preparing for his 35th playoff start in the aftermath of recent reports suggesting discord between himself, coach Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft. But Brady says he's never doubted his team's ability to compartmentalize potential distractions.

"Again, I think it's going to be about how we play and not necessarily where we're playing", he added. Nothing really should get in the way of that. Carson Wentz still led the league in TDs despite missing a good afew games left of the season.

Now the stakes get higher for the inexperienced Titans, but that doesn't mean they don't have personnel that can cause some problems.

"Nobody respects us. Nobody really expects a lot from us". "We haven't been a very successful team in the last 10 years".

"I'm just trying to play better every week", Henry said. And the New Orleans defense didn't come to fruition until Week 3.

Brady, who is 14-0 in the playoffs when he has a quarterback rating of at least 95.0, finished the season with a 102.8 rating, completing 66.3 percent of his passes and throwing for 4,577 yards, 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Where everyone else saw a blowout Wild Card loss developing, this Titans team saw an opportunity to make a statement by refusing to back down and continuing to fight for their coach and for each other.

- In front of his locker last week, Eric Rowe elucidated the philosophy that has been New England's defensive backbone for years now.

"When it comes down to it, it's all about us", Mariota said. "I think he saw that, and, obviously, he's a quick, fast learner". If you've seen it, let us know what you thought of the film in the comments section below.


Mariota, the 2014 Heisman victor, and Derrick Henry, the 2015 Heisman victor, combined to turn in the best rushing performance in franchise history in the wild-card round.

Defense:Derrick Henry (22) ran all over KC last week for 156 yards and a TD.

DeMarco Murray already has been declared out for a third straight game for Tennessee, leaving the backfield to Henry.

The Titans were able to engineer an fantastic upset against the Kansas City Chiefs to advance out of the wildcard weekend and will travel to Foxborough, MA.

Veteran OLB Brian Orakpo has had a down year statistically with only 7.0 sacks, but 2.5 of those sacks have come in the last two games. Linebackers Brian Orakpo (seven) and Wesley Woodyard (five) give the Titans a variety of options to attack Brady, not counting backup linebacker Erik Walden (four). "We get another chance to play against a great team in a good environment". That's more such players than 11 other playoff teams combined (13). Henry scored the game-winning touchdown versus Jacksonville two weeks ago to clinch a playoff spot for the Titans.

But just because the Titans pulled out an impressive road win in the National Football League playoffs doesn't mean they'll stay within the spread at New England.

The respect between the two is mutual. Brady's heorics get overshadowed by Malcolm Butler's interception and Brady's even more impressive comeback against Atlanta, but it was still one of the most impressive performances in history. "We show up to work and try to do the best we can do". Defensively, the Patriots are yielding 18.5 points and 366.0 total yards (251.2 in passing and 114.8 in rushing) per game.

The three pillars of the Patriots dynasty, who have delivered five Super Bowl titles since 2002, have pushed back hard against the revelations, which included a claim that Brady had pushed for understudy Jimmy Garoppolo to be traded against Belichick's wishes.

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