Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Fired-up Brady on mission as Patriots prepare to take on Titans

Fired-up Brady on mission as Patriots prepare to take on Titans

Where: Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, where the Patriots are 16-3 in playoff games (the first came against the Titans in 2003). The Titans have 18. There is no question that football is a passion of his, and he has stated that he would like to continue to play the game into his mid-40s.

Henry also had 85 yards in the fourth quarter, including a 35-yard touchdown, for the NFL's third-best rushing performance in the fourth quarter of a playoff game since the 1991 season.

The Patriots have been superb at home in the postseason with six straight wins in Foxborough.

The Titans finished this year's regular season with a 9-7 record to finish 2 in the AFC South.

MOVING ON UP: It will be Bill Belichick's 37th career playoff game as a head coach, breaking a tie with Tom Landry and Don Shula for the most in National Football League history. Tennessee starting quarterback Marcus Mariota left injured in the second quarter and didn't return.

Hogan attempted to return December 11 for the "Monday Night Football" game at Miami but caught one pass and was visibly limited. Mariota's passer rating was 79.3, and he completed 62 percent of his passes for 3,232 yards, 13 TDs and 15 INTs.

If his arrival time is any indication, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is ready to go for Saturday's divisional-round playoff game against the Tennessee Titans.

The Titans didn't even have a chance to enjoy upsetting Kansas City on the road.

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Durant finished with a game-high 26 points while Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 23 points in the loss. Milwaukee played some of its best ball with Antetokounmpo off the court.

The Titans were down 21-3 to the Kansas City Chiefs last Saturday before storming back for a 22-21 victory at Arrowhead Stadium. The problem teams have against the Patriots is scoring points.

That kind of dismissal, as you might imagine, has not gone over well in Tennessee. "We know there's a lot at stake and I think everyone's put a lot into it".

"If it's a one-on-one tackling situation, it's extremely hard to get him down in that instance", Patricia said. This week it's more. And that is exactly what former running back and NFL Network analyst Maurice Jones-Drew did when he predicted the Tennessee Titans will beat the New England Patriots.

EXPERIENCE GAP: New England has 41 players with postseason experience, most of 2017 playoff teams. "And we're 80-1?" Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan said. "It's a gradual process". (Punter Brett) Kern, (place-kicker Ryan) Succop, (punt and kickoff returner Adoree) Jackson have all had really good years for them. But his first three carries went backward, including a 12-yard loss that came dangerously close to a safety.

If we learned anything from last week, it is that the underdogs can not be underestimated. It's been that way for a long time.

"It's not like if he stays in the pocket he can't make throws, but when he escapes outside the pocket and he has the ability to run and throw, you honestly really don't have a shot to stop him, I think", McCourty said. No one is going to hand it to us. He says he feels good, but he knows it's not his decision whether he plays or not.

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). "You've got to try to square up and get him to fall sideways instead of forward". That's what made the 2015 Heisman Trophy victor calling his performance "kind of soft" in Tennessee's regular-season finale stand out.

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