Patriots disregard distractions, make seventh straight AFC title game after routing Titans


"It was a great team win overall", Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said on CBS. But it may have been dealing with an easier target than expected.

Safety Duron Harmon and his buddies on the New England defense know they have to deal with Marcus Mariota's "unique skill" set when the Tennessee Titans visit the Patriots for Saturday night's AFC divisional playoff game.

"This is a good test for our football team", Mularkey said, "but these are the type of games you have to win".

Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans head to Foxboro this weekend to challenge the New England Patriots.

Mularkey said he was happy with the job offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie did in 2017.

The Titans actually struck first in this game, driving 95 yards for a 7-0 edge - rookie Corey Davis' first career touchdown - to quiet the crowd.

The three men most responsible for turning the New England Patriots into a perennial power will wait until after the season to settle any differences, according to a report Saturday.

Mariota had two touchdown passes in the wild-card game, one actually to himself after he caught a pass batted up in the air by Darrelle Revis and took it into the end zone.

"Everybody played with something", the QB told reporters.

"He's a step-up guy, so you want to get that penetration up the middle and don't allow him to go outside on the edge", Flowers said, adding that the coverage in the secondary was crucial in taking away Mariota's first read.

For the Pittsburgh Steelers, they'll be waiting until tomorrow afternoon for their chance to play in back-to-back AFC Championships. Conklin was a first-round draft pick by the team in 2016.

There was only one cliff in New England last night, and Tom Brady and the Patriots booted the Tennessee Titans right off of it.

The Titans, who entered the postseason with a negative point-differential of minus-22, looked the part from the second quarter on. Beating Tom Brady and the Patriots in the playoffs is almost impossible.

Against Jacksonville on December 31, Henry made up for a rough day running by taking a screen 66 yards for a touchdown.

Brady was 35-of-53 passing for 337 yards and three touchdowns as he won his 26th playoff game, which is 10 clear of Joe Montana for the most all-time.

"I've been around long enough", Brady said. It gave the Patriots a first down, the momentum back and ultimately led to a touchdown. "So, 18 years, there's so many nice things said about me". After a slow start, he looked dialed in and focused, despite decent early pressure from the Titans, a few missed throws and some dropped passes along the way to victory.

Brady had put up 206 yards and two touchdowns, while running backs White and Dion Lewis had 131 scrimmage yards. In his sixth season with the team, it was just the 10th postseason carry for Bolden and his first career playoff touchdown.

The Patriots will face the victor between Jacksonville and Pittsburgh in the AFC Championship- their seventh consecutive trip to the conference title game. It was the ideal example of what Mariota is to the Titans: Everything.

Patriots receiver Danny Amendola hasn't noticed any change in Brady. But whatever he's been doing with Brady to keep the superstar quarterback on top of his game even at an advanced age, it's obviously working.