Tennessee Titans v New England Patriots
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The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots host the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Divisional Playoffs.

Tennessee Titans (10-7) at New England Patriots (13-3)

History: Titans head to Foxborough for second time in 3 years as teams meet in postseason for third time…Including playoffs, Patriots have won 6 straight meetings in series dating back to ’03 (by combined 221-96 score)…Teams’ last meeting came in ’15, a 33-16 Patriots’ win at Foxborough…Including playoffs, Oilers/Titans have lost 5 straight road games in series dating back to ‘98 and are 1-9 in last 10 road tilts in series dating back to ‘81…

HISTORIC NOTE: Third postseason meeting between teams (Tied, 1-1), then-Houston Oilers (led by rookie RB Earl Campbell) handled Patriots, 31-14, in ‘78 AFC Divisional Playoffs at New England while Patriots posted 17-14 win in ‘03 AFC Divisional Playoffs at Foxborough…

Titans’ head coach Mike Mularkey: 1-0 in postseason play…Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick: 26-10 in postseason play (1-1 with Browns, 25-9 with Patriots)…

Postseason History: Titans: making 22nd overall playoff appearance (17th since merger), 15-19 in postseason play (13-16 since merger)…Patriots: making 25th overall playoff appearance (24th since merger), 32-19 in postseason play (31-18 since merger)…

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Numbers: TITANS: Defeated Chiefs, 22-21, in AFC Wild Card Playoffs last week…9-7 record, reached playoffs in ’17 (9-7 in ’16)… Including playoffs, 19-14 in last 33 games dating back to ’16 (5-27 from 2014-15)…Including playoffs, scored 246 points in 10 wins, 110 points in 7 losses in ’17…QB Marcus Mariota: Including playoffs, 8 TD passes, 10 INT in his last 8 games; Mariota: Including playoffs, 15 TD passes, 16 INT in 16 games in ’17 (26 TD passes, 9 INT in 15 games in ’16)…PATRIOTS: Off last week…13-3 record, won AFC East in ’17 (14-2, won Super Bowl LI in ’16)…Won 3 straight games…QB Tom Brady: Including playoffs, 144 TD passes, 33 INT in last 64 games (54-10) dating back to ‘14; 4 TD passes, 2 INT in first 4 games (2-2) in ’14; Brady: 15-9 record last 24 playoff games, 49 TD passes, 28 INT (won 1st 10 playoff games, 14 TD passes, 3 INT)…TE Rob Gronkowski: 52 rec., 754 yards, 9 TD rec. in 10 career postseason games dating back to ’10 (scored at least 1 TD in 5 straight postseason games)…Allowed 16 offensive TD in last 12 games (11-1); allowed 14 offensive TDs in first 4 games (2-2) in ’17…Allowed 168 points in last 12 games (11-1); allowed 128 points in first 4 games (2-2) in ’17…Allowed 296 points in 16 games in ‘17 (allowed NFL-low 250 points in ’16)…Including playoffs, outscored opposition 246-97 in first quarter in 35 games dating back to ’16…

Things to look for: Can the Tennessee Titans dethrone the defending Super Bowl champions? Last week against the Chiefs, running back Derrick Henry rolled up 156 yards on the ground. And while Mike Mularkey’s offensive line isn’t the same unit that it was a season ago, it still rates an edge over a suspect New England Patriots’ defensive front. Of course, the Pats are in the playoffs for the ninth consecutive year and Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have seen it all and done it all. Keep an eye on tight end Rob Gronkowski against Dick LeBeau’s defense…

NOTE: Win-loss records include playoffs

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