Okay, this should probably say contain Tom Brady, not stop him, as nobody can stop Brady. Just focused on the Titans. The Titans hold their fate in their own hands. Obviously, every team that's playing, I mean, there are eight teams left.
Tom Brady has a 6-1 career record against the Titans, throwing for 13 TDs and one interception. It was a Saturday night game. I couldn't feel my feet.
The Titans also have not beaten the Patriots since 2002 - losing each of the teams' last six meetings - and haven't won in Foxboro since 1993, before the franchise moved from Houston.
You rarely go into Arrowhead Stadium and come back from an 18-point halftime deficit to win, as Tennessee did last weekend.
Mariota, who had an 87-yard touchdown run in 2015, his rookie season, ran for 60 yards on 10 carries in the regular-season finale. It was ideal, yet somehow the ball eluded Bennett's hands. For the first half of the game, the Titans appeared to be an easy elimination, but they put things together in a big way in the second half. He was an assistant coach on Jeff Fisher's staff that game.
Divisional round games continue on Sunday with the AFC North champion Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3), who like the Patriots and Eagles had a first-round bye, hosting AFC South victor Jacksonville Jaguars (11-6).
So fast forward to Saturday's game.
Twins, reliever Reed agree to 2-year deal
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Twins have come to an agreement on a two-year contract with Addison Reed . The AL average past year was 1.31, but not surprisingly, relievers were quite a bit lower (1.17) than starters (1.4).
A report in ESPN claimed that the relationship between Brady, Belichick and owner Robert Kraft had become strained as a effect of "serious disagreements" between the trio, concerning the quarterback's trainer, body coach and business partner Alex Guerrero, the long-term plan at quarterback and the trade of Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers - as well as the veteran head coach's style.
Since the Patriots and Titans met in that historically cold playoff game 14 years ago this week, they've been relative strangers, which adds some mystery to the divisional round matchup Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.
Jones played 439 snaps with the New England defense in 2017 41 percent of the time. They are treating this game as a bye week.
But since 2001, quarterbacks making their first or second career playoff start are 0-7 against New England. He has to avoid interceptions and fumbles. To me, a steady diet of Derrick Henry (DeMarco Murray has already been ruled out) with some Mariota runs mixed in is a recipe to keep things close.
The offensive line has to have its most productive game and the receivers have to hold on to the football.
This week's Samsonite Make Your Case question is: Which member of the Titans offense will be toughest for the Patriots defense to deal with? Unfortunately for them, they have not been quite as successful when it comes to defending opposing arms (25th ranked passing defense). If Tennessee is to run the ball, control clock and limit New England's possessions, there's a good chance Lewan and Conklin will plow that path. After all, this is the playoffs and this is Tom Brady. By comparison, Mariota is 24 years old and has one playoff win.
Though he has now surpassed his idol and San Francisco 49ers legend Joe Montana, who won four Super Bowl titles, debate still remains as to who is the greatest quarterback of all time, Montana having never lost on the biggest stage while Brady has tasted defeat twice. "He's been that a long time".
Joe Biddle is a WKRN.com sports columnist. The Pats also have to communicate effectively to combat the Titans' assortment of stunts and blitz patterns.