Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Another divisional round, another Saturday home game for the Patriots

Another divisional round, another Saturday home game for the Patriots

The top seeded New England Patriots will host the Tennessee Titans in an AFC Divisional Round matchup on Saturday.

If you look at this Patriots team, how it overcame a 2-2 start, including two home losses (in fact, they were lucky to beat the Texans in Game 3 at Gillette Stadium), you respect their position even more. The Titans will have to play a near-flawless game on Saturday evening in order to pull off another major upset. His first memory is one that likely defines that contest: "It was extremely cold".

Many people are surprised it is the Titans whom the Patriots are hosting this weekend.

Brady has had an MVP season so far in 2017, but over the last few games, he's forced some throws that led to interceptions.

The Patriots had the NFL's 20th-ranked rush defense during the regular season, allowing a 100-yard rusher four times. George said the Patriots hoped to force co-MVP Steve McNair into turnovers. Rob Gronkowski and Brandin Cooks each registered over 1,000 receiving yards for New England. "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". "They anticipated things we were going to do, even things we hadn't done before", George said.

"I think we have a job to do and we know what our job is and that's to go out and play football at a high level and play well", he said. "They have a good scheme, good attack and that's just good decision-making on his part".

Defenses settled down in the second half. Given Foles's inconsistency-McManus demonstrates in his piece how the former Pro Bowler is either excellent or absolutely bad without much in between-you might have expected the Eagles to keep the ball out of their quarterback's hands and give to running backs Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount.

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It was a matter of field position and avoiding mistakes to finish. "We're playing against a good team, divisional round, and I'm glad we earned the chance to be here to do it".

Rapoport said the tension came from the Garoppolo trade and Guerrero situation.

It was tied 14-all when wide receiver Derrick Mason caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Steve McNair. Road weariness could become a bit of an issue especially in another cold atmosphere in New England. It will take a combined effort from Alan Branch (back from injury), Elandon Roberts, Kyle Van Noy, and others to keep Henry contained.

On a fourth-and-12, McNair hit Drew Bennett from the Pats' 33-yard line in stride down the left sideline. Turnover on downs. The comeback drive was unsuccessful.

Every team has their star, but there are always players behind the scenes who can come up big in crucial times.

George said he believes the 2018 Patriots' defensive game plan won't change much from 2004, which means loading up to stop the run.

Britt has waited the longest out of any of the players to appear in a postseason game. We will see why in the next few weeks. Because that's how the Patriots win (or lose) Super Bowl, by the hairs of the chinny chin chins.

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