Underdog Titans face New England Patriots on CBS

Jan 13 2018 Foxborough MA USA Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Jack Conklin is tended to during the first half the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit George Walker IV /The Tenness

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A native of Jackson, Miss.

The Titans haven't had much success against the Patriots, either.

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In trying to limit their own mistakes, the Patriots excel at forcing opponents into miscues of their own, especially at home.

But offense won't be the issue for the Titans on Saturday night. His first memory is one that likely defines that contest: "It was extremely cold".

In fact, it was one of the coldest games in National Football League history at 4 degrees and a wind chill well below zero.

They surrendered 5.63 points per red zone possession; in their 13 wins, that number was 3.43 points per possession. "But I feel like if we're on our stuff and we're just ready to go, I feel like it's going to be a really good game, and we can come out with a victory". It's the fifth time in Patriots history they have been a double-digit home favourite in a postseason game.

The Vikings defense will seemingly match-up well against the Saints offense but it will depend on how well the Saints running back core hold up.

Although it typically hasn't impacted the bottom line, the New England Patriots have had trouble slamming on the brakes against mobile quarterbacks this season. The lone loss came December 16, 2002, which was his second season as a starter. Tennessee put up a rushing TD in between to keep up, and trailed 14-7 at halftime. Sure, if things get out of hand, Josh McDaniels should dial up the run to keep Brady healthy, but don't over complicate things if you're the Patriots.

"I don't think you take it for granted".

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King played over 30 minutes in each of the last two games, and on Wednesday pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds. The two teams last met on February 18, 2017 when the Red Raiders lost 83-74 in double overtime.

Defenses settled down in the second half.

By winning their last four games, the Patriots captured the top seed in the AFC.

It was a matter of field position and avoiding mistakes to finish.

Tennessee were underdogs last weekend, and they'll be even less fancied this time out in Foxboro.

"We felt like we had an opportunity to win it", George said.

The Patriots removed Hogan from the injury report, and he will play for the first time since December 11, when he caught one pass for one yard in a 27-20 loss to the Dolphins. Brady is 11-2 in 13 divisional-round games since 2002, passing for 3,700 yards and 28 touchdowns. In fact, things like this usually give New England more motivation to crush the rest of the league. But with DeMarco Murray injured, Henry's now showing what he can do. It was flawless, yet somehow the ball eluded Bennett's hands. Turnover on downs. The comeback drive was unsuccessful. "A good amount of times this year, we haven't been that good, and that showed up". This will be a point of emphasis for Belichick and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.

Cam Newton and the Panthers beat them.

How could there be shakiness found in Brady, the reigning Super Bowl MVP, the heavy favourite to be named MVP of this season, the lodestone of a dynasty creeping towards the completion of its second decade? "You do all the meetings, and walk-throughs, and March, April, May, June try to work out and be prepared for the season, and you get through it and you make it through a whole season and have a chance to compete with everything at stake", he said.

Ryan had his worst game of his MVP season a year ago in Atlanta's 24-15 loss in Philly on November 13, 2016. We will see why in the next few weeks. This documentary is going to focus on the race against time that Brady is in. Stout play from Malcom Brown, Lawrence Guy and maybe Alan Branch assuming he returns will go a long way toward eliminating Henry from the equation.

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