No ‘nostalgia’ for Tom Brady, but Patriots era could be over


It's the first time New England hasn't had a first-round bye in the National Football League playoffs since 2009.

It took a while for the Tennessee Titans to figure out how to use Derrick Henry. The story in the Titans locker room was one of a team that looked hapless at 2-4 in October, now gets.

After not being utilized almost enough at the start of the season, Henry has secured the NFL's rushing title, and now totals 1,722 rushing yards between the regular season and the postseason. He had no role on the touchdown, Tannehill's pass to a Harvard man, tight end Anthony Firkser that made it 7-3. Now they are playing in the Wild Card for the first time in ten years.

New England counterpunched with its own 75-yard drive, taking temporary control of the game by victimizing Tennessee's defense on the outside.

"That has to be the formula", Vrabel said about the Titans' reliance on the run.

New England drove to the Tennessee one-yard line but Titan defenders forced the hosts to settle for a 21-yard Folk field goal 2min 16sec before half-time. His completion percentage was his lowest mark since 2004, and his yards per attempt average (6.6) was his lowest since 2002.

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Both clubs were able to put up points on their first offensive drives of the night, but it was the Titans who reached the end zone first before both defenses appeared to clamp down as the first half rolled along. The game clock restarts after penalties during the first 10 minutes of a quarter. He also clarified that putting his family's MA home up for sale wasn't any indication that he wanted to leave New England.

There would be no scoring by either team in the second half. This chart would indicate the only quarterback with more regular-season wins against Brady is Peyton Manning with six. Ryan Tannehill has beaten Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots five times, four with Miami. The 24-year-old ranks sixth all-time in touchdown receptions and ninth all-time in school history in receiving yards. That gave the Titans a 14-13 lead going into halftime.

Henry finished with 34 carries and a postseason franchise record 182 yards. His 16 rushing touchdowns also led the NFL. I'm not going to shy away from it. "Even if you're going to the Super Bowl it's the same feeling". They feast on bad football. "I don't think I'm the only one in that category".

After winning their first eight games, the Patriots struggled mightily in the second half of the schedule. There's only been one game where they've surrendered 30 or more points and that was the Baltimore Ravens.

When asked about the makeup of the Patriots' roster, and how the offense failed to perform in the final two losses to the Dolphins and Titans, Belichick defended the makeup of the team and had few regrets about its performance.